Letters To The Editor, July 11, 2019


Keep The Connection Going


Each week we anxiously await the arrival of The Cape Cod Chronicle, ready to devour what's happening in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans. And we are never disappointed, despite our living in New Jersey, 270-plus miles away.

As returning vacation renters for the past 15 years throughout Chatham, we look forward each week to what transgresses, whether it be local politics, school lunches, dredging, shark patrols, local businesses—and, it's all found in The Chronicle, the embodiment of what any village or town should loudly proclaim.

And in doing so, we remain, despite the distance and time that separates us, so closely in touch with our "second home," each summer, for two glorious weeks.

We may be in absentia for seven months of the year, yet we still live the life, the life blood of the Lower Cape.

Charles Flynn
Ridgewood, N.J.

Keep Holiday Safe And Legal


The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday. There are some who celebrate by illegally firing off fireworks.
To the individual who did so near 98 Riverview Drive, know that the residue fell from the sky onto my deck.
Perhaps a simple thing to fix, but if the ash was hot the results could have been disastrous.

Enjoy the holiday but do it safely and legally.

Bill Cullinane


Parade Shows Community's Respect


Thank you to everyone who participated in the parade and helped make this year's parade so special!  We could not have done it without your theme suggestions, grand marshal nominations, impressive floats/entries, and wonderful enthusiasm! The response to this year’s theme—Chatham Honors You! Service Members Past, Present, and Future—was a fantastic testament to the community’s deep respect for those whose mission is to keep us safe!

Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you to everyone who joined us for the parade this year!  Have a great summer and we hope to see you again next year!

Justin Bohannon, chair
Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee


And The Living Is Good


Wow, it happened fast. People on the beach, cash registers ringing, left turns maybe, temperatures rising, restaurants overflowing, rentals rented, hotels filled, lawn mowers mowing, gardens blooming, children laughing, dogs barking, fireworks popping, BBQs lighted, bird feeders full, goldfinches gold, migrant birds back, whales sighted, marinas full of boats, Mondays on Main, baseball games, lights in homes, outdoor showers, band concerts, airport open house, and the parade. Hooray, it's summertime in Chatham!

Douglas Fields


Protect Our Natural Treasures


The Nature Connection piece “Conflict of Interest” by Mary Richmond is a perfectly expressed statement of what is happening now in our community, our country, and our world. It should be on the front page of your paper, repeated annually, and read in every classroom, public forum, and house of warship. As Richmond says, “Nature has given us these things for free,” therefore we must treasure and preserve these gifts for those coming after us or there will be nothing. “It is that simple.”

Debbie Swenson


Impressed With Nature Column


I am so impressed with the article "Conflicts of Interest" by Mary Richmond (July 4); I have never read anything this poignant and comprehensive about our environment. I am saddened by its depth and yet hopeful that it will have an impact, most especially for the clueless. I plan to encourage other news media to ask for permission for its reprinting. Thank you for having such a dedicated writer who obviously cares for our world, the one we hope to be able to leave to our grandchildren as unpolluted as we found it.

Judith Gundersen


Disgusted By Vulgarity


A short time ago, A friend was visiting Chatham for the first time in a number of years. We decided to visit shops on upper Main street starting at the information booth. Our first stop was a gift store known for many years for its costume jewelry, cards, prints and unique gifts. To our unpleasant surprise, near the entrance was a prominent display of stockings, with glaring four-letter obscene messages. They were "covered " with a so-called warning sign. When I asked the manager about the change from their more tasteful merchandise, she responded "They sell. We sold over 100 pair last year."

We continued on up  Main Street, crossing over to Tale of the Cod, another long standing store which lifted our spirits before moving  on.  Next stop was the candy store frequented by adults and children alike.  Beside it, prominently placed in the front window of the shop, was a  yellow mug and some wooden desk-type signs, all again, in our view, featuring vulgar sayings.  Being next to a store frequented by children was even more disturbing. On another occasion, I had asked the clerk if she would please  move them out of the display window. She had curtly responded "no."

I realize all should have the right to free speech and  expression but is no one else disgusted by these types of displays in Chatham?

Jane M. Ryder