Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13

Different Approach To Opioid Crisis


As many are already aware, opioid addiction is without question a crisis of epidemic proportions in this country. It is an urgent and ongoing conglomeration of healthcare, financial, social, political and spiritual factors.

It impacts every geographical locale: urban, suburban and rural. Moreover, it stretches across nearly all human ethnicities and socioeconomic criteria.

Right here in Massachusetts, Barnstable County and Cape Cod are at the epicenter of this monumental battle. It needs to be forthrightly brought to the attention of our respective appointed and elected government leaders that simply throwing money at the problem is not going to work. It never does!They need to embrace the concept and practice of a “faith-based approach” to addressing the opioid epidemic and the addiction that is at the heart of the problem.

A faith-based approach essentially integrates clinical therapies and faith-based ideas. It assertively facilitates and enables addicts and/or victims of this horrendous epidemic to establish or restore their faith and relationship with God as a critical component to addressing the root causes of their addiction to opioids.

In the end, it is the spiritual factors of the problem which are the key to resolving this societal scourge and bringing it to heal.

Ronald Beaty

Barnstable County Commissioner


No More Plastics, Please


I have just read the about the “Muscle Wall” being considered for erosion control at Little Beach. My concern is that they are plastic, adding more plastic products to our ocean.

Over time these “Muscle Walls” will break apart and wear down like all plastic does, adding plastic micro particles to our waters.

Until the plastics industry comes up with a way to prevent plastic from breaking down, we as a town should consider the long-term effect of using any plastic product in or around our waters.

Suzanna Nickerson



The Scoop On Lighthouses


Though I understand that Calla Jones Corner's You Guest It column on Aug. 23 wasn't meant to be a dissertation on lighthouses, as a present day lightkeeper and self-described pharologist, I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't point out a few things. Ms. Corner claims that Chatham Light is one of a few New England lights still in service. Currently, there are 43 operational lights in Massachusetts and 57 spaced throughout Maine, together taking up the lion's share of New England. All are functioning navigational aids. It might be of interest to note also that Massachusetts is home to the oldest and second oldest established lightstations in the country (both still operating). Before the creation of the federal government in 1789, 12 lighthouses were built by the colonies. Six of those colonial lights are in Massachusetts and still operational. It is also worth noting that within the American lighthouse system, eight Massachusetts beacons hold claim to at least 10 different records of one sort or another.

Jared Fulcher

North Chatham


Divining Shoreline Movement


I read with interest recently Alan Pollock's article on our town and the state spending $250,000 to study our inlet morphology, whatever that means.  I believe it refers to God's annual rearrangement of our eastern shoreline.  Perhaps the money could be better spent on some actual physical improvement and let Ted Keon go to a medium for $20.

Phil Richardson

Chatham and Tiburon, Calif.

No Easy Passage For Bridge

The Mitchell River Bridge, $14 million gift from the taxpayers of Massachusetts, continues to underperform the basic tasks anticipated – allowing cars to pass over the Mitchell River and vessels with masts and superstructures to pass under for access to Stage Harbor.
Chatham continues to experience humidity and wood continues to expand or contract as a result of the humidity, hardly a surprise. The “engineers” (hopefully not the original designers) are working on a “longer-term fix.”
Perhaps a solution to the humidity problem and pesky “Pacun plank” would be to have a hermetically sealed, air-conditioned structure built to enclose this wooden bridge and eliminate the humidity for good. As I suggested some time ago, the plank should be christened “The Pacun Plank.” If the air conditioned envelope is ever constructed, I submit it should be named “The Pacun Pavilion.”
I acknowledge First Light Boatworks proprietor Woody Metzger as an excellent source of properties of wood due to his experience designing and building spectacular wooden vessels. He surely knows more about wood than I. Instead of hiring more “engineers,” perhaps Chatham could employ his expertise as a consultant.
Humidity and weather has plagued this structure for two years and I don't think Chathamites can depend on Arizona type humidity in the future. I sure get a kick reading about the trials and tribulations of the bridge, but it would be nice if Mill Pond boaters could count on easy passage.

John E. Lynch
Scottsdale, Ariz.