Opinion

What About Bob?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Twenty five years and a day ago, at around 4 p.m., a Category 3 hurricane barreled over Cape Cod, leaving a swath of destruction that's been unmatched in the quarter century that followed. Everyone has their Hurricane Bob stories. We remember the piles of splintered boats in Allen Harbor and the countless trees and limbs left on the ground. Then there was the smell: a distinctive odor from the downed trees, mi...

Getting Off The Pills

By: Andrew Buckley

The brown-orange bottle still has about a dozen more pills left in it. Small, oblong and medium brown, I haven’t taken one in a couple days. TAKE DAILY, the label says. Refillable three more times. I’ve been on them since late February. Then, diagnosed with situational depression, I had already switched health plans so I could begin seeing a therapist nearby. My MD is a good guy, knows me, treated me for a dec...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

School Com Member Resigns Editor: After much discernment and with a heavy heart, I made the difficult decision on Aug. 12 to step down from the Monomoy Regional School Committee.  There are restrictions and limitations inherent to serving on the board for which I struggle.  I feel it inhibits my role to effectively advocate on behalf of the community.  I value the vital function of the school committee.  Ho...

Editorial: Keep The Light At Brooks Library

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

It has been a difficult time for Brooks Free Library, the municipal library in Harwich Center, with technical problems that have nearly crippled the institution over the past couple of weeks. With failed lighting circuits, the library has had to shut off access to the building at a time of year when that library is the center of this community, serving more patrons that other libraries of similar size on the Cape...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 11

By: Contributed

Democracy Means Working Together Editor: Nestled in the Kansas prairie sits a small land grant college older than the state itself, a Methodist institution named Baker University. In its ivy-covered buildings, I learned that democracy required me to study, research and interact with others. At Baker, John Dewey’s Democracy and Education followed the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in importance. "Democrac...

'Silver Tsunami' Is Coming

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Years ago, Chatham's town fathers and then-Town Manager Bill Hinchey envisioned a program of capital projects, replacing aging, outdated town buildings one after the other, utilizing debt drop-off to fund each project without significantly boosting the tax rate. With support from voters at many town meetings, the building projects came to completion one by one, like falling dominoes. Now, in a span of less tha...

Welcome To My Home!

By: Russ Allen

In the middle of winter – when the driveways of snowbirds and weekend residents may be blocked by unplowed snow – the population of the town of Harwich is around 12,000, while in the middle of summer, with the arrival of our Florida residents, second home owners, vacationers and tourists, that number increases to over 30,000, based on 2010 figures. The contrasts between the two dates are profound in terms of the ...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 4

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Once And Always Muddy Creek Editor: Names are important. Our own names are important to us. They tell everyone who we are. Place names are important, too. They reflect the history of our town and what has gone on before us. Since the early days of European settlement, our dividing line between Chatham and Harwich has been called Muddy Creek or Muddy Cove or Muddy River. In “The History of Chatham,” W....

Room For Negotiation

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Like most Chatham residents, we support the board of selectmen in its drive to roll back the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to the low water mark. It makes no sense for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suddenly assert jurisdiction over some 4,000 acres of waters and submerged lands west of the refuge, as the agency did in Monomoy's recent comprehensive conservation plan, especially ...

Letters to the Editor, July 28

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

  Try A Little Civility Editor: To well over 6,000 people, the town of Chatham is home, but it is a town and home of a special kind. Chatham is also a state, regional and international destination. Visitors come here from all over the world. Walk down the street and you can hear the tones of England or the lilt of an Irish brogue, and, within a few blocks of the downtown area, it would not be remarkable to...

Who's To Blame?

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Reflecting on last week's editorial about the fascination with sharks, especially graphic shark predations on seals, we realize that despite these being examples of nature in action right on our doorstep, there is another factor at work here, a single entity that is the cause of both the proliferation of seals along our coast and the recent arrival of great white sharks. Hillary Clinton. And, through an in-...

Just Like A Rollercoaster

By: John Whelan

Several years ago, I wrote that an entire Chatham summer passed by more quickly than two weeks in January. A number of readers wrote me to agree. Others stopped me on the street to concur. Well, this year, it is quicker than that. Picture if you will a huge rollercoaster. Most of us have spent a number of nervous moments on rollercoasters in our life. Perhaps not lately for some of you, but even now, I still r...