Opinion

Our View: Another Go On 1610 Main St.

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

After 2021 town meeting voters narrowly rejected accepting land at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham for a new senior center, there was widespread skepticism among advocates that a new facility for the council on aging would ever get built in town. Expectations were that the land was gone, that owner William Marsh — who had offered to donate the property — would move on with some other type of development. That di...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 9, 2023

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

COVID Not To Blame Editor: Regarding “COVID Continues To Impact Monomoy School Budget” (Jan. 19): Sorry, as usual, COVID is being used as a smoke screen. It's obvious your paper incorporates a very liberal point of view. Utility price increases have nothing to do with COVID and have everything to do with Biden strangling our oil and gas production under the pretense that global warming is going to ki...

Our View: Cultural Connections

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich town and chamber of commerce officials who successfully lobbied for Cultural District designations for Harwich Port and Harwich Center are to be congratulated for their efforts. Now comes the harder work: making those designations work for Harwich. The Massachusetts Cultural Council's approval of the district designations last Thursday highlights the work Harwich has done to boost the profile of the ar...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 2, 2023

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

New Festival Officers Editor: The Harwich Cranberry Festival Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer group that organizes and produces the annual July and August arts and crafts fairs at Brooks Park, Beach Day each September for the children, musical concerts throughout the year, and the hugely popular Cranberry Festival and Cran-Jam in September at the community center. Proceeds from the vendors and some donat...

Our View: Following Vail

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Solutions to the ongoing housing crisis are proving elusive. Building new units is a slow process, and building them at any meaningful scale more difficult still. Some towns, like Wellfleet, have instituted buy-down programs which underwrite the purchase of entry-level homes for first-time buyers, but that one-at-a-time approach, while immensely helpful to those who benefit, also barely makes a dent in the proble...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 26, 2023

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Building Planning Is Important Editor: Recently the Harwich Selectmen questioned the need for a strategic/capital plan for our public buildings. They also appear to question the initiative and actions of people that began efforts in this area. I realized our selectmen are not experts in the domain of physical asset capital planning and management, however, every town facility should have a capital plan. ...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 19, 2023

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Ill-served By Elected Representatives Editor: Comments on letters by Bruce Everett and the You Guest It by Scott Barrett: First I would like to thank Scott Barrett and Bruce Everett for providing their informative comments on climate policies from different prospectives. I too, like Mr. Everett, question our climate policies. Billions of dollars to be spent on programs included in a bill consisting of ...

Our View: Who’s Responsible?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It’s a familiar and predictable refrain after storms. The lights go out and I need a warm place to shelter from the storm. Who’s responsible? I need a hot meal and a shower, and a place for my pet. I can’t tell my relatives I’m safe because my cell phone stopped working. Who’s responsible? Let’s add a new one. A flooded road is keeping me from accessing my home. Who’s responsible? We are. All of us. Once...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Rentals Are Businesses Editor: In your "Minding your business " column dated Dec. 29, the principals of a vacation rental company state that simple logic shows that vacation rentals do not take up workforce housing. Their argument, while obviously self-serving, is illogical. Many if not most of the rentals are used far more by renters than owners, many of whom own multiple properties or are corporations. T...

Our View: Roads And Bridges

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Roads can have many different meanings and purposes. They are, first and foremost, ways to get from one place to another. A road can be an eight-lane superhighway or a narrow dirt path. A familiar road can provide comfort and assurance that home is nearby. A foreign road can be scary and intimidating. A road can bring people together or divide them. Roads can take us to new and exciting places or bring us where w...

Our View: A Heroic Start To 2023

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Chronicle readers will be forgiven for feeling a bit of Helping Neighbors overload, given that our campaign to help the Family Pantry was featured in the last seven editions of 2022. But now that the fundraiser has successfully concluded, we can’t miss a chance to start the new year with some happy news. We reported last week that the drive had reached its goal of raising $100,000, but at the time we didn’t kn...

Our View: Another New Staff Member

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The Cape Cod Chronicle this week announced the addition of our newest staff member. The 14-week old kitten, playful and affectionate, fills a void we’ve been feeling since the death of her predecessor some time ago. Rescued from a no-kill shelter, she’s gray, or in printer’s lingo, a kind of halftone. In that way, she breaks with tradition; our previous office cats – Buddy and Trigger – were (naturally) black ...