Opinion

In Our View: In The Weeds

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Faced with the possibility of retail marijuana sales, selectmen in both Chatham and Harwich have opted to take similar approaches. Last week both voted to direct staff to develop zoning and general bylaws to ban marijuana shops, an expected and not altogether unreasonable approach, since voters in both communities rejected the November referendum question legalizing pot sales. In July the state legislature voted ...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Mini-roundabout Option Needed Editor: At a meeting in 2015, Massachusetts Department of Transportation official Tom Currier promised Chatham Selectman Seth Taylor that there would be two options presented to the town for the Crowell Road intersection and one would include a roundabout. Instead of which a roundabout has been summarily dismissed, despite the view of Keri Pyke, the consultant’s senior engineer...

Donna Tavano: Skunked

By: Donna Tavano

It was an ordinary August night, my husband and I engaging in our usual somnambulistic and sleep depriving battle of the snores. Duke, the Boston terrier, arose at 3 a.m. for his decade-old ritual of middle of the night leg lifting in the backyard (why is it we continue to share our lives with these mutts?). Groggy spouse staggered to the back door, flipped the light and released the hound. All of this was custo...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

What To Do About Trash Editor: I came from France in 1973 with my three children after the death of my wife. In 1974 I started Au Bon Pain with some partners. Because of the success there are now over 200 locations. I was then hired away with Chicago investors and opened 11 bakery cafés there. In 1992 I was again hired by a major wholesale bakery and distribute their products over 30 states. Bottom line: I ...

Russ Allen: What Comes Next?

By: Russ Allen

Labor Day is come and gone and summer is over. Most tourists, vacationers, and summer visitors have packed up, crossed back over the bridges, and returned to their homes, colleges, jobs, and lives. The end of summer marks the de facto start of a new year, as schools reopen, work schedules resume, fall sports initiate their seasons, and, before too long, we begin plans for the holiday season. That makes this a ...

Our View: Make Sidewalks A Priority

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Electric car charging stations, proposed as part of a makeover of the parking lot at the Chatham Town Offices, would be an appropriate, far-sighted addition to the downtown infrastructure. Chatham has been proactive in taking advantage of renewable energy opportunities, with solar arrays at the former landfill, police and annex buildings, and having facilities for electric vehicles – more and more of which will b...

Why Culling Great White Sharks Is A Bad Idea

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When we received Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty's press release last week announcing “Targeted, localized shark hazard mitigation strategy proposal,” we gave it a quick read and set it aside. We were on deadline and didn't see the announcement as big news, and having dealt with Beaty in the past, we did not take his idea of culling sharks by hooking and shooting them seriously. Alas, others did. ...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 31

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Tech School Project Moves Ahead Editor: On behalf of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, I would like to extend my appreciation to the boards of selectmen from the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet for their unanimous approval of our school's building project. In the coming days and weeks, we hope to garner similar endorsements from the remaining five towns. ...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 24

By: Tim Wood

Restore Labyrinth Space Editor: Having heard so much about the Chatham Labyrinth, I was excited to be in its presence and experience the serenity it offers. When I arrived my attention was immediately drawn to a Trump sign on a garage facing the labyrinth. The owners of which have every right to do so on their property. But I ask why would you want your only audience to be those that seek solitude, healing...

John Whelan: Cape Cod Lightships

By: John Whelan

Ground Control to Major Tom Ground Control to Major Tom Your circuit’s dead there’s something wrong Can you hear me Major Tom   David Bowie was a English singer and actor well known for his creativity. Bowie created a full-blown character for Major Tom, a fictional astronaut complete with space suit and helmet. Ground Control orders Major Tom to exit the spaceship for a walk outside and, of cour...

Our Readers Come Through

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Simply put, we are blown away. The response to our first-ever summer Helping Neighbors fundraising campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod admittedly got off to a slow start. We had doubts that a planned matching grant of $50,000 could be met. But as that matching pool of money grew, so did the donations coming in from both year-round and summer residents. This week the Pantry announced that the c...

Our View: Worth A Thousand Words

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It wasn't surprising to learn that a white shark killed a seal in Chatham Harbor last week. It was bound to happen, since sharks tend to be present where their favorite prey is located, and there are plenty of seals in the harbor. What was a little surprising was the debate that was sparked when we shared photos of the predation on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. The images were bloody and graphic, and were...