Opinion

A Shared Affordable Housing Coordinator

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Affordable housing is emerging as the most serious issue facing Cape towns. It's the chief topic of the June 23 session of the Cape Cod Commission's One Cape Summit, where experts will weigh in on the impact the lack of housing is having, and will have, on the region's economy. Understanding the impact of the lack of housing that's affordable to workers in the Cape's dominant industries – retail, construction,...

Tavano: Forest Bathing: No Soap Required

By: Donna Tavano

Sick of all those pills you take to treat your blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and heart disease? Struggling with depression, hostility or metabolic syndrome? There’s another way to go, and it’s free! Try Shinrin-yoku, the Art of Japanese Forest Bathing, no disrobing or soap required. How difficult is it? Like a walk in the park, or in this case, the woods. The Japanese have been wandering their fores...

We hear a lot of talk these days about mindfulness. Basically, mindfulness means being there, right where you are, in body, mind, and spirit. But there is something that often prevents people from actually being mindful and it's time to get real about it. That something is technology, more specifically, smartphones. I can't tell you the number of events I've been to, professional and personal, at which the maj...

Letters to the Editor, June 1

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Not The Town It One Was Editor: Chatham is not the Chatham of 15 or 20 years ago. The small fishing village with beautiful beaches is no more. It's lost its charm and affordability for the average family. A weekend visit averages $400 to $450 per night with a minimum of three nights. The Dolphin is gone. The Bradford Inn is gone. The Town House is gone. The Ridgevale Motel is gone. Chatham has demolis...

Russ Allen: Strangers In Our Midst?

By: Russ Allen

Recently overheard in a nearby store: Local man (with a tone of disgust): “Well – they’re here again. I saw them yesterday.” Store owner: “Who?” Local man: “Them. They had bicycles on the back of their car.” The local man: a retired resident of the Cape. Them: Visitors. Tourists. Early vacationers. People he was not terribly happy to see. Was he thinking as he spoke, “I wish they would close those bri...

Prepare For Sea Level Rise

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Even climate change skeptics can't dispute the evidence which shows that regional sea level rose approximately one foot over the last century. That's the highest rate in 3,000 years, according to a recent study on sea level rise in Pleasant Bay conducted by the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown under the auspices of the Pleasant Bay Alliance. In another century we may be nostalgic for that historic sea l...

Hi I'm Kat and I was a Facebook addict. (All together now, “Hi Kat.”) Until recently when I did something that in this day and age is probably considered shocking. I disabled my Facebook page, at least for a while. The truth behind my decision is as simple as it is complex. I have depression. For those who aren't familiar, depression goes beyond feeling "meh" or "blah." It can mean difficulty just waking up in...

Try It, You'll Like It

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Changes to the off-shore fishery, most obviously the disappearance of harvestable quantities of cod, forced the Cape's commercial fishermen to alter the species they target. Dogfish and skate now constitute the vast majority of the more than 14 million pounds of fish landed by Chatham's dayboat fleet at the fish pier last year. Local culinary tastes, however, have yet to adapt. Most of the fish brought in over...

Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers both enjoyed success with the 1947 song “I Guess I’ll Get the Papers and Go Home.” It is a somewhat obscure song and I admit I had to reach to find it. I like to relate each of my columns to a song or a lyric. This song was written by writers completely unknown to me: Hughie Prince, Dick Rogers and Hal Kanner. In case you are wondering, it was not that Richard Rodgers, the p...

Letters to the Editor, May 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cape Community Comes Together for Autism Editor: The Cape Cod community joined Cape Cod Village, a non-profit organization developing innovative housing and support services in Orleans for young adults with autism, on May 5 in Brewster. UnMASKing Autism, a masquerade gala, was the organization’s inaugural “signature” fundraiser. Cape Cod Technical High School's graphic arts department generously offered th...

A Monomoy Task Force

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the most important pieces of unfinished business now before the town of Chatham is the disposition of the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Legislation currently before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources aims to set the boundary at low water, where it has historically been understood to be. In its comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Letters to the Editor, May 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

  Candidate Should Be Recognized Editor: The Chronicle, of course, has the absolute right to endorse the selectman candidate of its choice. What I object to, in your editorial of May 3 is your lack of acknowledgment of the other candidate in this race. Seth Taylor is a hard-working, sometimes-too-outspoken advocate for many in Chatham whose voice would otherwise go unheard. He is diligent in seeking all...