Opinion

Donna Tavano: Elf Power

By: Donna Tavano

It’s crunch time for elves—no, not the North Pole guys, I’m pretty sure they’re unionized and get paid living wages—I refer, rather, to the local elves who selflessly volunteer their efforts for the sheer joy of creating and making beautiful things happen. They are all around us, silent and stealthy, they stitch and paint and sing and build. They are “gramma” elves who knit socks and mittens, baby blankets and p...

Our View: Thanks A Million

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We are proud and humbled this week to report that, since its inception in 2004, The Cape Cod Chronicle’s Helping Neighbors campaign has now raised more than $1 million for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That’s a staggering achievement, and one that’s worth pausing to appreciate. But don’t be mistaken; we’re not being self-congratulatory. As a small, independent newspaper, The Chronicle simply doesn’t have the ...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 12, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Good News On Theater, Airport Editor: For me, the demise of the Monomoy Theater was a strong blow to my, as well as many other, theatrical experience on the Lower Cape, so it was a great delight to read that Greg Clark of the Chatham Production LLC had presented concrete plans for the redevelopment of the property with the intention of having it available for other theatrical productions beyond the summer t...

Our View: Poor Timing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

In announcing its plans to demolish a historic home on Route 28 in West Harwich, the Bishop of Fall River displayed spectacularly bad timing. Yesterday, the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates was scheduled to vote on a district of critical planning concern designation for the corridor of Route 28 from the Dennis town line to Herring River, driven largely by the efforts of residents concerns about preservi...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 5, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Seniors Deserve Support Editor: As a community we have supported our police department with a new police station, our fire department with a new fire station, and our children through a new regional high school. It is time, actually beyond time, that we support our seniors! Chatham’s current senior center is outdated, cramped, inflexible and thoroughly inadequate to meet the needs of our town’s sen...

Our View: We’re Thankful For Community

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

If you have your health, your family, friends, or even just fond memories, you’ve got reason to be thankful today. But if you’re looking for more reasons, just browse the pages of this newspaper. You can read about 12-year-old Cole Strzepek, who lives with intractable epilepsy and organized a collection of socks to help kids feel more comfortable while they are in the hospital. Inspired by his bravery, people ...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 28, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Theater Drop-off Spot Needed Editor: It was not until I became “mobility challenged” that I began to realize the importance of “handicap access.” Chatham does a pretty good job of providing access to most things in town with a few exceptions.  One of the biggest exceptions is the lack of a handicap drop-off spot in front of the Orpheum Theater. It wasn’t until I was forced to negotiate the bumpy, downhil...

Andrew Buckley: On Even The Best Laid Plans

By: Andrew Buckley

I had rowed out the night before, in the moonlight, into a nearly empty Oyster Pond. November light is so very different, as the last of the leaves have fallen and the shores are almost luminously brown dusted with gold and rust. Not that I could have seen that in the dark. But I did see a fair amount. The lights of the few remaining occupied houses ringing the pond, the streetlights down at the beach on Stage Ha...

Our View: Water Will Always Win

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

In his recent book “The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts,” Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert M. Gaul suggests that the 20th century pattern of coastal development has doomed vast swaths of prime real estate to potential destruction. Thousands of miles of heavily developed shoreline lies in the path of increasingly powerful storms and rising sea levels. Building eff...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 21, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Pause Airport Master Plan Process Editor: I want to add my voice to the increasing number of citizens who oppose the master plan for "upgrading" the Chatham Municipal Airport. Alternatives 2 and 3 are unacceptable. I and others want more town selectmen, fire safety personnel, and the code enforcement office involved in hearing the concerns we citizens are raising, such as: * Increased (not decreased) saf...

Our View: Throw The Donkeys Out

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich will suffer a major loss when Town Administrator Christopher Clark walks out the door on Friday. Clark has been a responsible administrator of the community for nearly six years. He came to the community at a time when the town was struggling financially, at a time when there was negative free cash, and he has turned those conditions around and built sound reserves. This past year that success was recogni...

Donna Tavano: Let’s Hear It For Grawlixes

By: Donna Tavano

Recently I spent time with a friend whose colorful language peppered the conversation. I commented, somewhat sarcastically, about her potty mouth. Another friend then piped up about her own recent language indiscretion. After a very bad, no good, frustrating day, she ended up at a big box store where she couldn’t get anyone to help her. She fired off a “Where are the %$#*x*@ gift cards!” to one of the employees, ...