Opinion

Our View: Standing With Scottie

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

We’re journalists, but sometimes words just fail us. That was what it was like when we learned about the brutal attack on Scottie, a 7-year-old Welsh pony, early Sunday morning. Working under cover of darkness, one or more cowardly perpetrators attacked the horse, whose docile nature made him an easy target. The animal’s injuries were unspeakably violent. It’s hard to imagine the hatred that must be in the ...

Donna Tavano: You Smell

By: Donna Tavano

It’s winter, and time for my life to take a brief hiatus, and a deep breath, except that calming release is now ending instead in a catarrhal cough, not the cleansing exhale for which I’d hoped. Like many of you, due to the evidence of vast tracks of empty supermarket shelves where the tissues once were, I’m ODing daily on Mucinex, having succumbed to an insidious seasonal virus. In spite of this, I cooked supper...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Supports School COA Site Editor: It’s brilliant the superintendent of the Monomoy schools would like to see the COA building on the Middle School property. Let’s all get on the bus come May town meeting and vote for the town-owned school property. There is plenty of room for everyone. Thank you, Fred Crimins. Betsy Abreu Chatham   History Is On Women's Side Editor: Feb. 15 marks the day in 182...

Our View: Airport Advisory Committee Needed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

According to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory circular, one of the first tasks local officials should do when beginning the airport master planning process is to create a process for public involvement. The program should be proportional to the airport size, complexity of the plan and the issues involved. The purpose is to encourage information sharing and collaboration among stakeholders. “An effective...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 6, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Helping Families Year-round Editor: We have an amazing community! The Harwich Children’s Fund/Friends of Harwich Youth would like to thank the following businesses and organizations who supported our mission to help Harwich youth in need: Art of Charity Foundation, Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Chatham Candy Manor, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Dunkin Donuts Route 124 in Ha...

Our View: Relocate Harwich Water Department

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If there's one thing Cape Codders care about, it's water. Whether it's groundwater, which comes from our single-source aquifer, or the coastal waters that drive our economy—which the region will spend billions on to clean up toxic nutrient loading—clean water is as important as the air we breath. It's ironic, then, that levels of MTBE, a gasoline additive that may be carcinogenic in high concentrations, was de...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 30, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Complete Streets Not Needed Editor: Recently The Chronicle wrote about  Harwich moving forward with the Complete Streets Program under MassDOT requirements to pursue a sidewalk along Route 28 from Harwich Port to Saquatucket Harbor.  On this topic it was suggested that bike lanes be put along Hoyt Road because there would not be enough room on Route 28 for compliant sidewalks and a bike lane.  I drove Hoyt ...

Our View: Keep Chatham Harbor On The Map

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you’re not a mariner, you’re not apt to care about buoys. Here’s a worthy exception. The Coast Guard, which maintains large, offshore aids to navigation, has proposed removing the lighted whistle buoy “C” off the entrance to Chatham Harbor. Doing so would be a mistake. Landlubbers can think of the “C” buoy as a highway exit sign. The offshore waters are like a long, featureless highway, and in the dark o...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 23, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Support From Wonderful Community Editor: Sincere thanks to everyone for all your support especially during the many months before, and after the passing of Richard Clifford. Rich was my husband/best friend, a devoted father/grandfather, and a personable friend to all who knew him. Our family and I thank all those who touched our lives. Especially to Rich’s remarkable “Woodworker Buddies” to whom I ...

Our View: Toward A More Even Playing Field

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Buried in Chatham Town Manager Jill Goldsmith's budget summary delivered to selectmen Monday was this nugget: the average value of a home in Chatham, as calculated by the town's assessing department, is now $938,145. In 2000, that figure stood at $249,975; that's a 275 percent increase in less than two decades, a rate of appreciation that would make any investor envious; during that same period, the S&P 500 h...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Positive Progress On Senior Center Editor: The Jan. 4 special town meeting brought us one step closer to creating a viable new senior center. With the creative problem-solving skills of expert planners, a facility that meets the needs of seniors and fits the landscape can be designed. We cannot continue to criticize every site, thus never improving the situation for the intended population. Imagine the lone...

John Whelan: Chatham, An Olympic Venue

By: John Whelan

“You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need.”   Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones wrote the song in 1969 and recorded it as part of the album “Let it Bleed.” The song was originally released as the B-side of “Honky Tonk Woman.” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” became the much more popular side a...