Political Leanings Should Not Dictate Business Licenses

Cape Cod Times Letter, September 29, 2015 Stonehill Professor Peter Ubertaccio’s letter (“Davis’ actions singular in contempt for the law,” Letters, Sept. 25) perceptively notes the impropriety of the Kentucky clerk’s denial of a marriage license to a gay couple because of her own personal religious preferences. That thoughtful letter is a useful juxtaposition to…

Revamping Our Approach to Mental Illness

Cape Cod Times column, September 18, 2015 by Brian R. Merrick In a very thoughtful Aug. 27 column, Cynthia Stead asks whether it’s time to reopen state mental hospitals. The answer must be an emphatic “yes.” Reviewing the history of deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, Stead notes that over the past half-century a perfect storm…

The Lesson of D-Day

Cape Cod Times Letters, June 5, 2015 The question of whether ISIS represents a threat to the homeland, possibly warranting some use of American military ground forces, is not an easy one. Jim Coogan’s column (“Contemporary lessons from D-Day,” June 2) does not advance an intelligent discussion. His stated ad hominem reason for opposition is…

Criminalizing Politics

by Brian R. Merrick Cape Cod Times column, May 16, 2015 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently heard oral arguments in a case arising out of Barnstable County that may have a major impact on the future of political speech in Massachusetts. Even casual readers of the Cape Cod Times will be aware that during…

Robert H. Quinn; An Appreciation

Cape Cod Times column, January 17, 2014 By Brian R. Merrick Robert H. Quinn died Sunday here on the Cape at his summer home in Falmouth at age 85. Obituaries in the Cape Cod Times and other newspapers in the commonwealth general led with his sponsorship of the eponymous Quinn Bill. That signal legislation provided…