Letters to the Editor, May 24

Sounds Like Another W. Chatham


I find it concerning that it was voted to ban balloons starting after this summer. I do stop down once in a while to see the beaches. I have never seen piles of deflated balloons as claimed. I find it hard to believe that several hundred were counted in a three- or four-month time period. This is beginning to sound like the one of the reasons we needed two new rotaries in West Chatham. Someone claimed that there were accidents occurring all the time at Route 28 and Barn Hill Road. Businesses in that area do not want any change. The two-year project will hurt local businesses. The turning lane works just fine. If they are concerned about speed, just reduce the speed and enforce it. Cars must be banned as they kill more birds than balloons and cause accidents

William Loder

South Orleans


Help In Getting Legs


It’s a pleasure to tell you and your readers that Mac’s Seafood in Provincetown continues to be a wonderful restaurant with exceptional customer service. Our organization, the Cape Cod Culinary Incubator, had the good fortune of recently holding a fundraiser at Mac’s. We are a nonprofit working hard to get our sea legs beneath us by finding a commercial kitchen we can afford to lease.

Mac Hays and his exceptional management staff and culinary talent exceeded our expectations and made our fundraiser and silent auction a wonderful success. Further, Mac’s generosity and kindness will help us to build our reputation and ability to fulfill our mission to create jobs and economic development for the Cape Cod community.

Chef Alan Zox, executive director

Cape Cod Culinary incubator


Airport Question Wasn't Answered


May 14, at our annual town meeting, I asked several questions about the financial structure of the Chatham Municipal Airport.
Chatham has an annual airport revolving fund of about $35,000, which is the airport rent money, paid by the manager, but that rent money does not go into our budget. It is put in a separate account that can be used by the airport commission for maintenance and other expenses. Since the town owns the property, the town is responsible for maintaining the buildings and grounds.
If control of the airport property is turned over to a private manager then that person has the right to lease all the businesses using the airport grounds, i.e. the restaurant, the hangar space, skydiving, the lockers, the fuel sales, etc. Why not just say that the manager receives all the income from these activities, which goes into his/her own bank account and the town receives $35,000 a year for rent, which goes into the town’s revolving fund, which the airport commission can use for airport expenses and that the town receives no revenue except from bringing people, in planes, into Chatham, to spend money at our stores, inns and restaurants?
Unfortunately, before my questions were answered, a former selectman cut off debate. Why would he not allow the towns taxpayers the respect of having questions about the airport revenue answered on town meeting floor, where we come for that purpose?
Why all the secrecy? I was just looking for answers, so I will be a better informed citizen.

Ginny Nickerson



Harwich Town Meeting Thoughts


The taxpayers voted to approve $100 million in spending. Why does the town use $350,000 to $370,000 as the average value of a home in Harwich to calculate the cost of a override to the taxpayer? The average home is closer to $500,000.
I am opposed to the town building a snack shack as part of the Saquatucket Harbor project. The function of government should not be to build and rent buildings to the private sector. The seasonal rent will never cover the projected $500,000 cost to build, which is almost $1,000 per square foot.
Lots of talk about affordability except when the discussion turns to taxes. Harwich's tax rate at almost $9 per thousand ranks 10th highest on the Cape out of 15 towns. It averages 25 percent higher than the four towns that border Harwich. Should we revive the taxpayers association?
Many towns on the Cape have less population than they did in the year 2000, including Harwich. Why are we adding employees at a rate of two per year over the last five years, especially in light of the proposed capital spending plan?
Shouldn't the 15 towns band together and ask the state to exempt the wastewater costs from the prevailing wage laws? Paying metro Boston wages for the mandated $1 to $2 billion cost will either bankrupt our towns of prevent us from affording basic infrastructure investment.

Gary Conroy
East Harwich

Praise For Power Of The Vote

As we all know, one of the many thankful gifts to living in a democracy is that of the power to vote. Gratefully, last week our town successfully won at the voting polls by not falling prey to the misguided and empty words that were delivered to us from some of the candidates.

Chris LeClaire


Inspired By Support


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Harwich townspeople who supported me in the recent board of selectmen’s race. To all the families who hosted meet and greets, to all the concerned citizens whom I spent hours and hours discussing Harwich’s future, to the many friends and supporters who were with me on election day and to the 47 percent of the Harwich voters who cast their ballot for me, I want to offer my Heartfelt thank you. Your confidence and support has inspired me to continue to find avenues to help the people of our town.

Tom Sherry



Thanks For Encouragement And Votes


I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the voters who helped re-elect me to the board of selectmen. The words of encouragement and the 1,251 votes cast in my name mean so much. I look forward to serving this town for another three more years.

Cory J. Metters



Buyers Should Preserve Home


People should be held to their word. Our culture has become so inured to bald-faced lies that the buyers of 333 Seaview St. (who plan to demolish it) were not even concerned about their honor and reputation when they allegedly deceived the seller by writing that they wanted to buy the house because of its interior and exterior historical architectural details. Shame on them. They should now preserve the house or sell it to someone who honestly wants to preserve it.

Elizabeth Tuttle Edge


Don't Be Afraid To Question


I would like to thank The Chronicle for publishing notes of thanks from the candidates following Chatham's town elections.  

The paper's willingness to provide this space allows me to publicly recognize all the folks who have been my stalwart supporters over the past several years.  It has been on behalf of Chatham's residents and voters that I have endeavored to champion the things I believe to be necessary to the advancement of good government: open and informed discussion, fiscal responsibility, sound personnel management practices, and accountability.  Sometimes the message got through, sometimes it got muddied.  Along the way, my efforts and intentions have always been directed to the same end: the best long-term interest of the town.  

All of you who encouraged me while running for office, or took the time to tell me what was important to you, and especially those who supported me while I served on the board from 2014 to 2017, please know that each and every one of you have my heartfelt thanks.  I hope to see you about town, or perhaps on the shore, where I can now spend a little more time.  There is great truth in the old saw "Eternal vigilance is price of liberty," so remain curious and never be afraid to question those things that are done by government in your name.  

Congratulations to Cory, Dean, and Peter on their election. I wish them and the entire board the very best of luck in executing their responsibilities to the voters of Chatham.  

Seth Taylor​