Opinion

The Hammond House

By: John Whelan

“ Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end... Those were the days, oh yes those were the days” Mary Hopkin The Hammond family has been part of American history since Benjamin and Mary Hammond immigrated from England to Rochester, Ma. in September 1634. Benjamin and Mary became Cape Codders shortly thereafter, moving to Yarmouth and later to Sandwich. Calvin Hammond, a grea...

Talent, In Spades

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

This week we take a break from budgets, wastewater and government controversies – well, not completely, but, shall we say instead “feature less prominently” – in favor of highlighting two local folks whose talent has taken them far and brought them great recognition. Earlier this month, Chatham's Dr. Michael Tompsett stood with three other notable engineers on a London stage to receive the £1 million Queen Eli...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Letter Misrepresented Positions Editor: 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 busin...

Father Daughter Dance

By: Andrew Buckley

There’s a picture on the bookshelf that greets you as you walk in our house. On the top shelf, between the blue miniature wooden dory that once carried Barbies, stuffed animals, a beloved plastic horse and hand-drawn paper dolls, and the wicker basket full of Christmas cards, sits a red foam photo frame. Adorned with two pink hearts (that always seem to be falling off and are just as easily found and reaffixed...

Monomoy Conflict

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Conflicted. That's how we feel about the prospect of the new administration in Washington being more amenable to rolling back the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's claim to somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of the waters and submerged lands west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. We've already stated our agreement with town and state officials that the federal agency overreached by including ownersh...

February Follies

By: Donna Tavano

The holidays and Super Bowl have moved on with the last straggling snowbirds, leaving us in the dust of February. The month in which Candelmas (Groundhog Day) was celebrated is smack between winter and spring, and is short but deadly, causing humans to do anything to spice it up, not the least of which is giving a rodent its own special day. But Punxsutawney Phil and Massachusetts Ms. G aren’t the only va...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9, 2017

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Deserves Better Editor: Last Monday’s town meeting was special. In addition to the usual housekeeping articles, voters chose not to listen to the negative noise and instead opted for preservation for the town: the Eldredge Garage and a conservation lot off Barn Hill Road. We also corrected an inadvertent error made by our assessors and staff. We all make mistakes. To the town’s credit, the error was...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Gratitude All Around Editor: Wow! Your article in the Jan. 19 Chronicle ("Look For The Good") gives special meaning to "a little child shall lead them." It is important to cherish the good that is all around us. We can all build our own gratitude wall. Think of the effect this would have on those we come in contact every day. Thanks for writing this great inspiring story. Let's agree to "hold fast that whic...

The Morning Tweets

By: Tim Wood

“Good morning, Mr. President.” “Good morning Sean. And it is a good morning, an American morning, a good American morning.” “I trust you slept well, sir.” “Fantastic. Like a baby. I always sleep like a baby, sound, so sound you can't hear a pin drop.” “Have you composed your morning tweets yet, sir?” “I tried, over breakfast – fantastic breakfast, by the way, best eggs ever, must be American, Ameri...

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...