Letters to the Editor, Oct. 25

Letter to the Editor

Many Help Make House Tour Successful


On behalf of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, we want to thank all who participated and supported our House Tour held on Oct. 6.    It truly was a community event, with local businesses showcasing flyers or signs, the Chatham Orpheum advertising in their pre-show, St. Christopher’s Gift and Consignment  Shop and Puritan selling tickets, The Chronicle publicizing wonderful articles, the many volunteers who helped make the day go smoothly, the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, the local police, and of course the five homeowners who generously opened up their homes! The proceeds of the House Tour help our church to support our ministries, our community and our congregation.  As a thank you, St. Christopher’s is making an extra donation to the Lower Cape Outreach Council, which provides critical emergency assistance with food, clothing and financial support to those in need. We truly appreciate everyone’s efforts and are very fortunate to be part of such a giving and caring community.

Pam Hufnagel

St. Christopher’s House Tour volunteer marketing coordinator


Alarmed By Candidate Stance


As a retired teacher, former special education counselor, and advocate for children, teachers and public education for over 40 years, I am stunned by State Senate candidate John Flores’ March 25 statement on the Pat Desmarais WXTK radio show that he would consider arming school teachers. To make matters worse, Mr. Flores later denied his statement, even after the transcript was exposed at the Oct. 13 debate with our State Senator Julian Cyr.

Speaking off the cuff and exhibiting poor judgment, coupled with misrepresenting proven facts, are not qualities we want or need in a person representing us in these difficult and troubling times. I urge you to re-elect our current State Senator Julian Cyr. Senator Cyr understands the serious potential consequences of moving to arm teachers with weapons, rather than working to provide safe, high quality and professional school environments in which to teach our children. Voting Nov. 6 is our opportunity to stop this kind of madness.

Mary Loftus Levine



Better Treatment, More Volunteers


Concerning the selectmen’s invitational letter for volunteers to town committees, one is reminded of the poor treatment some volunteers get.  Lincoln used the term “the better angels of our nature.”  One has to ask if the selectmen in their appointing and firing of committee and commission members follow their better angels, or if they succumb to lobbying and personal prejudice.  Our small town needs these volunteers, but they need to be treated openly and equitably.

J. Denis Glover



Questions Commitment To Locals


It is laughable that Shareen Davis would put a letter in your paper soliciting committee members. She led the charge to remove three fishermen from the Aunt Lydia's Cove and waterways committees. She has no interest in the hard-working local people. It's all about the monied interests.

Peter Taylor



Parade Volunteers Sought


The members of the Chatham Independence Day Parade committee met earlier this month to start planning for the July 4 parade.

We voted to ask the board of selectmen to add two seats to the committee. Once the board reviews our request, we hope there will be a couple of open spots on the committee. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, please fill out the talent bank form at the town offices, or email us at chathamparade@gmail.com for more information.

Sadly for us, we bade farewell to Perri Kapp who was project manager for the 2017 and 2018 parades. We were a committee of new members last year and couldn’t have managed without her. “Happy Fourth of July, in advance, Perri, wherever you’ll be.” We gratefully welcomed Mike Horton, who has family ties in Chatham, as our new project manager.

There are several organizations in the Chatham community we wish to thank for their gracious assistance this past year: The Cape Cod Chronicle for their press coverage (and their staff for nominating the Grand Marshal); First United Methodist Church for providing equipment, electricity, and a location for the judges to carry out their duties (thank you, too, judges!); Maps of Antiquity for supplies and labor to repair the “That’s All Folks” banner; and the staff of the town’s many departments who helped behind the scenes and out front. We are also grateful to the following who gave their support so we could offer tangible thanks to the extra volunteers who awoke early that holiday morning to help us make final preparations (thank you, again, volunteers!): The Chatham Cheese Company, Chatham Orpheum Theater, Fisherman’s Daughter, Stage Harbor/Joly Real Estate, Mom and Pops Burgers and New England Pizza.

We look forward to planning next year’s celebration and seeing all of you at the parade!

Justin Bohannon, Chair

Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee


Reasons To Vote No On Q1


Plan to vote no on Question 1. Why?
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (MHPC) will be responsible for developing the regulations and ensuring compliance with the requirements. How is the MHPC qualified for their role when there is not a single nurse on the commission?
On Oct. 3 the MHPC reported the conservative estimated cost of the question of up to $949 million, yes million. It also estimates that hospitals will need over 3,100 additional full-time nurses. It is unclear where the money for the bureaucracy and the nurses will come from.
Massachusetts law gives the nurse/patient ratios for various nursing areas in health care facilities. Where did these arbitrary numbers come from? Where is the proof that these ratios are the right ones? What are the qualifications of the nurses (new graduate vs. seasoned veteran)? The law says that one OR nurse will be assigned to each patient under anesthesia. Many procedures are now performed with sedation, not anesthesia, a fact that the IP ignores. The law states that facilities will be required to develop patient acuity tools for each nursing area. This requirement represents an unnecessary significant financial burden to some hospitals when many validated tools and staffing standards are already available from professional organizations. The law says the MHPC may conduct inspections. How can compliance be ensured without inspections?
Finally, no pro-Q1 advertising discloses that the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a principle sponsor supporting the question, is the collective bargaining agent for many Massachusetts nurses.

Rosina Robinson



A Breath Of Fresh Air


I am reinforcing the “on the mark” comments made by P. Fehig in her letter published in Oct. 18 issue regarding the Chatham Transfer Station. It is definitely managed well and the team that works there is always helpful and consistently pleasant. While perhaps counter intuitive, I find the TS to be a breath of fresh air.
I realize recycling is a work in progress but I am hopeful that more of our population will take advantage of the opportunity to recycle. A little effort by each and everyone can make a difference.

Mike Hanafee



Band Stand Needs Attention


The town of Chatham should be proud of another great Oktoberfest.  Tons of kids.  But Chatham should not be proud of the condition of the band stand.  Whit would role over in his grave if he saw  it.

Don St. Pierre