Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16

Editorial Unfair To School Com


I am the parent of four students in the Monomoy Regional School District and I attend nearly every single school committee meeting. I was extremely disappointed to read The Chronicle’s editorial column last week. I find it disrespectful to the hardworking members of the school committee to characterize them as passive or as anything but extremely invested in the success of our schools, our students, and our staff. In my experience, the school committee members ask lots of thoughtful and engaged questions and seem very invested in achieving a true understanding of the issues presented to them. I applaud all of the time and effort they put into making the Monomoy school system so great.

Joy Jordan



Community Help Much Appreciated


The CapeAbilities Farm to Table Market and Gallery is now closed until May 1. We would like to thank everyone who made this season a success, from the Foulkes family for their thoughtful generosity in donating the use of their bright and beautiful house, to our hard-working staff, volunteers, and program participants for keeping things running, to our friendly local vendors and loyal customers. We extend a special thank you to the Chatham Old Village Association and other donors whose overwhelming response to our fundraising appeal for a new freezer and other equipment has meant that we will be in fabulous shape when we reopen in the spring – with help from the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers Woodworking Group as well. This community-wide support enables us to continue to create opportunities for adults with disabilities and to empower them to live meaningful lives here on the Cape.


Ellen Marx Zeyen, manager

North Chatham


Rounded Junction Better Choice


The partial staking of the east end of Route 28 shows the state highway property and, according to Selectman Dean Nicastro, the approximate required width of the proposed road layout in Option 3. It clearly shows the massive land taking and the consequential destruction of the village neighborhood as we know it. Furthermore, the supplementary – though unnecessary – staking of the west end of Route 28, Crowell Road and Queen Anne Road and the logical request for an as-is road layout and an overlay of the new projected configuration ought to convince the motoring and walking public that this Option 3 is the wrong concept. Therefore, an additional solution is to be found, namely Option 4.

The existing layout does not work because of many known and acknowledged reasons, especially the tightness of the intersection to allow an unobstructed and easy movement of cars and, very importantly, the dangerous cross traffic. By basically leaving the shape of the intersection as is, but clipping the corners of the abutting six or seven properties, a more generous and "rounded" junction (it may not be a perfect circle) will be created at which the traffic moves in one direction around a small center island to reach one of the roads converging on it.

This adjustment will accomplish a circular traffic pattern without building a typical rotary and will avoid traffic coming from two directions. HSH and MassDOT don't have to figure out the nasty drainage and grade problems. It will only require push-button post control lights for pedestrians (away from the intersection) and probably a minimum of land taking.

In order to indicate and direct the traffic flow in a circuitous pattern, it may be a nice idea for history sake to erect a statue of General Nickerson on horseback in the middle of the landscaped island.

Gerd and Norma Wagner



Appreciate Pleasant Bay Web Cam


Really like the new web cam you've installed at Pleasant Bay. You've provided me another opportunity to connect with "home." I spent a lot of time there on the beach and all around the bay as a kid and am now living in New Mexico and have had to rely on memories. You've provided me something more – live shots! Great job! Thanks.

Ron Baker

Alamogordo, N.M.


Clarification On Food Trucks


On Thursday, Nov. 1, members of our merchant community held the first of what we hope to be many merchant forums. It was a productive evening and achieved our primary goal of enhancing the lines of communication between merchants. We discussed not only what we, as a merchant community, are doing well but what steps we need to take to get better – both for our businesses and for our community. 

While we appreciate The Chronicle’s interest in covering this forum, it’s important to note that this was supposed to be a forum in which merchants could openly share their struggles and ideas with their fellow merchants. While great things do come from brainstorming sessions, not all ideas are acted upon. 

The Chronicle article covering this forum suggested that we discussed “installing food trucks in the parking lots to expand low-cost food offerings.” While we did discuss possibly inviting additional Chatham food vendors to set up on Main Street for certain special events, I want to make it very clear that we never discussed making food trucks a permanent fixture on Main Street. We value the highly successful restaurants that line our Main Street and know that their success plays into all of our success. 

The Chatham Merchants Association believes wholeheartedly that Main Street is one of our towns greatest assets. Our goal is to preserve, protect, nourish and invest in both Main Street and our entire merchant community. 

Rebecca Voelkel, president

Chatham Merchants Association 


Behind The Story Of Squanto


In reference to the recent article about Squanto at Askaonkton (the wading place):

Tisquantum and 19 others of Patuxet (Plymouth) were kidnapped (a felony) by Thomas Hunt in 1614 and bound below deck for the Malaga Spain slave trade along with seven Nauset brethren. He was more fortunate than they as a friar must have felt pity for him and he somehow made his way to England. He took up residency with John Slany for two years and continued to learn the English language, customs and the concept of commodity, which was foreign to the First People of North America. In England he was a novelty and a subject. He became a product of his time. The English called him Squanto.

Squanto invariably sealed his own demise for he would have continued to be exploited by the English (beginning with his first encounters with George Weymouth 1605) until his inevitable ruin and his own Native People would never be willing to trust him again. He became an imminent threat undermining centuries old social custom and decorum in a rapidly changing world. His death was caused by the peril of the position he found himself in. He died at Monomoit Bay and was buried with the “English God” at his request.

It is important to remember and preserve the stories within this community with authenticity. That is my life’s work and I am grateful to those who may endeavor the same. Moreover, it is of greater importance to learn the deeper meanings inherent in these stories and their contemporary ramifications. This is the purpose and power of a living oral lineage.

Todd Kelley
West Chatham