Opinion

Harwich: Past, Present And Future?

By: Russ Allen

Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” interviewing Alan Burdick about his book “Why Time Flies?” asked The New Yorker staffer: “One question that sums up much of what you write about is what is the meaning of now?” Burdick’s response suggested that “now” consists of a present that is a product of the past and the creator of the future. What was influences what is which anticipates what is to co...

A Puritan Would Have Hated It

By: John Whelan

“There’s a party going on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter, too We gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now Celebration Let’s all celebrate and have a good time Celebration We gonna celebrate and have a good time.”   Kool and the Gang recorded their anthem to good times in late 1980 and it reached number one on t...

Just The (Alt) Facts

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

From our somewhat isolated enclave here at the Cape's elbow, we've watched the way the new administration of President Donald Trump's relationship with the national media has gone from bad to worse. Even after just a few days in office, it's clear that the new president has brought with him a new paradigm not only in the way he conducts the nation's business, but also how he communicates with the public and the p...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

ARL To The Rescue Editor: Our thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Brewster for answering our call to help a young speckle-feathered seagull who sat for hours in a pouring rain across from our home. The bird appeared healthy and alert with a wondering look of "who will save me from becoming a coyote's midnight treat?" The competent technician noted a damaged leg and drove our feathered friend to ...

Time To Expand Downtown Parking

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Parking in downtown Chatham has been a matter of public concern since, well, way back. Chamber of commerce documents record discussions of parking problems from the 1940s, maybe earlier. Every once and a while small steps are taken to try to improve the situation – the reconfiguration of town parking off Stage Harbor Road a few years back, for instance – but like a vacuum, what additional spaces can be created ar...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Donations Keep Kids Warm Editor: Chatham, you have done it again! Community organizations, businesses, churches and individuals came forward to provide warm winter clothing and holiday wishes to over 200 of Chatham’s children. The Chatham Children’s Fund, Monomoy Community Services and The Chatham Angel Fund collaborate year-round to support Chatham’s families with children in a variety of ways. Special ...

The Night Walk

By: Andrew Buckley

When mixing in a food processor with frozen berries, heavy cream is not interchangeable with Greek yogurt. I mean, sure, the result is delicious – fruity whipped cream. But there was a point, right around the 1¾ cup mark, where my throat wouldn't actually swallow. It was like being Thanksgiving-worthy full, but in a matter of a minute. This was 7:30 p.m. this past Sunday night. Weather was clear, windless a...

Two Faucets

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It has certainly been a tumultuous few months, with Harwich Town Administrator Christopher Clark interviewing for a new position in several communities in Massachusetts. Clark was a finalist in four communities for positions of town manager and town administrator, but he did not land a job in those communities. He told The Chronicle this week “maybe they (the selectmen in those communities) see that my heart's no...

Untangled

By: Donna Tavano

The winds had been strong for days; maybe that was why there was so much debris on our beach. A small section of the shoreline was littered with dozens of weathered boards and driftwood. Up ahead I spied what looked like a seal pup; as I got closer I realized it was a huge ball of tangled boat lines. The ebb and flow of tides is so predictable, yet so fickle in what they choose to steal from us and spit out later...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cooperative Effort Warms The Heart Editor: It warmed my cold winter heart to read your Dec. 29 piece “Chatham Selectmen Back Eldredge Garage Purchase” and learn that there is such remarkable private/pubic cooperation on acquiring this property for the town.  I urge the selectmen to arrange the financing as soon as possible so that all Chathamites and visitors can avail themselves of this in-town treasure ...

Harwich After The Holiday Season

By: Russ Allen

Tomorrow is Twelfth Night, the last day of the traditional Christmas season, but for many the holidays ended last Tuesday. Today we might feel relief that the tree has been untrimmed and the outside lights taken down. All that is left for us to do is address (or ignore) our New Year’s resolutions, decide which gifts to keep, return, exchange, or repurpose, and await the arrival of January’s credit card bills. ...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Questions Plans For Historic Home Editor: The house at 271 Stage Harbor Rd. was a second home of sorts for me. That's why I was upset though not surprised when I read that the new owners want to demolish it. It took a strong stomach to watch their attorney nonchalantly claim that the present house doesn't fit in with the needs of their family. There was also a ridiculous assertion that the house is unliv...