Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Shoes No Longer Secure Editor: I am sad to report that visitors can no longer safely leave their shoes at the bottom of Lighthouse Beach steps. After our allotted 30 minute visit, ours had been taken. What a shame! Judy Nichols Chatham   Accident Reinforces Safety Concerns Editor: The Trustees and staff members of Brooks Free Library would like to thank you for the Aug. 9 article “Safety Concerns R...

Voyage Of The Colby (Part II)

By: Andrew Buckley

Not again. Unlike yesterday, we were going to get an early start. With an outgoing tide from Menemesha Pond, we would slide out into the northwest current and make it around West Chop and out of Vineyard Sound well before noon. Then, despite the reversal of the tidal flow to against us, the southwest wind would hurry us home diagonally across Nantucket Sound. If the engine would start. A little after fiv...

Where The Wild Things Are

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It’s been a great week for a swim. The area beaches are pristine, the water is clean and cool, and with the mercury flirting with 90 degrees in recent days, plenty of people are in the water. It’s a quintessential Cape Cod summer. But heed this gentle reminder: the ocean is where the wild things are. The waters off the Lower and Outer Cape are particularly sharky right now. On Tuesday alone, the Atlantic Whi...

Donna Tavano: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

By: Donna Tavano

Our formal introduction to art begins early. By three, most American tots have begun their 12- to 20-year academic trek. Art exploration starts in preschool. Smocked children delightedly dibble and dabble in billowy yards of newsprint, glue (not the tasty '50s paste of our youth) tempera paint and pipe cleaners. This process ensures messy children and equally messy creations, which are then clipped to miniature ...

Letters to the Editor - Aug. 9

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A Primer On Nuisance Law Editor: If one does not agree with an opinion, there is no reason to insult the writer. Both David Bixby and J. Dennis Glover begin their anti-airport letters by personally insulting Barry Fulcher. Bixby describes Fulcher’s opinion (“The Chatham airport has been here a lot longer than you have; why weren’t you aware of the proximity to your property when you bought your home here?”)...

Our View: CBI Rapprochement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

With new a new manager now on board at Chatham Bars Inn, it's time for the town and its major resort and largest private employer to resolve their various differences and begin working together. Over the past several years, the town and the 104-year-old Shore Road resort have been involved in several disputes, a few of which have ended up in court. While it isn't unusual for municipalities and businesses to fi...

Letters to the Editor, July 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

The Benefits Of Seniority Editor: Mr. Lindsay, David Bixby,and J. Denis Glover: The Chatham airport has been here a lot longer than you have, and why weren't you aware of the proximity to your property when you bought your home here? Barry Fulcher Chatham   Democracy Not In Action Editor: Congratulations to the folks of Wellfleet who convinced MassDOT to change their plans for a roundabo...

John Whelan: Ebb Tide

By: John Whelan

“First the tide rushes in Plants a kiss on the shore Then rolls out to sea and the sea is very still once more” The Righteous Brothers I’m a beach guy. Not everyone is. I’ve been going to the same beach between Holway Street and Andrew Harding's Lane for more than 70 years. The water there is always too cold. This year, the spring, or the lack of spring, had me totally discouraged. I was afraid it wou...

Our View: Paddle Smart

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We’ve had a stretch of great weather recently, and it seems like more people than ever are taking to kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to explore area waterways. It’s a fun, healthy, family-friendly activity that’s popular with lots of visitors – many of whom haven’t spent much time on the water. Becoming a recreational boater usually requires a little financial commitment: buying the boat, maintaining it, tran...

Letters to the Editor, July 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Fine Friends Of The Fourth Editor: The 2018 Town of Orleans Fourth of July Celebration Committee extends a very appreciative Thank You for another successful year supporting the town’s Fourth of July Celebration Fireworks and Parade. The fireworks and parade would not be successful without the hard work, the support and the donation of vehicles, materials and time by many local businesses, volunteers and to...

Our View: Making Policy Is Messy Business

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

In letters to the editor and social media recent appointments by the Chatham Board of Selectmen have been criticized as favoritism and cronyism. Singled out were the appointments of J.P. Vario to the airport commission, who replaced incumbent Tom Wilson, and David Oppenheim and Andrew Meincke to the waterways advisory committee, replacing Tim Linnell and Peter Taylor. Wilson was a critic of the airport, and, t...

Voyage Of The Colby

By: Andrew Buckley

I had slept the night before, on and off, in the quarter berth, listening to the bilge pump go on every five to six minutes. At 2 a.m., I got up, opened the hatch and emerged in the summer night air of Warwick Cove. It only took about 26 pumps of the manual bilge’s handle to empty the sailboat. But it was coming in much too fast. Twenty years earlier, I had purchased a 27-foot Catalina 27 at the Savin Hill Yac...