Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 27

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

If A Tree Votes In The Forest... Editor: In response to Beverly Nelson’s recent letter, I pose this question:  Let’s imagine I am a full-time Chatham resident with a hideaway cottage on a lake in Natick (because I cannot afford the townhouse in the Back Bay). What voice and vote do I have to affect change according my specific needs and whims in  Natick? Linda Simonitsch Chatham   A Plea For You...

Our View: Donate In Honor Of ‘Working Families’

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As of this writing, The Cape Cod Chronicle and its readers have contributed about $23,500 toward the $60,000 goal for our Helping Neighbors campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. But we know we can do better. Perhaps it’s been the crush of holiday errands and travel, or maybe it’s the jittery stock market. Or maybe we’ve been focused lately on a certain letter to the editor ...

Our View: To Absent Friends

By: Caoe Cod Chronicle

This time of year is both joyous and sad; we celebrate being together with family and friends, and as the year winds down, we also remember those who won't be celebrating with us. In 2018 we lost a number of folks who dedicated much of their lives to helping run our communities. Thomas R. “Tim” Pennypacker served as a police officer and selectman in Chatham and as a deputy sheriff and was well known for his co...

John Whelan: Thoughts At Year End

By: John Whelan

“Bye Bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye Singing this will be the day that I die This will be the day that I die.”   Don McLean had a huge hit with American Pie in 1971. Don wrote it and sang it and the entire popular music industry was stunned when it reached number one in the country. Eight minute songs ha...

As of this writing, The Cape Cod Chronicle and its readers have contributed about $23,500 toward the $60,000 goal for our Helping Neighbors campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. But we know we can do better. Perhaps it’s been the crush of holiday errands and travel, or maybe it’s the jittery stock market. Or maybe we’ve been focused lately on a certain letter to the editor ...

Our View: Lessons To Carry Into The Holidays

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

As this week's letters pages show, an opinion that might seem innocuous or insignificant, a mere question posed out of curiosity, can have repercussions far beyond what was intended. That, fortunately or unfortunately, is the nature of today's world of social media, memes and digital communications. Even more so than print, what we release to the cyberworld can grow beyond our control and haunt us forever. Just a...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 20

By: Tim Wood

Editor's note: Last week's letter to the editor headlined “Why Pay To Keep Young Families In Chatham?” clearly struck a nerve with readers. It was shared on Facebook hundreds of times and prompted hundreds more comments. It even inspired local musician Tom Leidenfrost to compose a song, “Poor Beverly,” which had garnered nearly 11,000 views on YouTube (youtu.be/Ep9x6cgo75g) as of early this week. He even perform...

Andrew Buckley: Chatham Is Not A Place

By: Andrew Buckley

“Why is Chatham on a different path than other communities in Massachusetts?” I suspect mine will not be the only voice raised to provide an answer to Beverly Nelson’s question posed in last week’s letter to the editor. Why should her taxes, as a second homeowner, be used by the town of Chatham to provide services to families that otherwise would not be able to afford to live here? Other than state-mandated af...

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Why Pay To Keep Young Families In Chatham? Editor: My husband and I have been summer residents and taxpayers of Chatham for over 30 years. As summer residents while paying our full share of taxes we have limited powers related to voting for issues. This in itself is often frustrating as we read about some of the activities of the town governing bodies that we do not agree with and seem to be a waste of our ...

Our View: The Cost Of Sustainability

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The pages of The Chronicle often feature articles about the need for affordable housing, accessible child care, and creative initiatives designed to help year-round residents – particularly young families – stay in town. Our coverage reflects a broader public dialogue that’s been underway for years. Chatham, for instance, recently created a Chatham 365 Task Force to consider issues of sustainability. Ensuring tha...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 6

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Commissioner Plays Politics As Usual Editor: In his Nov. 27 letter, Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty apparently disagrees with those who seek a measured, well-researched, intelligent solution to Cape Cod’s seal and shark problem. In keeping with the lack of civility which pervades today's political discourse and instead of  presenting a cogent argument, Mr. Beaty chose to insult and bully those envi...

Russ Allen: The Reason For The Season

By: Russ Allen

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” So goes a seasonal song by Johnny Mathis. A true statement – but not for everyone. For some the holidays can be difficult, a fact the rest of us should never forget. A newer part of the holiday season, “Blue” events are designed for those who, due to personal loss, addiction, illness, homelessness, etc., find this a difficult time. But what is the holiday season? Som...