Opinion

Our View: We'll Miss You, Sheila

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

This week The Chronicle lost a member of its extended family. Sheila Smith was a longtime advertising manager who helped grow the newspaper during the 1980s and '90s, a time when the publication was finding its niche and establishing itself as an indispensable part of the local community. Sheila helped the paper do that because she was an indispensable part of the community. She spent most of her youth in Orleans...

John Whelan: 'We’re Having a Heat Wave'

By: John Whelan

“We’re having a heat wave A tropical heat wave The temperature’s rising It isn’t surprising”   “Having a Heat Wave” was written by Irving Berlin in 1933 for the Broadway musical “As Thousands Cheer.” It was introduced by Ethel Waters and has been recorded many times since then. Our Earth is, in fact, having a heat wave. The impact is being felt all over the globe. The subjects of climate change ...

Andrew Buckley: The Commonwealth

By: Andrew Buckley

The Monday after Labor Day, when I found my father’s truck missing from his driveway, I had been planning on spending the day editing video mostly. The car that was parked in front of his house when I arrived was unfamiliar. Late model import sedan – an import – dark blue. Not the white Ford Ranger used in the family landscaping business that sits right outside his kitchen table window in West Chatham. The Mea...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Roar Out To Supporters Editor: On behalf of the Chatham-Nauset Lions, I extend a hearty roar of thanks to the following places of business that supported our seventh annual Pancake Breakfast: Chatham Village Market, Friends’ Marketplace in Orleans, Stop & Shop in Orleans, Star Markets in Harwich, Harwich Port and Orleans. Their generosity enabled us to substantially increase our club’s scholarship fund....

Cashing Out

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cash figures in two stories in this week's paper. First, the town of Chatham has backed away from a plan to accept only credit and debit cards and checks for payments at the transfer station. There was an undercurrent of unhappiness about the idea that cash wouldn't be accepted to pay for disposal of items like mattresses and electronics. We understand the town's position – the transfer station handles more th...

Our View: Friends For Life

By: Caoe Cod Chronicle

Imagine 10 McMansions overlooking the Forest Beach marsh and perhaps as many as two dozen luxury homes on Ryder's Cove and the inland property just across Route 28. Nearly 90 acres of land inaccessible to the public, kept for private use by people who might spend a few months out of the year in their castles near the shore. That might have been the case at the 73-acre former Marconi transmission site in South ...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Sidewalks Yes, Crosswalks No Editor: Thank you for your article in the Sept 27 issue of The Cape Cod Chronicle outlining the case for pedestrian safety upgrades for the intersection of Route 28, Old Harbor Road and Shore Road. My family donated the lot on the corner of Old Harbor Shore roads, and I have over 40 years' experience walking, cycling and driving through this intersection at all times of the day ...

Donna Tavano: Beware The Corn

By: Donna Tavano

Halloween is again on the horizon, and new scariness appears each day as we suffer bogeymen in the guise of politics, dread the inevitability of months of darkness and bone-chilling cold, and threats of three-foot tall vampires and witches extorting us for chocolate. But I am here to speak of the most horrifying of specters – corn. What? Corn, the 10,000-year-old staple found in 65 percent of our food, which b...

Our View: A Regional Shark-Seal Study Task Force

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's understandable. It's a scary, primal situation. A 26-year-old man killed by a shark off a beach in Wellfleet. Step into the water, step into the unknown. It's left a lot of people searching for answers. Unfortunately, a lot of that searching is being done in the dark. Last week's public meeting in Wellfleet resulted in no real answers or practical solutions beyond what's already been discussed, chiefly ra...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 4

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Endorses Hughes For Assembly Editor: Your vote for a representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of delegates will be on the November ballot. As the legislative arm of the Cape Cod regional government, the Assembly considers all those complex aspects that will directly impact us: finance and budget, government regulations, public services and more. Your critical vote will shape our future and I suspect...

Russ Allen: Autumnal Reflections

By: Russ Allen

It is said that the seasons on Cape Cod are as unpredictable as the weather experienced in each one. Summer vacationers during the season that traditionally lasts from July 4 to Labor Day find that due to earlier school openings their visits end in mid-August, while others discover the joys of the cooler temperatures, shorter days, and relative crowd-less quiet of a September stay. Snowbirds flee the cold, ice an...

Neglect Equals Negligence

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

“Demolition by neglect,” the practice of allowing a building to deteriorate to the point that renovation or restoration is not practical or financially feasible, received a much-deserved calling out last week by members of the Harwich Historic District And Historical Commission. The commission agreed to issue a demolition delay on the circa 1870 structure at 52 Route 28, known as the Capt. George Winchell Baker H...