Letters to the Editor, Dec. 28

Lower Cape Comes Through


On behalf of the Harwich firefighters and police officers, I would like to thank everyone who donated to this year's food and toy drive, our most successful yet. I would particularly like to thank the following local businesses for their donations that made this program possible: Sheriff James Cummings, Nauset Disposal, New England Gardens, 400 East Restaurant, Red's Pizza, Mooncusser's Tavern, Hot Stove Saloon, Robert Our Company, Cape Cod Firewood. Overall, we collected 1,201 toys, 2,420 pounds of food and $8,478 for the Family Pantry and Toys for Tots. This is a true testament of the great community we have here on the Lower Cape. See you next year for the fourth annual Homeless for the Holidays in Harwich.

Brad Willis, FF/Paramedic

Harwich Fire Department


Warn Against Anti-Immigration Card


The giant postcard you received with your town’s welcome and name is a lie against Senator Julian Cyr and the Safe Communities Act S-1305. The Act does not seek to create a sanctuary city. It prevents ICE from making town police into federal enforcers.
The postcard is a dark money-funded piece of hate mail from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, affiliated with the Federation of American Immigration Reform, known as FAIR. FAIR is one of 917 hate groups named, mapped and researched by the Southern Poverty Law Center. See splcenter.org.
FAIR’s mission/main goal is to “severely limit immigration into the U.S.” It strives to upend the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, curtailing “previous immigration quotas which limited immigration to mostly northern Europeans.” On the surface, FAIR conveys respectability, but its ugliness includes:
1. Ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists (selective breeding).
2. Ads rejected due to racist content.
3. Memos denigrating Latinos, Catholics, association with holocaust deniers and the quote “when blacks are left to their own devices, Western Civilization – any kind of civilization – disappears.”
5. Its “initiative to end birthright citizenship provisions of the 14th amendment was launched in partnership with state legislators (about 70 of them) and supposedly now dormant. In other words, deny citizenship to children born in America.
When you receive this postcard, call Senator Cyr or the State House to protest the delivery of hate mail to you mailboxes.


Eileen Segall

South Chatham


Dept. Represents The Best Of Chatham


The Chatham Fire Department continues to amaze me and warm my heart.  Last Sunday they honored Jesse Nash who is undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma.  Knowing his adoration of trucks, uniforms, sirens, and firefighters, the Chatham Fire Department honored Jesse as their “Honorary Chief of the Day.”  It was a seven year-old boy’s dream come true and a gesture that proved to be as amazing as the people who organized it.

The men and women of the Chatham Fire Department are humble and gracious.  They give and then they give again.  They pitch in and help whoever, whenever, and do so with all the gusto that they have to give.  Their kindness is tangible and they get that our small community is the sum of our parts.  We are blessed to have men and women serve us who go to extraordinary measures to make us not only feel protected but also feel valued and cared about.  Thank you Chatham Fire and Rescue, your kind acts are noted and appreciated by us all.

Amy McHugh Coughlin


An Early Christmas Present


Santa came early. Last Thursday, Dec. 21, Chatham finalized its purchase of the Eldredge Garage property, fulfilling the wishes of the overwhelming majority of voters at the January special town meeting.

It was a collaborative effort of the family of Bill Eldredge, his children Sharon, Lester, Susan and David, and our town to protect this historic Main Street property from development. The Eldredge family accepted its responsibility to address the challenges it inherited – distressed buildings, environmental concerns, among others – on the property that had been such a big part of their lives for generations, over 100 years.

Chatham did its part by working with the family as they proceeded through the maze of boards and permits necessary to make it happen. The selectmen gave their support. The town staff was always responsive. The HBDC, fully aware of the significance of the property, worked through the difficult process of protecting its history – photographic records, plot plans, architectural plans – while recognizing the needs of the family and the reality of the conditions of the buildings.

Over the past 18 months the issues have been resolved and the Eldredges have honored their father's wish that Chatham have its opportunity to purchase this historic site. Thank you for hanging in.

Congratulations to all who contributed to this effort. It was certainly worth it.

David Oppenheim