Letters to the Editor, Oct. 18

Letter to the Editor

Roar Out To Supporters


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. Also, Steve and Michele Rowan, innkeepers of the Old Sea Pines Inn, Brewster, deserve special kudos for providing us with their beautiful, historic venue in which to hold our event. Cooperation like this from the business community ensured the success of our Pancake Breakfast.

Al Williams

Chatham-Nauset Lions Club


Supports Harwich Assembly Candidate


Some people (not many of us) are good and kind and wise and intelligent.  Peter Hughes has all of these qualities.  He is Harwich’s representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and is running for a two-year term. 

His efforts on our behalf have been numerous over the last 30 years.  A partial list includes five terms as a selectman, four years on the finance committee, president of the chamber of commerce for three years and  he is currently on the wastewater support committee.

Mr. Hughes has had a career in engineering with a background in energy efficiency.  He has traveled the world helping underprivileged children. 

We could not ask for a more qualified or dedicated individual to represent us in the assembly of delegates. 

Anne Stewart

Pleasant Lake


Conserve Humans, Not Sharks And Seals


In the wake of the recent tragedies in Wellfleet and Truro, I call all lovers of Cape Cod to action. As an ocean lover, I am upset because I can no longer enjoy surfing and swimming on the outer cape.
With frequent beach closures, the fear of sharks escalates to the point where people will not set foot in the ocean. This poses a threat to the Cape’s economy, with tourists and residents seeking alternate destinations for ocean enjoyment. In addition, seals eat huge volumes of fish, putting fishermen’s livelihoods at stake.
My opinion is that seals should be hunted for bounty money, as they were up until 1972 (before the Marine Mammal Protection Act).
I also propose that the fishing for and killing of sharks be encouraged.
Hence, I propose a new group called the Atlantic Human Conservancy.
Anyone who wants to join or get in on the action, please send email to atlantichumanconservancy@gmail.com.
As an Orleans resident, I hate to see that “conserving” sharks and seals is more important than the interests of humans.
Please come out to our second group meeting on Oct. 23 at Snow Library, starting at 6 pm.

Karl Hoefer



Make A Difference: Volunteer


We were discussing how true this quote is: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The town of Chatham has many boards and committees with a variety of volunteer openings and opportunity that could use your interest, expertise and voice to advise and/or make decisions on a variety of issues affecting all of us, like infrastructure, zoning, waterways, historic preservation, health, environment, culture, recreation, coastal management, fisheries, open space, and affordable housing, to name some.

Interested? Go to www.chatham-ma.gov/boards and click on the talent bank form to fill out and email or call the town offices at 508-945-5100.

Your voice matters. You can make a difference. Your volunteering will be appreciated.

Shareen Davis

Cory Metters
Chatham Selectmen


Every Voice Counts


The article and editorial in the Oct. 11 edition of The Cape Cod Chronicle was a wonderful tale of the history behind the acquisition 20 years ago of the former MCI properties in South Chatham and Chathamport. Those of us who were part of the Friends of Forest Beach continue to marvel that we could pull off the “deal of the century” with the help of many within the greater community of Chatham. It’s especially rewarding to see the successful dedication of the former MCI facilities in Chathamport to productive use as a maritime museum, an historic hotel as a meeting hall and several houses dedicated to affordable housing. The Forest Beach property is a unique combination of unspoiled barrier beach, marshland and scenic overlook dedicated to passive recreation. Visitors to the area are amazed that such a large tract of open space exists within valuable, shorefront property. The Friends of Forest Beach evolved into the South Chatham Village Association which continues to work to preserve historic South Chatham. Clearly, the efforts of a small group of concerned citizens continue to benefit the community as a whole.

John Sweeney

South Chatham


Disagrees On Transfer Station Condition


I found Mr. Richard Porter's recent letter about the Chatham Transfer Station (it hasn't been a "landfill" in decades) most unfortunate. In my opinion, the facility has been run particularly well by current management, certainly far better than the most recent management before, and in an organized manner. The staff works very hard to keep things moving and to be helpful and cheerful to visitors.
Perhaps Mr. Porter should consider that the "last months" were the incredibly busy summer season when our population, and therefore trash and recyclables, quadruples. Perhaps he might also, if a senior, consider taking on a temporary, part-time "Senior Work Down" stint at the TS and experience firsthand the challenges of keeping up with the volume and inevitably cleaning up what visitors, when in doubt, often toss wherever they please.
Adding staff certainly couldn't hurt, but believe me, the current staff has plenty of experience, knowledge and courtesy, which we could all use more of.


Paulette Fehig