Opinion

Andrew Buckley: Climate Delayed

By: Andrew Buckley

Daffodils in the middle of May. But no tulips yet. I measure the march of spring by an immovable date on the calendar, specifically my birthday in the second week in May. The tulips should be up now. They are not. Sometimes they are passed. I cannot even find them. Meanwhile, daffodils are typically out around Easter. Whenever that is. They’re out then, in one fashion or another, in April. So now I am all s...

Letters to the Editor, May 10

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Stairway To Heaven Editor: I just received a receipt for a donation to the Eldredge Public Library. And I think I have read in The Chronicle that the current librarian is retiring. Which got me to thinking: what was the name of the Chatham librarian back in the 1940s and 1950s who was stone deaf? Stone deaf but able to hear the thoughts of anyone even thinking about climbing the old circular staircase to t...

Our View 2: McManus For Selectman

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When Harwich voters go to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, they will have to weigh the value of experience against new candidates who have contributed little to municipal government. Our recommendation is to take the experience. Ed McManus sits on the finance committee and is a member of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. He served as a selectman for 11 years, stepping down from the board when he was el...

Our View: Cocolis, Metters And Nicastro

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham's town government is running pretty smoothly. Taxes are low, water is flowing, streets are paved, and trains, so to speak, are running on time. We understand as much as anyone that things aren't perfect; the shoreline is a mess, spending could be reined in, and there are some big projects on the horizon, which will need steady guidance from the top. It seems to us this isn't the time to disrupt the system...

On Monday Harwich voters will face a 69-article annual town meeting warrant containing a lot of weighty and, in some cases, costly articles. There are more than $30 million in debt and capital exclusion requests and the operating budgets for the town, Monomoy Regional School District and Cape Cod Tech push the number beyond $65 million. There are several major issues on the minds of voters, foremost among them...

Eleven years ago, my wife and I moved to Harwich Center. At first reluctant to consider living here, when our agent showed us assets like the community center and Brooks Free Library, and a house that met our criteria, we changed our minds. This column, my 48 th , marks completion of four years spent learning about and deepening my appreciation for Harwich, a feeling strengthened reading the 2017 Annual Town R...

Letters to the Editor, May 3

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Board Can Use New Blood Editor: As we approach the upcoming election in Harwich, we would suggest serious consideration for Tom Sherry for selectman. Though new to the political scene, he is a fine, hardworking, sincere man. Tom is interested in the future of this beautiful town and its people. An undeniable asset is Tom’s willingness to listen to his constituents. He has a calm, patient demeanor and will w...

Letters to the Editor, April 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

E lection, Town Meeting Deadlines Letters relating to Chatham's annual town meeting and election will be accepted for publication through the issue of May 3. Irrigators Should Pay For Water Editor: I am writing in support of the editorial regarding water rates.  We have owned our vacation home in Chatham for 20 years.  During that time we have seen countless number of McMansions built, all with ma...

Our View: Fighting Opioid Addiction

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Any deaths from opioids are tragic and wasteful. We have seen our share of them in our local communities, and while not always high profile, they have the same devastating effect whether the cause is spoken about or hushed up. The more than 500 Cape Codders deaths due to opioid overdoses since 2000 have caused emotional anguish, social instability and economic woes throughout the community. Various agencies ha...

John Whelan: Give Me The Simple Life

By: John Whelan

“I don’t believe in frettin’ and grievin’ Why mess around with strife I never was cut out to step out and strut out Give me the simple life.”   While doing research for a course on The Great American Songbook that I’m teaching with Steve Bornemeier as part of the Learning Series sponsored by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library, I came across the old song “Give Me the Simple Life.” I’ve alway...

Our View: Honoring Officer Gannon

By: Russ Allen

Rev. Russ Allen, a Chronicle columnist and retired minister, delivered the following words at the Peace Candle Ceremony Sunday morning at the Federated Church in Orleans. The announcement was simple yet shocking. Yarmouth Police K-9 Officer Sean Gannon. EOW: 4/12/18. (EOW means “End of Watch.”) I light the Peace Candle this morning in honor of this 32-year-old married law enforcement officer killed in the...

Letters to the Editor, April 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Election, Town Meeting Deadlines Letters relating to the annual town meeting and election in Harwich will be accepted for publication through the issue of April 26. Letters relating to Chatham's annual town meeting and election will be accepted for publication through the issue of May 3.   Get The Facts Straight Editor: I don’t write many letters to newspapers but Kathy Jones’ tea party letter (...