Opinion

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 ...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 28

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Lower Cape Comes Through Editor: On behalf of the Harwich firefighters and police officers, I would like to thank everyone who donated to this year's food and toy drive, our most successful yet. I would particularly like to thank the following local businesses for their donations that made this program possible: Sheriff James Cummings, Nauset Disposal, New England Gardens, 400 East Restaurant, Red's Pizza, ...

Our View: To Absent Friends

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As we close out one year and look ahead to the next, it's a good time to remember the people we lost over the past 12 months who made a difference in our lives and our communities. Chatham was stunned last February when former Selectman Tom Roper passed away unexpectedly. Known for his attention to detail and penchant for humor, he'd entered town politics as a bit of an outlier and evolved into a voice of reas...

John Whelan: Both Sides Now

By: John Whelan

Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feathers canyons everywhere I’ve looked at clouds that way   But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But clouds got in my way   Joni Mitchell wrote the song and Judy Collins sung it on her “Wildflowers” album released in 1967. It is a wonderful song and Judy Colli...

Our View: Maintaining The Magic

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Too often, we look outward at the holidays, shopping, planning and attending parties, decorating. Coming as it does between the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (or, if you prefer, the longest night) and the day our calendar tells us begins a new year, Christmas is also a time to look inward, to take stock of our lives and be thankful for family, friends and community. A glimpse at the pages of th...

On the Solstice

By: Andrew Buckley

The sun is barely up when I arrive at the overlook at Lighthouse Beach. It doesn’t even seem to glare like it did in the fall, back in September and October. That’s when the sun would blaze down on my forehead and into my eyes, seeming to make the pushing of the mower a more wretchedly hot ordeal than in the depths of July and August. But now our star is at its greatest distance from us, and even though it mig...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help Along The Path To Eagle Editor: The people I would like to thank for helping in the completion of my Eagle Scout project are: My Mom and my Dad, Scoutmasters Alex Carlson, John Donlan and Jarrod West, the Scouts of Troop 77 Brewster, especially Daren Kapolis, Mike Lach and Colin Leonard of Harwich Conservation Trust, and Jason Gourdine of Mid Cape Home Centers. Carl Furner Harwich   Retain ...