Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Watching The Waters For All Editor: Friends of Chatham Waterways (FCW) would like to thank the 2016 Chatham Water Watchers for all their hard work during this year's Coastal Water Nutrient Monitoring Program. On five separate mornings this past summer, using various scientific instruments (Secchi disks, refractometers, dissolved oxygen meters and Niskins), volunteers measured water depths, clarity, salinit...

Another Week, Another Town

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Readers will notice a few new additions to this week's paper. Along with stories focusing on Chatham and Harwich, we're including some additional coverage of the town just to the north, Orleans. There are several reasons for this move, but the most important one is that it's something that residents and businesses in Orleans have been requesting for some time. It's not something we're doing blithely, either. W...

Chairmen Need To Be Inclusive

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Although the recent decision by the Attorney General's Office regarding an Open Meeting Law complaint filed by a resident against the Chatham Airport Commission was technically correct, we are concerned that the narrow interpretation of the law could lead to the limitation of public debate. Chairmen of town boards and committees are, for the most part, generous in allowing public comment at meetings, sometimes...

Letter to the Editor, Sept. 29

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Details Of W. Chatham Plan Lacking Editor: This past weekend, I watched the meeting sponsored by the Chatham Planning Board and HBDC to learn what landscaping was being proposed for West Chatham. While the DPW director spoke about the limits of work, he never addressed any specifics of MassDOT’s 100 percent design. The announcement stated this meeting was “to review proposed landscaping – West Chatham Roadw...

Trump, The App

By: Tim Wood

Donald Trump has gone to great lengths to protect his “brand,” which has appeared on everything from steaks to hotels to the failed Trump University. But as the Republican nominee for president, Trump's name is now more or less public domain and now graces some quite interesting properties. Together with an entirely new sub genre of news coverage that is barely indistinguishable from entertainment reporting, they...

Shorten Hometown Parade

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Harwich's Hometown Parade is a delight. It's everything a small-town parade should be: local, quirky, quaint and fun. But it is also too long. The more than two-mile route the parade took last Sunday – from Harwich Port to Doane Road to Sisson Road, to Route 39 through Harwich Center to Oak Street – was exhausting, according to many marchers, which perhaps explains why so many of the participants were ridin...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Bill Could Ruin Neighborhoods Editor: In the proposed National Register District called Captains’ Row in West Harwich, it was advocated for affordable housing to be included. The model was to use the existing homes to create affordable housing and/or adding on to the homes. This would keep the neighborhood livable without changing the footprint to any great degree.  Currently our state proposes to take c...

This Land Is Your Land

By: John Whelan

Way back in 1944, Woody Guthrie wrote:   “ This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me.”   The folk song has become a great anthem for America and has been recorded by dozens of artists. Guthrie and his friend Pete Seeger often wrote songs describing the plight o...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Can't Take Letter Seriously Editor: In his  recent letter, J. Denis Glover in an open letter to Chatham's clergy suggests they mediate the airport situation. He concluded his letter by asking "How about it?" Mr. Glover how about your rewriting your letter so it becomes a balanced presentation of the situation rather than your prejudiced, disjointed, twisted and unfair collection of harmful words that can...

Falling

By: Andrew Buckley

“You become very, very fatalistic. Young people come to me all the time with their resumes saying this is what they're going to do two years from now, four years from now, six years from now. I tell them don't plan so far ahead. Life has a way of changing the best-laid plans. You may think you know what you're going to be doing a year from now or two years from now. I don't think I plan more than two or three wee...

Loosening The Opiate Grip

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Harwich Police Department is to be lauded for dedicating its newest officer to combating the opiate crisis that has gripped the region – much of the country, actually – for the past few years. Having boots on the ground with the specific mission of dealing with heroin addiction in all its many facets will help the department, and the community, gain a better understanding of the problem and hopefully begin to...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Four-way Stop Safest Solution Editor: Having witnessed firsthand one of the many collisions at the intersection of Pleasant Bay Road and Route 39 and experienced the frequent congestion that this intersection creates, it seems a simple, effective and inexpensive way to increase the safety of this intersection is to create a four-way stop. Adding two stop signs requires no land taking, slows traffic in all d...