Letters to the Editor, April 12

Election, Town Meeting Deadlines

Letters relating to the annual town meeting and election in Harwich will be accepted for publication through the issue of April 26. Letters relating to Chatham's annual town meeting and election will be accepted for publication through the issue of May 3.


Who's Advising Selectmen On Airport?


Four times in Superior Court, the Chatham Selectmen have tried to block evidence obtained by Chatham citizens—who only seek to preserve the safety, calm, and nature of our town by objecting to the menace and nuisance of skydiving.  Each time the selectmen failed in court—and one judge even wondered why the selectmen go to such extents to block their own citizens’ legitimate efforts.

Now it looks as if the selectmen may try it all over again!  What a waste of time, money, and effort!  You gotta ask, Why?  Why not just let these people have a chance to state their case?  Isn’t that the American way?  Why try so hard to block evidence from coming forward?

Who’s giving the selectmen this kind of misguided advice?  Someone on the board itself?  The town counsel?  Outside lawyers who don’t even live here?  Pressure from the airport commission?  Are there vested interests involved?  “Democracy dies in darkness.”

J. Denis Glover


A Crowning Achievement


I would like to thank Debra Lawless for the incredible article she wrote about me retiring after 43 years, in the March 22 Chronicle. I am very appreciative of the time and effort she took writing about my life with the bank, thank you.

Also, to thank my co-workers, Jo-Ann, Nikki, and Melissa for hosting a goodbye party my last day at work. We had many customers and even some past co-workers from Chatham Trust wish me well in my retirement. Then to round out the day, a decorated parade float down Main Street, crown and all. Thank you, Peter Swenson and family, you made my day!

Lastly, a very special thank you to my husband Carl, who had planned over the past year and pulled off an amazing huge surprise party, including family, friends, and past and present co-workers. I would like to thank everyone who come to celebrate my retirement and for all the hard work Carl did to pull it off. I was blown away. Thanks.

Now on to our next chapter in life.

Alice Fritz



We Need Labyrinth's Power


I would like to thank The Chronicle for publishing the recent article by William Galvin in the March 15 edition regarding the proposal for a labyrinth at the Harwich Cultural Center. I am part of a volunteer group Friends of the Labyrinth in Chatham where we hold walks during the year and throughout the summer every Monday evening at Chase Park’s beautiful labyrinth. As a trained facilitator of labyrinths I have seen an increasing demand for them. Hospitals, cancer treatment centers, wellness retreats and churches alike are installing them with the intent of providing a quiet place of contemplation where healing can take place from within. The public walks that I have been involved with all end with a collective sigh of peace and goodwill supporting the subtle transformation that occurs.
In these days of divisive words and hate mongering, the use of labyrinths cannot be understated. Children, especially, are feeling the stress created by these very unsettling times. It is my sincere hope that people will begin to realize the benefits of labyrinths and embrace the safe place that they provide for adults and children alike. The proposed Harwich labyrinth will encourage people to participate in the shared quest of peace and joy for all.
Throughout history, whenever society is going through a major upheaval and drastic change, the labyrinth comes to the forefront. In uncertain times, as these, it is no coincidence people gravitate to the calming and peaceful way of the labyrinth. Now more then ever we need to connect to our inner peace and by doing so become a conscious catalyst for change in our global community. Never underestimate the “Power of One!”

Donald Moore



America On The Rise


Indivisible is a far left group dedicated to taking down President Trump. The disrespect and loathing that this group's website spews makes it clear they hate America.
Since Donald Trump took the oath of office:
Unemployment is the lowest, 4.1 percent,  in over a decade. Good jobs have been created, 240,000 in February 2018 alone.
Trump's tax cuts resulted in billions of dollars of corporate investment benefiting employees and stockholders alike.
The US Treasury reported a $182 billion surplus at the end of last year.
The stock market is strong, hitting over 25,000 with only a few downward corrections.
The Consumer Confidence Index is at its highest point since 2000, 130 versus 113 under Obama.
Also, President Trump:
Increased security along the Mexico border resulting in 40 percent fewer illegal immigrants crossing into the US and will soon begin building a wall as he promised.
Strengthened overseas relationships and brought respect back to our country.
Has committed billions of dollars to strengthening our military, virtually decimated under Obama (ask anyone in the military).
Brought a First Lady into the White House who resonates charm, grace and a strong sense of moral values.
Visit Indivisible.org to see this group’s goals: take down President Trump, tear up our Constitution and create an America nothing like the Founding Fathers envisioned.
Working Americans see more money in their pockets and business are benefiting from less regulation.
Donald Trump is keeping his promises! Denying the truth doesn't change the facts! America is becoming great again!

Kathy Jones
SWFLTea Party
Pine Island, Fla. and Chatham


Candidate Keeps Chatham In Mind


This letter is written in support of Peter Cocolis’ campaign for the Chatham Board of Selectman’s seat (a one year term). I have experienced Peter’s penchant for balance in the political arena first-hand as a member of the planning board. As chairman of the planning board, Peter’s listening skills allow all sides of an issue to be heard extensively without limit. He remains calm and caring during moments of contentious debate. He takes his authority and duties very seriously and with compassion.

Mr. Cocolis has been very active serving the town’s issues of planning and energy for many years and can assume the role of selectman as a well-respected, even-tempered board member.

Peter’s recurring theme has been, and I know will continue to be, “do what is in the best interest of the town of Chatham.” This statement is always in the forefront of his character and integrity.

Tom Geagan



Many Accomplishments Of Candidate


We first met Peter Cocolis in 2004 as he was walking by our home in Chatham’s Riverbay section. He and his wife, Lorraine, had just moved into Chatham and were considering volunteering for community service work. Please, just give a moment to consider what Peter has accomplished since then: planning board chair, Chatham’s representative on the Cape Light Compact, moderator of the Chatham Retired Men’s Club, member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, board member Marconi Maritime Center, Chatham Council for Homeless, not to forget working on Chatham’s famous First Night. That is quite a list of hardworking, time-consuming, important but mostly thankless tasks. Collectively, these volunteer jobs represent the backbone of our community. Now he is running for selectman. Way to go Peter! Chatham needs people like you. Be assured that you have our vote. We urge every voter to give full consideration to your achievements and vote for you. Our town is fortunate to have such an accomplished person willing to serve.

John and Nancy Rafferty



Laws Govern Affordable Housing


The Chronicle printed a report on the Harwich CPC deliberations dated Jan. 31. Quoted was a comment from the town regarding off-Cape residents moving into Harwich affordable housing. That comment needs clarification.

The rules for affordable housing are complex with laws in place on how new units can be granted.

One of the projects before CPC this year was a “buy-down” program offered by the Harwich Housing Authority. It helps qualified buyers purchase an existing home and helps them “buy down” the mortgage to affordability. According to The Chronicle article the project was not endorsed as a town official felt this would allow off-Cape residents to gain Harwich affordable housing. The process for granting new affordable housing units requires a lottery in which applicants must meet all qualifications including financial restrictions. The lottery can be structured to include a “local preference” for applicants. In this way 70 percent of the available units can be offered to “locals,” the 30 percent remaining units are offered to any qualifiers. If the 70 percent local quota cannot be met, as is often true in Harwich, then the lottery is opened to any qualifier. Theoretically 100 percent of the applicants could come from off Cape.

So while Habitat for Humanity received CPC approval for more town funding, and the buy-down program did not receive endorsement, each entity must abide by the same lottery rules. The lottery is highly regulated and the rules are strictly enforced. People from off Cape can be part of the lottery if they meet guidelines.

Agree or not, that is the law. Here is a good source for information: www.mass.gov/hed/docs/dhcd/legal/comprehensivepermitguidelines.pdf

Sally Urbano