Letters to the Editor, March 22

Recalls Old Radar Station


Your article on the expansion of the Union Cemetery at the former site of the Gap Filler SAGE radar installation, ESS Station Chatham, brought back memories of researching my 2007 novel, “Stepping Stones.” In the course of writing, I was able to contact some radar veterans who provided details and some photos of the Chatham site. The two buildings were very rudimentary, and the radar tower was quite large.  According to one correspondent, the Air Force enlisted men working there were housed in barracks on Great Hill. Some Chatham folks I spoke with remembered having Air Force enlisted personnel, who worked at the station, in classes with them at Chatham High School.

During the Cold War, the east coast of the United States was a always a tempting target for attack.  The Cape Cod System was a vital part of the early warning system, along with Texas Towers offshore. In 1969 I first encountered the remnants of the radar station, including the remains of one building and a deteriorating fence line. Over the years the site was vandalized or just gave into the ravages of time.

Roger Denk

Monterey, Calif.


Go After Power Companies?


There have now been several power failures resulting in costs to consumers. Luckily we have a generator that automatically comes on but many do not. This particularly hurts the poorest, with food destroyed and discomfort.
If the utilities were underground as they are in many countries failures would be minimized. If it were possible to have a joint action against the power companies they would find it economic to bury the lines. How else can we persuade them?

James Cooper


It's A Storm, All Right


I have been astounded over the last couple of decades by the use of the term Nor'easter in news and weather reports. Where did that foreign sounding contraction originate? In New England and especially in Massachusetts, any native speaker knows it is pronounced Notheastah!

JP Cunniff

What Have You Done For Chatham?


While some may have fond memories of the Wayside Inn and the Mayflower, they are but memories. When Mr. Oppenheim purchased the Wayside Inn it was in dire straits. The roof had holes, the basement was flooded, raccoons had taken up residence in the attic, it was not operating, and its owner was in bankruptcy. The Mayflower was operating under an unsustainable financial model and would have ceased to exist in any event. Now both are restored and are assets to the community. I wonder what Mr. Oppenheim's critics have done for our community.

Thomas Raftery

North Chatham


Set The Environmental Bar


I would like to think of Chatham as a place that puts its wildlife first and foremost because without its beauty from the sea, the charm and uniqueness would disintegrate. Let us be trailblazers in the pursuit of clean oceans and conservation of this natural preserve we live in. Let's get balloons out of our environment. Let's set the bar high, and others will follow our lead.

Heather MacKenzie



Chatham Could Lead The Way

It is a beautiful sight to see balloons float up into the sky, but it is not so pretty to see tangles of ribbon and rubber littering the beach, stuck in trees, wrapped around animals or choking them.
There are laws against littering, and letting go of a helium-filled balloon is akin to tossing garbage out a car window. Wherever the balloon lands, it will become litter – harmful litter.
It is time to end the tradition of letting balloons fly up into the sky. The balloon ban is good for the environment and good for Chatham. We can lead the way for other communities to become environmentally responsible as well.

Rachel Nickerson Luna
North Chatham and New York City


Questions Are Becoming Old


Which speaks louder? FBI agency not following up on calls? Broward County Police not following up on calls? Four hundred and fifty billion drugs prescribed? Six hundred thousand aborted babies each year?

These questions are really becoming old!

Joe Paul



Touched By Firefighters' Support


We attended the memorial for Jesse Nash on St. Patrick’s Day at the Chatham Congregational Church and I was overwhelmed at the Chatham Firefighters’s flag display and attendance.
I should not have been surprised as I have a handicapped son in Armonk, N.Y. who has been given special attention all of his life by my hometown volunteer fire department .
The kindness and support that the Chatham Firefighters have given the Nash family is beyond amazing.
I am proud to live in Chatham with such a wonderful supportive community as displayed yesterday.

Peggy Sullivan Crespo


Winter Of Discontent


Perhaps the thing that best brought me out of my winter doldrums this tempestuous March was seeing our local youth rise up against the Confederacy of Dunces serving the NRA in Washington.

John Kraus