Opinion

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...

Letters to the Editor, July 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Can Home Rule Work? Editor: Regarding a meeting of state department of transportation officials with residents of Wellfleet to discuss a roundabout solution at Main Street and Route 6: About 100 people in Wellfleet did what over 2,000 people in West Chatham could not do – got the state to back down and promised to come back with a design the town wants. Maybe we can meet with those same officials. They back...

Donna Tavano: Not So Jolly Green Giant

By: Donna Tavano

We humans, for the most part, love our plants. We mist, feed, and espalier them, trim their leaves and even play music to sooth their little green souls. Not only are we omnivores and dependent on them for survival, but they are aesthetically lovely and generally fun to be around. They even clean toxins from the air in our homes.  But just as humanity is comprised of the good, the bad and the ugly, so goes the...

Our View: What We Learned This Week

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We're constantly amazed at the amount of activity that happens in our communities. Of course, since it's the high summer season, there's a lot more going on now than there was in January or March, when we were all sheltering in our homes hoping the power wouldn't go off again. And there are a lot more people around to take advantage of the opportunities, which creates the traditional double-edged sword: more to d...

Letters to the Editor, July 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Single-family Home Or Dorm? Editor: I was surprised to read about the Chatham Zoning Board of Appeals decision to allow Chatham Bars Inn to convert the 20 Chatham Bars Ave. property into a quasi dorm under the disguise of a “single family dwelling.” I believe the voters and taxpayers in Chatham have always believed that the definition of a “single family dwelling” was just that, a single family dwelling. Pe...

Russ Allen: Who Are The J-1s?

By: Russ Allen

Adrianna is a 19-year-old college student from Romania whom I met while she was working as a clerk/bagger at a Harwich grocery store. She received permission from the U.S. State Department to visit the United States from early June through late September under its J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program under the summer work travel program category, one of 15 provisions that range from professors/research scholars to a...

Our View: Happy Independence Day

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The holiday we observe this week celebrates ideals enshrined in a document signed 242 years ago which continue to guide our government and society. These ideals are ingrained in the soul of America, and despite trying times, they remain our guiding principle. It may seem that the self-evident truths espoused in the Declaration of Independence – that “all men are created equal” and are endowed with “certain una...

A Message For Our Summer Neighbors

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Dear Summer Residents and Visitors: Welcome back to the Lower Cape! We’re glad you’re here again, visiting shops, eating in restaurants, and generally pumping up the local economy. We’re doing our part by avoiding left turns at intersections and trying to stay cheerful in traffic. While you were away, we had huge storms that knocked down trees and limbs. We had town meeting and spent some of the money you cont...