Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Cape Cod Is In Peril Editor: Do not close your eyes or it will be too late, if it isn’t already. The Cape is a strip of finite land with a sole source aquifer. Its beauty is both the asset and the vehicle towards its destruction. Do you think sewering is just about wastewater? It is absolutely tied to growth. There is an orchestrated multifaceted push to grow the Cape using paid employees to do so. Pleas...

Involve, Not Devolve

By: Donna Tavano

We just escaped October, National Depression Month, or did we? Daily we see more and more people complaining about their dissatisfaction with what’s swirling about them politically, socially, corporately and religiously. There are plaintive cries to advice columnists and letters to the editor reflecting a clear and present disgruntlement with the society in which we live. For some, it appears as anger borne out ...

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...