Shoes No Longer Secure
I am sad to report that visitors can no longer safely leave their shoes at the bottom of Lighthouse Beach steps. After our allotted 30 minute visit, ours had been taken. What a shame!
Accident Reinforces Safety Concerns
The Trustees and staff members of Brooks Free Library would like to thank you for the Aug. 9 article “Safety Concerns Raised About Brooks Library Crosswalks” and the prominence you gave our concerns by placing the article on the front page. Sadly, the very evening the online edition of The Cape Cod Chronicle was published there was a serious accident at the intersection of Main and Oak Streets. When we came up from the basement meeting room after our monthly trustees meeting at about 8:45 p.m. we noticed the red and blue flashing lights in front of the building and came outside to investigate. There we saw one vehicle rolled over on its side. Firefighters had removed the windshield to extricate the driver. Fortunately, according to media reports, the injuries of both drivers were not considered life threatening and we hope they recover quickly.
This accident is the latest of numerous accidents at that intersection. There have been countless more near misses, some very serious, especially when they involve pedestrians. Our staff members use great care when crossing at these intersections, but we have all been shaken many times by our narrow escapes. We worry about the safety of the general public, who don’t cross there as frequently and aren’t as aware of the danger. DPW Director Link Hooper has been extremely responsive and has already made improvements by adding signage and having the crosswalks repainted. We were also pleased with the response from the selectmen and town officials and look forward to these intersections being referred by the traffic safety committee to the traffic engineers at the Cape Cod Commission. Once their report is received we can begin the process of seeking funding to implement their recommendations.
Virginia A. Hewitt
Library Director, Brooks Free Library
Big Book And Bake Sale Thank You
We would like to express our appreciation to all those patrons and friends who supported the recent South Chatham Library's Book and Bake Sale on Aug. 1. We had hundreds of gently used fine books for adults and children along with puzzles and games. The library greatly appreciates the bakers for providing the delicious baked goods and a special thank you for all the help in setting and cleaning up after the event. We are very fortunate to be part of such a supportive community.
John Curran and Barbara Zoino, co-chairs
South Chatham Library
Be Nice To Volunteers
I am writing in response to Ms. Johnson's letter regarding the Treasure Chest.
I too have been a taxpaying citizen in Harwich for many years and I am sick and tired of the martyrs that want to complain about the Treasure Chest volunteers.
I feel that when I donate to the facility, it is because I have something that I no longer want and I think someone might be able to use it. Whether it is a volunteer there or someone looking for something free doesn't matter at all to me. Our volunteers work in the rain, snow, heat and everything in-between and are always working like crazy, volunteering their time for the Treasure Chest. Why do people feel that they are so much more important than our volunteers working there? Why should they be denied the chance to get something they want or need? They are picking up someone else's throwaways. It really bothers me that people feel they should be looking down their noses at the volunteers, at the same time they are scoping the freebees. I have never had anyone at the Chest be rude to me, disrespectful to me, or yelled at me that my "30 minutes are up." Perhaps these nasty people should look in the mirror before pointing fingers at the volunteers, or maybe they should stand up and volunteer themselves.
Volunteers, thank you so much for your hard work, patience and sense of humor. There are lots of us that appreciate you and would much rather see you at the Treasure Chest than "them."
A Possible Crosswalk Solution
Instead of wasting time and senseless talk on solving dangerous crosswalk problems not only by Brooks Library but at the corner of Brooks Park and at all crosswalks in town, I strongly urge the selectmen, town administrator and all involved parties to take a short drive to Orleans and view all the crosswalk signage placed both in town, Main Street and other corner crossings that stand out and are clearly visible at a distance.
I'm told they work in Orleans. Why won't they work in Harwich?
A Change Needed In Washington
We have unique challenges on the Lower Cape,and we finally have an opportunity to send a new leader to Congress to represent us.We should be taking it.
Peter Tedeschi served as the CEO of his families business, Tedeschi Food Shops. He employed hundreds of folks across the Cape. He always served us well in that role. Now he is running for Congress because he recognized, like many of us have, that we are not being heard in Washington.
Last week he spent time on a local fishing vessel, seeing for himself what the industry looks like and listening to the men and women that do that hard work everyday. He will have them in mind when onerous regulations come across his desk in D.C., not the needs of special interest groups.
Peter is knowledgeable about our water quality issues and the need for federal funding. He is the proactive business leader that can create relationships and push for that money to come back home to the Cape. We can't continue to wait for Rep. Keating to act.
Finally, Peter knows what businesses need to thrive and will work with communities to make sure we have jobs for folks that need them and employees for businesses that need them. It is time we put a true partner to us, like Peter Tedeschi, in Congress.
Gratitude For A Summer To Remember
The following letter was sent to the Chatham Anglers from one of this year's players:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Angler organization. While the baseball experience was fantastic, by reputation it was expected. What was not expected was all of the other things that make up Chatham baseball that could never have been expected.
When a person leaves home to spend the summer in a strange city, living with a family in their home, along with the rigors of playing ball every day, it is not without a great amount of nervousness. I must say that from the moment I arrived in the Cape I have never felt so welcome. My host family, the Kangases, made me feel comfortable and never was it awkward. This was my initial contact and set the table for what was to be the most memorable summer of my life.
The Chatham baseball program has a reputation that is second to none, you come in knowing that. However, no one can prepare you for the reality of being a Chatham Angler. From the management that makes you sure you have everything you need to be successful in the finest summer league in the country, to the coaches who have so much experience in this game that their leadership is unquestioned, to every volunteer that gives their time to make Chatham baseball what it is.
I am extremely proud to be able to say that I have been privileged to be a part of a program with such rich history. I look forward to one day being able to once again visit the Cape and look back on my time in a Chatham uniform with pride.
Key West, Fla.
Who's Hunting Witches Now?
I wonder if the political historians will see the contradictions inherent in Mr. Trump's continual staccato accusations that Mr. Mueller is on a "Witch Hunt." Simultaneously, the president has just acknowledged that his original explanation of the rationale for the meeting of Russians with his son, Manafort and others (that Trump personally authored in writing) was a fabrication (about adopting Russian children). He now acknowledges in a tweet that the real rationale was to gather dirt on Mrs. Clinton from a hostile power.
I believe that admission undermines his oath "to protect the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and within," the same oath many of us took as we served in uniform. St. Thomas Aquinas, if resurrected and consulted, would suggest that our president is "affirming extrinsically what he is denying intrinsically," the components of a lie. He deliberately authored a faux story that he knew was untrue, while purposely concealing the actual story. There is evidence now in print and on TV that clearly show that the president and his son purposely concealed the truth from the public and from congress. That would be called "a conspiracy." No slippery rhetoric from the White House can counter that reality, and I'm sure Mr. Mueller is aware of that.
Alas, the president has now created his own Witch Hunt, that of creating a "straw man," a faux supposition that as president he is untouchable, and by biological transformation, his son would be also constitutionally protected. Hopefully our Congress will grow a spine soon to return our Constitutional checks and balances to control this bizarre and illegal behavior that has become the norm under this president. "Witch Hunts" are by their nature based on superstition, suspicion and secrecy, all components of Mr. Trump's political strategies. Mueller has been gathering facts. Trump has been gathering political steam. We'll soon see outcomes from this struggle that will shape our country for decades to come.