Letters to the Editor, May 17

Club Helps Out Learning Program


Once again, the Harwich Evening Women’s Club has come through for the families of the Monomoy Cooperative Learning Programs, a self-sustaining extended day program. Through their generous donation for the summer program, several families were able to receive financial assistance to attend the seven-week program.
I would like to thank them on behalf of the families they have helped.
I am very grateful to the Harwich Evening Women’s Club for their care and support of our non-profit organization.

Ann B. Emerson, director

Monomoy Cooperative Learning Program


Historic Home Should Be Saved


I was surprised and very disheartened  to read both recent articles regarding the 233 Seaview St. for many reasons.  In full disclosure I was the listing agent for this property when it sold and the de Blijs were very dear friends of mine, so I know this house extremely well.  

From a historic perspective, this home is in every original picture of Chatham Bars Inn and has acted as one of the most distinctive landmarks in all of Chatham. Its architectural character has graced the corner of Seaview and Shore Road for almost 100 years,   As a real estate professional, I understand people want new trophy homes with open floor plans, big windows and all the typical amenities buyers want today (often times supersized and homely, pun intended).  However, these particular buyers, Ann and Ron Cami, wrote a two-page very heartfelt letter to the de Blijs when they submitted their offer stating the biggest reason they were purchasing this particular home was its historic architectural details and nature and how they could envision themselves, their children and family dog would enjoy this property for many, many years.  I wish my dear friend Harm was still living, I’m sure he would still have the letter. The Camis made  very compelling statements, pointing out the gorgeous woodwork, wide pine original floors and antique Dutch tiles to name just a few things and how they loved every nuance of the interior and exterior.

To demolish or disassemble this home in any way would be a shameful mistake.  This is a true landmark property, one of very few left in Chatham.  I would strongly recommend that they, along with PSD, figure out how to keep the exterior integrity of the house and wood on the interior.  I get that it is costly and time consuming but they knew what there were buying and its significance to that street and the area.  I would also propose to the Camis if they want a new home with all the bells and whistles, there are plenty of water oriented properties available with far less history in less prominent locations that may suit their needs, and I am also confident that PSD could build them a spectacular trophy home.  This house was not meant for that!  I would even offer to market and sell 233 Seaview and help them find a more suitable location.   

Again, I understand people want new, but they should have thought this through and not written a disingenuous letter to the de Blijs on how they would cherish and take care of this very special property.  I guess at the end of the day I call BS on this one.  It’s a gorgeous home just as it is.  I know someone else would think so!

Tony Guthrie, Robert Paul Properties, Inc



Other Towns Will Benefit, Not Harwich


The Chronicle accurately reported the debate on both sides of a proposed Harwich ban on recreational marijuana. This drug saved my kid brother’s life. Danny self-medicated his post-Vietnam PTSD. For 15 years, it worked. How else can cannabis help?
CBD, one of the compounds in marijuana, has an anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory action, it fights an opiate user’s craving for opiates and helps to heal damaged parts of the brain caused by opiates. THC is the component that causes a high; legal recreational marijuana can be designed to have low THC, moderate or strong, and can be grown to deliver only CBD. (CBD reduces arthritis pain and inflammation, but I can locally obtain and use only a “mild” opiate, Tramadol. That’s absurd.)
Harwich Police Chief David Guillemette started with an accurate point: marijuana impairs the development of the teenage brain. (Who could have obtained it if approved in Harwich: those age 21 or older.) His argument “marijuana is a gateway drug” is based upon fear, not fact. I was disappointed in our new chief’s portrayal of the drug as akin to generation's past “reefer madness,” again, fear, not fact.
Every meeting I’ve had with HPD officers of any rank has been positive, one of mutual respect. (Each of us, citizen and police, has been deeply moved by the tragic loss of Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon. We hold him in our hearts. I wish our state had a death penalty for Sergeant Gannon’s killer. Prison, life itself, is too good for #125.) Chief Guillemette’s appeal to fear to bolster his opinion to ban recreational marijuana worked.
Another town on Cape may now benefit from revenue generated by sale of recreational marijuana, monies that may have offset major Proposition 2½ overrides in Harwich.

Sebastian Mudry

West Harwich


Meet, Greet, Thanks


I sincerely wish to thank Jeff Gomes and Tad Peevey, owners of Brax Landing Restaurant, for hosting a Meet and Greet for my candidacy for the board of selectmen in Harwich.

I appreciate their continued support and belief in me and in the people of Harwich.

Tom Sherry

Harwich Board of Selectman Candidate


Saddened By Another Demolition


It saddened me to think of losing another historical house in Chatham.
The home at the corner of Seaview and Shore Road is not only historically significant, but it sits next to Chatham Bars Inn in a very significant location. Some “historic” houses may be beyond saving, but this house's demise would be a tragedy.

Joan Van Nest
North Chatham