Opinion

And Now, 2018

By: John Whelan

“Goodbye to you my trusted friend We’ve known each other since we were 9 or 10. We had joy, we had fun We had seasons in the sun But the wine and the song Like the seasons have all gone.”   The song is “Seasons in the Sun” and Canadian singer Terry Jacks sold 10 million copies of the record after its release in 1974. The song was written by Jacques Brel in 1961 and was originally named “Le Mo...

One Building At A Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the arguments used by opponents of sidewalks along Stage Harbor Road was that they would destroy the street's historic streetscape. Many of those same people have torpedoed a proposed National Register Historic District for the neighborhood. Just seems a bit ironic to us. There's no arguing with the historical commission's assertion that Stage Harbor Road contains one of the most significant grouping...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Negative Impact Of Skydiving Editor: How unfortunate that Cape Cod elected officials are promoting aviation and skydiving interests (to benefit the few) at the expense of their constituents’ quality of life. We have watched similar scenarios unfold in communities across the country. If the Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport lose their judicial case against the town, you can rest assured the entire communit...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

<Headline>Negative Impact Of Skydiving   Editor: How unfortunate that Cape Cod elected officials are promoting aviation and skydiving interests (to benefit the few) at the expense of their constituents’ quality of life. We have watched similar scenarios unfold in communities across the country. If the Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport lose their judicial case against the town, you can rest assure...

Andrew Buckley: The Ice

By: Andrew Buckley

A long stretch of light gray cloudy glass ran up the narrow inlet, thick and heavy. In the mild – as much as one should ever expect in early January, especially following a two week stretch of solidly-below 20 degree temperatures – air, the cool breeze from the southeast carried moisture. Rain had been forecast for later, and on top of the still-frozen ground, created the danger of flooding. My gravel driveway...

Our View: Examine Shoreline Solutions – Now

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you want to know what climate change and sea level rise looks like, just check out photos and videos from the winter storm that hit our area Jan. 4. Local officials would do well to pay attention to that preview. We've become inured to storms inundating certain areas along the coast; Chatham's Ryder's Cove floods regularly, as do a number of roadways hard by the water, including the intersection of Route 28...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

New Year's Resolutions For Trump Editor: Some modest but important 2018 New Year’s Resolutions for Mr. Trump: Reveal your 2015/2016 taxes publicly in the press immediately. Stop seeking and accepting public adulation from your cabinet members. Listen more to Average Americans, not just to millionaires. Give Mr. Pence some real work to do, like fix Puerto Rico. Have dinner with your family eac...

Donna Tavano: New Year Re-solutions

By: Donna Tavano

Father Time, often synonymous with the Grim Reaper in appearance and philosophy, is off the hook until next year, having just transitioned us into 2018. The guy never fails…I’m not convinced the tradition of handing the New Year over to an infant is such a good idea. Would we give a baby the car keys? But the old wise guy is no fool – he’s gettin’ out while the gettin’s good. Throw enough fireworks, liquor and ...

Our View: Pot Bylaw Is Too Broad

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Selectman Shareen Davis was right when she said that proposed general and zoning bylaws prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana, as written, are too broad. The same can be said of similar bylaws that will go before voters in Harwich and other Cape towns. As Davis said recently, nobody is advocating opening up a pot shop on Chatham's Main Street. Rather, she wants to preserve the ability of local...

Russ Allen: Tips For Surviving Winter

By: Russ Allen

Many Cape Codders say there is no spring season here. Others complain about the crowds and traffic during the summer. Autumn often ends up too hectic with holiday season activities. For me, the hardest of all is winter, especially the three months of January, February, and March. Like many retirees, I knew little about winter on Cape Cod, having spent most of my visits enjoying summer or fall vacations. A few ...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 4

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

There Is A Santa Claus Editor: Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Yes, Virginia (the country, actually), there is a Santa Claus (and hope). Merry Christmas! Paul Nahass Harwich   First Night Takes Two Towns Editor: How does a small town like Chatham continue to produce one of the longest running and most successful First Night celebrations in the country? The answer is that it takes two to...

Our View: Banking On It

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Been to the bank lately? Fewer and fewer people have been, it seems. This week we learned that Bank of America will be closing its Chatham branch March 27; just about a year ago, TD Bank also closed its Chatham office. One of the main reasons given for the closures is changing bank habits. A Bank of America spokesperson said that these days, people rarely visit branch offices, dropping by mostly for financial ...