Opinion

This week Monomoy Regional High School administrators revealed the results of the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which aims to spotlight the potentially dangerous activities students are engaging in, as well as how they view their mental health. The 2019 survey results were alarming. Of the 522 students included in the final sample, 148 reported experiencing depression in the past year, with 18 attempting ...

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 10, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Stay Out Of National Politics Editor: As I was reading the editorial in the Sept.12 Chronicle, it occurred to me I was reading the ultra-left Cape Cod Times. Alas, upon checking the page I was dismayed—it was The Cape Cod Chronicle! Until then I was a huge fan of the C.C.C. First of all, our president did not “insist” Dorian would hit Alabama. I have heard his comment several times. Call him a liar again...

Donna Tavano: Room On The Broom For Everyone

By: Donna Tavano

I can tell it’s October on Cape Cod. Still warm days, coolish nights and the quiet, insistent refrain running through my head, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…” Something wicked good, that is. Hello Halloween! That was a quote from Macbeth, by the way, and also the title of one of my favorite books by Ray Bradbury, which I read when I was 11. The expression was first noted in a 173...

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 3, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help For Successful Launch Editor: The villages of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans have a heart for giving. So does Hyannis! Protect Our Past, the newly formed not-for-profit organization which is focused on changing the tide of the current trend of losing historic properties, was at the receiving end of such generosity. I want to publicly thank the following businesses that gave selflessly for the r...

Our View: Vaping Ban Not Far Enough

By: Alan Pollock

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 805 lung injury cases related to e-cigarettes and vaping have been reported in 46 states—including Massachusetts—and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed. Vaping products containing THC appear to have played a role in most cases, but no single product or chemical links all of the cases. Last week's declaration by Governor Charlie of a...

A Stranger In A Strange Land

By: John Whelan

“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City They’ve gone about as far as they can go.” Oscar Hammerstein I am often asked how I find subjects for my Cape Cod Chronicle articles. My answer is that sometimes ideas just come to me as I am walking and sometimes they evolve from events in my life. This article comes from the latter. We all drive cars today that are literally filled with hundreds of computers a...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 26, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A Community That Paints Together... Editor: On behalf of the Guild of Harwich Artists, thank you (again) Harwich for supporting our “for art and community” mission. Saturday, during the Harwich Cranberry Festival, the Guild hosted our annual “Make-It-Take-It” event at the community center. Like our spring “Mystery Painting Puzzle,” the MITI engages the community with a hands-on painting experience. Upwards ...

Our View: Academic Collaboration Makes Sense

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Observers of town government, or probably any level of government, will know that there’s a familiar pattern that plays out day after day, year after year. A crisis happens or a problem arises, and elected officials and town staff work to find a solution. If there’s anything worse than reactive governance, it’s probably government that’s not reactive at all. Still, when town officials explore really creative, ...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 19, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Airport Plan Threat To Town Editor: Believing that my home-seeking-and-buying experience is representative of some other Chatham homeowners, I am writing to express great dismay at the intentions of the airport commission to carry out a master plan of extensive expansion that will create safety risks and negatively affect quality of life. After several years of considering numerous coastal towns and looking...

Our View: A DCPC Well Worth Pursuing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich officials made the right move in nominating the section of Route 28 in West Harwich known as Captains' Row to the Cape Cod Commission as a District of Critical Planning Concern. Given the development pressure that is creeping into this area, a DCPC designation can't come too soon. The neighborhood, from the Denis town line to the west bank of the Herring River, contains a dense grouping of well-preserv...

Andrew Buckley: The Call Of The Wind

By: Andrew Buckley

It’s a big boat. Feels like a big boat. Twenty-eight feet and I’m still testing its limits. A couple weeks back, the weather being ideal and the tides right, I was able to take the Chris-Craft out with some friends for the afternoon. After making it over the hump, where low water can be as low as two feet (for a vessel that draws two and a half feet of water) at the bend of the Oyster River, the world opened u...

Hawk Talk

By: Donna Tavano

I first noticed them last spring, soaring tandem over my head, emitting a series of staccato piercing shrieks. As they neared, there was no mistaking the distinctive red glow of their spread tails. Well, lookie lookie at who’s vacationing in Harwich Port this summer. The Harwich Port Red Tail Hawks had arrived. We’d have to duck into the house as one swooped down at breakneck speed to grab its dinner: a vole, ...