Opinion

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Chatham's town fathers and then-Town Manager Bill Hinchey envisioned a program of capital projects, replacing aging, outdated town buildings one after the other, utilizing debt drop-off to fund each project without significantly boosting the tax rate.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...

Sharks And Seals

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Early this week, photos posted on Facebook by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy received wide attention, like many of the nonprofit group's postings have this summer. This series of vivid pictures showed a large, bright red smear of blood, seen from the sky above, the aftermath of a great white shark predation on a grey seal. Similar postings this summer have shown sharks making meals of seals, sometimes ra...

Letters to the Editor, July 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Troubled By Shellfish Proposal Editor: This letter was sent to Dan McKiernan of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and copied to David E. Pierce and Gov. Charles D. Baker. As a concerned resident of Chatham, I attended your hearing regarding “In-State Sale of Undersized Aquaculture Reared Shellfish” and found the meeting very troubling. For generations, Chatham shellfishermen have been pro...

On Balance

By: Andrew Buckley

Now comes the great and long-awaited leveling. Not without fits and starts and shorts and coughs. But it comes as inevitably as the rising of the sun, as undeniable at the spinning of the Earth. Balance. The day after Independence Day, we awoke to the news that an orca was sighted a dozen or so miles off Chatham. Captain Bruce Peters of Capeshores Charters and customers were shocked to see the looming dorsal o...

Guardians Of The Gilded Cups

By: Donna Tavano

Months after our recent move, I am still unpacking bins and boxes. I thought I had adequately weeded out unnecessary doodads and nonsense a year ago and seem to have survived quite well without any of the still-packed baggage we continue to haul down from the attic and up from the basement. Once in a while an old workhorse appears, like the crock pot or blender, which inspires me to concoct a savory stew or healt...