Opinion

Who Owns Nantucket Sound?

By: Russ Allen

I grew up spending all summer on a Long Island Sound shore in Connecticut. My family rented a cottage situated on a curved stretch of land some two miles long once owned by a person who in the early 20th century sub-divided it to allow for its development with single and groups of summer residences. Because the land was traversed by a shore road, with some properties on the south – beach – side and others on the ...

Letters To The Editor, July 7

By: Tim Wood

Sewer Measure Ignores Water Use Editor: With all due respect, my previous letter regarding water and sewer management was not a call for education but rather for expertise.  The voluntary water restriction should have been instituted as the increase in water usage was occurring over the course of 2015, allowing for an assessment of the situation perhaps before the water delivery system reached its maximu...

Lessons Learned

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Much was made of the incident at the Chatham Airport Commission meeting two weeks ago when Chairman Peter Donovan stopped the video taping of the session while police were called to restore order at the annex meeting room. Those two actions – stopping the taping and calling the police – were noteworthy in that no one could recall either happening before. They also raise the question of whether the actions were ju...

Letters To The Editor, June 30

By: Tim Wood

It's All In The Details Editor: Riding around the roads off Queen Anne Road in East Harwich presents many questions and certainly tests the safety of drivers! Detours abound with seemingly no reason as to where barriers are placed and inexcusable lines of traffic abound with no officer details to exercise safety and caution. When experiencing one of these numerous delays I called the Harwich Police dispatc...

Brexit, Stage Left

By: Tim Wood

It's ironic that the United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union came just a few weeks before the Independence Day celebration of one of its former colonies. Independence from the EU bureaucracy in Brussels was one of the key points of those backing the withdrawal. From that point of view, it's hard to argue; haven't we, after all, prided our nation on its independence right from the start? Far be it from...

Not A Sure Thing

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Chatham officials are certain that filing legislation is the best way to resolve the dispute with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Last week, Rep. William Keating assured Town Manager Jill Goldsmith and Selectman Seth Taylor that he would submit a bill to set the boundary at low water within a few weeks, before legislators recess for the summer....

Can’t Wait For Summer

By: John Whelan

I write this column once a month and Tim Wood and the good people at The Cape Cod Chronicle allow me to pick my topic each month. I always try to choose something pertaining to Chatham. There are unlimited stories about Chatham so I have lots to choose from. Now that we all can drive directly to Orleans over Muddy Creek on the handsome new bridge, I have been noticing all the activity at Pleasant Bay Community...

Letters To The Editor, June 23

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  Spread Sports Coverage Around Editor: I would like to bring to your attention that one sport at Monomoy Regional High School this spring was left out when you reported on the post-season results and accomplishments of varsity athletes.  Boys and girls track and field sent numerous athletes to their end of the season league meet in Norwell.  Additionally,  six of those athletes qualified and represented...

Light, In Darkness

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Senseless acts of brutality like Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando overwhelm the emotions. Mere words can't describe the anger, frustration and deep sorrow that we are once again enduring as a nation. But spontaneous vigils in Harwich Port and Chatham Monday reminded us not to feel two particular emotions. The first is complacency. More than just the numbness that takes over when we're repeatedly exposed to tr...

The Look

By: Andrew Buckley

It hasn’t been this long since my early 30s. And it is getting longer. The other day I was in line at the bank. Saturday morning, just about quarter ‘til noon. The gentleman in front of me was wrapping up his business at the counter and noticed the rush of activity and new customers appearing. “Is it always this busy today, or is it just last minute?” he wondered out loud. “I know I’m last minute,” I said. ...

June 16 Letters To The Editor

By: Tim Wood

Thank A Teacher Today Editor: Today we sat sifting through a bin filled with the journey of our child’s kindergarten year. This was a big transition for him and us as parents. As we sorted through the numerous papers and projects, we couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the blessing that Chatham Elementary School received this year. This blessing has a greater value than any monetary gift. Her name is Dawn...

Monomoy Stories

By: Tim Wood

Stories. That's what Monomoy Regional High School Valedictorian Catie Barr talked about at the school's commencement Sunday. There weren't just a few stories to tell about the Class of 2016, she said. “In just a few years of being together, we've lived a whole library's worth of stories,” she said. Monomoy's second graduating class added their collection of tales to the bookshelf that holds, right now, only...