Opinion

Letters to the Editor, June 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

'Hooked' On Parade Planning Editor: On behalf of the 2018 Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee I would like to sincerely thank the previous committee for all of their hard work and incredible organization. Brad Schiff, Danielle Jeanloz, John King, Stephanie Hamilton, and Jan Fields left us an incredibly detailed plan that made it very easy for us, as an entirely new committee, to pick up where they left ...

Donna Tavano: Getting In The Rabbit Habit

By: Donna Tavano

I was in my house, minding my own business, corralling errant dust bunnies from under the bed, when another, more critical bunny crisis descended upon me. The gran’chillun bounded in, clamoring for my presence in the backyard where their mom was on poop patrol. In the middle of the lawn, as she was about to fling a pile of you-know-what into a bucket, she thought she saw it move. It was not, in fact, a pile of yo...

Russ Allen: Grocery Store Etiquette

By: Russ Allen

We are about to enter that time of year when the various and diverse segments of Harwich’s society attempt to live together in relative harmony. Full-time residents, second homeowners, returning snowbirds, business owners, employees, and customers, J-1 Visa holders, college sports players, vacationers and tourists; over the next three-four months all of these will interact in ways that hopefully will prove mutual...

Our View: Notice To Mariners

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you're planning on going out on the waters of Chatham Harbor, Pleasant Bay, Nantucket Sound or Stage Harbor in the coming weeks, do yourself a favor. Attend Saturday's harbor update session sponsored by the Monomoy Yacht Club. This winter was not kind to east-facing beaches, the outer beaches and the above-mentioned waterways. Four nor'easters ripped sand from the shores, rearranged inlets and shuffled shoa...

Letters to the Editor, June 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Rosanne Can Tune Up Editor: Now that ABC cancelled her show due to a deplorable racist Tweet, Rosanne Barr will have plenty of time to perfect her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Remember when she screeched out the National Anthem at a Padre's game back in July 1990? Mike Rice South Wellfleet-based   Art And Film Happily Converge Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank...

Tim Wood: Down On Negativity

By: Tim Wood

I'm done with negativity. It's something that's not easy to avoid these days. It's everywhere. It permeates our lives like an incubating virus, hiding inside otherwise innocent seeming words and phrases in everyday conversation, on the news and TV, in newspapers and on websites. And I'm not just talking about politics, world, national and local. Although if leaders set the standard for the rest of us, no wo...

Letters to the Editor, May 31

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Give Up On Monomoy Bill Editor: I’ve done some research on H.R. 1157 regarding the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.  Here is my take on it.  It’s on “death watch.” Although Congressman Keating sponsored and submitted the bill, he has not “championed” it.  There are no co-sponsors.  Not even Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts Third District, who sits on the Natural Resources Committee! It was disappointin...

Our View: A Push For The Boundary Bill

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Selectmen are justified in being upset over the failure of Congressman William Keating to be more aggressive in pushing forward legislation on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge boundary. The bill has been around for more than two years; in its current form it was refiled in February 2017 as H.R. 1157. It gained the endorsement of the House Committee on Natural Resources in December but has languished i...

Letters to the Editor, May 24

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Sounds Like Another W. Chatham Editor: I find it concerning that it was voted to ban balloons starting after this summer. I do stop down once in a while to see the beaches. I have never seen piles of deflated balloons as claimed. I find it hard to believe that several hundred were counted in a three- or four-month time period. This is beginning to sound like the one of the reasons we needed two new rotaries...

John Whelan: 50 Years Is A Long, Long Time

By: John Whelan

“Once upon a time there was a tavern Where we used to raise a glass or two Those were the days my friend We thought they’d never end We sing and dance forever and a day We’d live the life we choose We’d fight and never lose For we were young and sure to have our way”   Gene Raskin wrote “Those Were the Days” and Mary Hopkin sang it. The song reached number two in 1968 on the Billboar...

Our View: Leaving Their Mark

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Every generations has leaders that leave their mark on a community. During the past several weeks, Chatham has lost two such people. A few weeks ago, cancer took Jean Young, a former board of health member and consummate volunteer whose passion for making life better for children found expression in almost every aspect of her life. From her work at both the elementary and middle schools, organizing the after-p...

Preparedness: The Antidote For Fear

By: cape

First, let’s state the obvious. The possibility of a school shooting on the Lower Cape, however remote, is terrifying. And it’s sickening that, in this age, we’re holding active shooter drills in our schools and training the nurses to apply tourniquets. But mass shootings happen, and ignoring that possibility is irresponsible. If you’re tempted to invoke the “it can’t happen here” perspective, know that you’re...