Opinion

Letters to the Editors, Dec. 8

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Gun Comment Was No Joke Editor: I was surprised to hear a member of the Chatham Conservation Commission state at a recent meeting that the commissioners needed guns (“glocks,” he said, which are semi-automatic weapons) in order to fulfill their role in dealing with property owners. When an associate questioned his comment, he stated, “It was a joke.” At the school where I teach – and I think this is true of...

Growing Old With A Grateful Heart

By: Donna Tavano

To retire or not retire – that is the question, to which I speedily and emphatically replied, “No brainer – retire!” After 23 years at the Harwich Police Department, and years before working as a waitress, dog groomer, corrections officer, nurse’s aide, Teddy bear maker and child care provider and in newspaper editorial, it was time. Some congratulated me on my decision, some comments were cautionary – wh...

The New Silly Season

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. Frankly, we're confused about what we're supposed to be doing and when we're supposed to be doing it. Used to be “the silly season” referred to the craziness of summer. Not anymore. With this holiday season well underway, we're not only being bombarded by advertisements everywhere we turn – even at the gas pumps – we're also urged to take advantage of incredible d...

Harwich During The Holiday Season

By: Russ Allen

Last Thursday was the quasi-official start of the holiday season, though some stores began displaying Christmas items in October. By now, you may have started your holiday shopping, addressed your greeting cards, decorated your house with colored lights and set up your tree, and are planning the special meals or social events that will occur now through New Year’s Day. I call this annual period the “holiday se...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Let Them Eat Cake Editor: Donald Trump being elected president has me thinking the 61 million who voted for him just love a reality show. Well then, those voters should be in a state of frenzied euphoria over the next four years with the Trumpdashians, oops – I mean the Trumps, calling the White House "home." Given their opulent lifestyle I imagine the Palace of Versailles would be more to their liking, bu...

The Helping Neighbors Fund

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The holidays are here. It's time to put the divisiveness of the recent campaign season and the disquietude that followed the election behind us, look outside of ourselves and help out our neighbors. This week The Chronicle launches our 13 th annual Helping Neighbors Fund. Throughout the holiday season, we'll be raising funds for The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the Harwich-based nonprofit organization that prov...

'When I’m Sixty-Four'

By: John Whelan

When I get older losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I’d been out till quarter of three Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m sixty-four?   “When I’m Sixty-Four” was written by Paul McCartney when he was just 16 years old. How thoughts of aging entered his 16 year ol...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 24

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Clinton Candidacy Loss From Start Editor: I voted for HRC because I didn't have a choice. However, I'm very happy that she lost the election for a second time, but I'm not happy to whom she lost. Now that it's been decided, why doesn't she stop blaming other people when she, in fact, took no responsibility for the monies in the Foundation and went on as usual, entitled just like her husband. What was her p...

Eliminate The Electoral College

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As of early this week, more than four million people had signed an online petition urging Electoral College delegates to vote for the winner of the popular vote in last week's presidential election – Hillary Clinton – rather than Donald Trump, who won a majority of state Electoral votes. This effort is not likely to go anywhere, given the entrenched nature of our presidential election process. But the outpouring ...

The Result

By: Andrew Buckley

She’s 13 now. 13 and a half (and change). But who’s counting? Sofie stands now five foot four inches. That means the child I brought back to Chatham when she was 13 months and grew up amongst us, learning to swim, skate and sail, and earning her black belt, is now less than a foot shorter than me. That seems like a milestone of sorts. The summer population of Chatham was the margin of victory in the state of ...

Letters to the editor, Nov. 17

By: Tim Wood

Only Hire Registered Contractors Editor: Consumers spend millions each year on home improvements. As manager of the state’s Home Improvement Contractor Program, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs sees hundreds of projects go wrong each year, costing homeowners thousands of dollars and leaving them with shoddy or unfinished work. There are four important elements your readers need to know about the...

Keep Coast Guard In Chatham

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Disney film “The Finest Hours” helped raise the profile of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Station Chatham in particular. What the rescue of the crew of the Pendleton showed modern audiences was the Coast Guard's tradition of selfless service and perseverance, a tradition that continues today. Over the years, that tradition has been, at times, a challenge to live up to, often because of conditions out of anyone'...