Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9

Cape Cod Is In Peril


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. Please consider the following.

Chambers of commerce are branding towns and extending the seasons. Zoning plans allow increased densities in already developed areas. The sale point is to protect more conservation land, and increasingly that land is also being eyed towards other use.

MassDOT requires “complete streets” which changes the character of the rural type roadway and increases its dimensions with hopes to easily accommodate increased traffic. Our infrastructures are straining and inadequate even for the current population. So building more and larger infrastructures on a small strip of land will not work. There are now trains to the Cape; Barnstable Airport had more commercial flights and always talks of another bridge.

Who is monitoring the effects of too much growth with evaluations towards maintaining character and sustaining life, both human and animal? We cannot rely on the government or the Cape Cod Commission to do that as their goals and ours may not be the same. We should be more than just an economic opportunity for some.

Are there ways in which the controlled growth of towns is being kept in balance?

Evaluate your own town, attend town meeting, vote no when necessary and bring citizen’s petitions to town meeting that support measured growth. If we as the voting public don’t become involved, overpopulation wins. It’s coming like a freight train but don’t close your eyes.

That is our only hope.

Sally Urbano



Concerned With Play's Content


The Monomoy Regional Middle School (grades five to seven) has been invited to attend a performance of “In The Heights” at Wheelock Family Theatre. My concern has to do with the content of this play. I have already expressed this to the school. The following is taken from information given to parents: "There is quite a bit of language in the show ranging from mild (hell, ass) to moderate (sh**, damn). There are also several instances of sexual jokes between characters, though nothing is shown but a few onstage kisses. In addition there are references to drugs, drug use, and alcohol." The students attending will range in age from 10 to 12. Supposedly the play has been reviewed as appropriate for ages 9-plus. It seems to me that a movie with this content may be rated PG13.

Our children are exposed to so much and are being forced to grow up so much more quickly in today's world. It is indeed concerning to me. But then to have schools endorse these things, too, makes it even harder. This district has already turned our eighth graders into high schoolers and our fifth graders into junior high schoolers. Finally, I believe the high school has participated in a "risky behavior" study and is currently looking at ways to help these students make healthy/better decisions. May I dare say this field trip does not support those goals.

Sarah Thonus



Many Benefit From SCORE Program


Many of us who are running non-profits recently benefited from the Building Stronger Nonprofit Leadership Teams conducted by Cape Cod SCORE, and particularly by Marc Goldberg. Marc works tirelessly advising and consulting with nonprofits as they endeavor to fulfill niches in our community with the help of their generous donors and dedicated volunteers.
This seminar was sponsored through the generosity of the Cape Cod Charitable Foundation and facilitated by Andi Genser and Pam Kukla from WE CAN, Kristen O’Malley and Hank Holden from the Cape Cod Foundation, David Troutman from Calmer Choice and Benton Bodamer from Goodwin Proctor. Through their leadership they helped the many organizations that attended refine their practices and share ideas for providing their services more efficiently.
We thank Marc and his team for conducting a wonderful program and would like the rest of the community to know how useful SCORE programs are for both nonprofits and small businesses. We also thank our fellow participants for sharing their experiences as we continue to expand our services to Cape Cod residents and visitors.

Richard Kraycir

Executive Director of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Danielle Jeanloz

Executive Director of the Atwood House and Museum


Film Highlights Nuclear Power Problems


Entergy, owner and operator of Pilgrim, the nuclear power plant in Plymouth, has promised to cease operation by mid 2019. Can we trust Entergy to invest the necessary funds to keep the plant safe as it is winding down? We have grown accustomed to reports of systemic mismanagement, poor maintenance and cyber security violations. Pilgrim has been degraded by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) to column 4, one step before mandatory closure. It remains one of the three worst of the 99 nuclear reactors in the country.

Closure heightens concern for safe storage of Pilgrim's nuclear waste. The hot, radioactive fuel assemblies are housed in overcrowded pools of water on the edge of Cape Cod Bay. They are vulnerable to fire, northeasters and hurricanes, rising sea levels and terrorists. The nuclear power industry was born with our federal government's promise, as yet unfulfilled, to provide a safe depository for the waste. How can we trust Entergy to responsibly manage storage while we wait for Uncle Sam? Who will bear the costs and responsibility for cleaning up the site? 

You must attend the powerful documentary “Power Struggle,” presented by the Cape Downwinders on Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Chatham. The filmmaker, Robbie Leppzer, will be there along with a knowledgeable panel to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

Do not be pacified by Energy's promise to close Pilgrim in 19 months. Close Pilgrim now! Public safety is at risk.

Mary and John Conathan 

Cape Downwinders


Wrong Picture Of Trails Group


Having spent over a decade service on  the Harwich Trails Committee, including several terms as its clerk, I would like to set the record straight.  We met every month with a quorum, with few exceptions, and minutes were recorded and submitted as required. 
I would like to recognize the dedicated volunteers with whom I have  worked countless hours in meetings and out on the trails in an effort to meet our charge of creating new trails, monitoring existing trails and keeping them all safe, accessible, clean and enjoyable for residents and visitors alike.  We have been able to accomplish this with the cooperation of several Harwich town officials, most notably the conservation agent, Harwich Conservation Trust personnel, AmericaCorps  volunteers and the DPW staff.  I might add we have also accomplished this with no budget!  The effort has been tremendous and to suggest that this committee has routinely failed to meet its responsibilities is unjust and regrettable. It is not an accurate picture of the body of work done by this volunteer committee over the years of its existence.
That being said, I urge that my colleagues, past and present, will not be judged by recent decisions but with gratitude for their service to Harwich and I sincerely hope that some of us will have it in our hearts to continue the work we love in spite of our official demotion! 

Gerie Schumann

Harwich Port


Music Club Performance Delights


The Chatham Music Club held a performance on Oct. 8 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. This performance was free to the public to encourage many to enjoy an afternoon of exceptional music. An exceptional is was! Almost 180 people filled the pews to hear vocal, flute, cello, ukulele, violin and guitar ensemble and solo performances.

I expressed gratitude to the audience and highlighted the need for the beauty and tranquility the arts provide, especially with recent tragedies, both natural and intentionally violent. The audience agreed with rousing applause when asked if they felt lifted and happier after the performance. Comments like “We loved the program…it was a total joy and pleasure to meet so many fine people who love music as we do,” and “Thank you all for sharing your talent…it transported me to another realm…just beautiful.” It was the right time and place with the right performers who freely gave their talent to bring beauty to others through classical music.

My thanks to all the Chatham Music Club members who performed and assisted, to St. Christopher’s Church for generously sharing their beautiful sanctuary and to a most appreciative audience. It was a special afternoon and much needed.

Barbara Reed, president

Chatham Music Club


A Classical Tragedy


We would very much like to see George Stephanopoulos interview George Papadopoulos at the Acropolis.

Spanikopita, anyone?

Tom and Alice Cronin