Letter Misrepresented Positions
Our question is why someone would misrepresent the truth about the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) meeting, which we, the undersigned, attended. A letter that appeared in last week’s Chronicle came from R. Leavitt, who was totally frustrated at that meeting when he learned about a new petition signed by the
West Chatham neighborhood center businesses and residents opposing the roadway project, and the interest and concern MPO members expressed, including a promise to take this up over the next several months.
He charges us with “whoppers” when we have only spoken the truth. The safety issue, the speed issue, the cost, and the position of the West Chatham business community are all distorted in his letter.
We won’t go through all his “whoppers,” but an example is his petition of 40 local businesses in support of this bloated project. Guess what? It turns out that most of his signatures came from a different neighborhood center farther east, and that many of them were by the same owners of multiple businesses under numerous names. Nor
does he tell you that some businesses named had not agreed nor actually signed. (They wrote about this in the Chronicle.) The fact is that approximately 90 percent of the businesses in West Chatham strongly object to this project and signed their names to a new petition which Dan Meservey provided to MassDOT.
Mr. Leavitt’s attack on Selectman Taylor is also inaccurate. He misstates the facts because the truth is unfavorable to his position.
David E. Burns, M.D., Gloria Freeman, Bill Tuxbury
Scouting's Positive Impact
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Scouting has been part of that village for our family. It has given our three boys incredible opportunities like camping in Wyoming, going to a football game at West Point, sleeping on a battleship, overnights at the Boston Science Museum and the Aquarium, summer camp and this weekend they even went dog sledding in New Hampshire! It has taught them to be good stewards of our beautiful earth and good citizens in our community. They’ve learned life skills like fire safety, first aid, sewing, knots and cooking to name a few. Our family would like to thank the leaders of Troop 71 for having such a positive impact on the lives of our sons and other boys in our community.
Shame On Harwich
There is active opposition to historic districting in Harwich, currently the Captains’ Row National Register District. Even though there are no limits on personal property, much of the opposition comes from people who do not live in the proposed district. Property owners within Captains’ Row are exerting their choice to establish the National Register. Working against designation will deny financial incentives to those directly impacted, and Route 28 needs revitalization. A homeowner can opt out. Even Mr. Cakounis talks of his cranberry farm, stating it is important to preserving the heritage of the region. Apparently this is selectively applied when it doesn’t suit a personal view.
The West Harwich Schoolhouse is being used as a pawn in a political game because it was highlighted as the jewel and cornerstone for Captains’ Row. Last year multiple red herrings were thrown at the Community Preservation Act project to preserve the building. Among other tactics, putting it on the capital outlay, citing that to turn down CPA funds and then removing it. Our CPC regarded the project as well done. The finance committee voted unanimously not to support. A joint project with the town, we were never invited to appear before them. Additionally, someone called the state to derail our matching funds grant because “there was no support for the schoolhouse project” but only for saving the Judah Chase House.
Wake up, Harwich. We are seven villages of citizens that will need to protect our defining characteristics. Our town is considering moving a historic asset from one village to uplift another and it is outrageous.
Perhaps the Saquatucket harbor should be moved to West Harwich? Just as silly. Which will we choose, a village schoolhouse in its natural historic environment or perhaps a schoolhouse moved to a harbor and used as a hot dog shack? One choice is authentic, the other is a farce.
Old Bridge Players Never Die
John Ward was a friend of mine. He died a couple of months ago. He and I played bridge together and enjoyed each other's company. He was a much better bridge player than I but he put up with me.
He was an example to all. A very intelligent man to an extreme, his vast knowledge about a variety of subjects, especially and including World War II, were fascinating and insightful. I listened intently to his recollections about the war and his involvement in it. My five uncles (father's brothers) also were enlisted in the Army, Navy, Marines and all other branches of the war. One of my uncles jumped from one T-Boat to another, barely made it, but he did.
John Ward was a cheerful man, always a big smile on his face, a kind and thoughtful heart to share with all of us who had the distinct honor of knowing him.
John loved sweets. He was always happy when there were chocolate chip cookies around or something else. Above all he loved his family and was so proud of them.
Rest in peace, John. You'll be missed. OK, now, deal!
Phyllis Coffey Bilowz