Opinion

School Committee Influence

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We respectfully disagree with a statement made by Stephen Davol, one of Chatham's representatives on the Monomoy Regional School Committee, during last week's meeting to fill a vacancy on the education panel. He prefaced his question to the two candidates for the post by cautioning that school committee members “do not affect the day-to-day operations of the schools.” That's the job of the superintendent, he said...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 2

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Put A Rest To Conspiracy Theories Editor: In the wake of the pending release of the JFK assassination files that have been classified since 1963, I was reminded of my own interest in conspiracy theories, new and old. My wife and I drove across country to Monterey, Calif. from the Cape this summer, stopping in Roswell N.M. to visit the UFO Museum located there. It is an interesting place, filled with artifac...

Russ Allen: Harwich's Hidden History

By: Russ Allen

All over Harwich – based on the pictures I took this past week – there are over 70 of them. Some are easily visible – many are barely noticeable by people driving by – most cannot be read except by pulling off the road and getting out of a car. There is a collection of them in front of the Harwich Police and Fire Departments’ headquarters buildings, and the most recognized one is located near the Route 39-Old Que...

John Whelan: Cape Cod Lucky

By: John Whelan

“With a little bit….with a little bit With a little bit of bloomin’ luck”   Lerner and Loewe created the wonderful song “With a Little Bit of Luck” to explain the philosophy of ne’er-do-well Alfred P. Doolittle in the hit musical “My Fair Lady.” Doolittle was a wonderful character and that song was just one of many great songs in the show. The song came to mind as I read of all the natural disasters that...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Churches Provide Storm Relief Editor: On Oct. 1 and 2, 11 churches came together to load 3.5 tons of emergency supplies onto a trailer bound for Houston. The project was planned and implemented in two and a half weeks, and we would like to thank the people who helped. Project leader Bob DeBoer reached out to a family member who is active in the First Baptist Church of Houston. This large church, actively...

Our View: The Unintended Consequences Of Popularity

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Traffic was snarled in downtown Chatham, nary a parking space was to be found, and crowds roamed the sidewalks and packed Kate Gould Park. A typical summer day in our fair town? No. That was the situation this past Saturday when the town was flooded with people here to take advantage of the fair fall weather and to participate in the Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Oktoberfest. Perhaps it's the stri...

Our View: Support Cape Tech Building Project

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Each week, the most consequential stories in the pages of The Chronicle are ones related to sustainability. Whether it's about wastewater treatment, waterways infrastructure, municipal finance or roads and bridges, the debate is always about providing for the needs of the next generation of people who will call this place home. And so the proposed Cape Tech building project isn't just about education or the ta...

Andrew Buckley: Ghosts And Monsters

By: Andrew Buckley

It was a blowy night, inky black with clouds obscuring the moon and stars of the sub-Antarctic sky. Inside the stout white cottage, the fluorescent yellow lights flickered and hummed at normal speeds, mostly. Everyone else had gone to bed. Five adult Americans whose brief residence had nearly doubled the population of the island. I’ve written and produced a documentary film about our time here on Saunders Isla...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Bayside Visit Creates Booklet Editor: Monomoy Regional High School would like to send a huge thank you to the Friends of Pleasant Bay for awarding us a grant to visit the bay, to spend time writing, photographing, and sketching there, and to help us pay for professional publishing of the booklet we are about to put together of all the student work created on and inspired by that visit to the beach.  Several...

Our View: Hearth And Home

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

By all accounts, William Nickerson was a bit irascible. A weaver who left Norwich, England with his wife Anne Busby in search of greater freedoms in the New World, he first settled his family in Salem, then moved to Yarmouth, which in 1640 would have been akin to a tiny village in the wilderness. “By all accounts he was a willful man used to having his way, and impatient with bureaucracy,” Dana Eldridge writes in...

Donna Tavano: All Hail Halloween

By: Donna Tavano

“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” So goes the Shakespearean mantra for this, the 10th month, October. Wicked winds rip the last desperate leaves from creaking limbs and send them skittering down empty streets as darkness steals hours from our day. It’s Halloween again. Why do we love it so much we spend $7 billion a year on it? It’s because we need fake scary so we won’t b...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

ClamBQ Thanks All You, Too Editor: On behalf of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank the community for its support to make ClamBQ, the Orleans Food and Music Festival, a success. Thank you, town of Orleans selectmen and municipal staff, Nauset Public Schools, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, and Orleans Bowling Center for helping us again. Thank you to our official sponsors: Agway...