Opinion

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...

Letters to the Editor

By:

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...

Our View: In Pursuit Of Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's an oft-repeated refrain: there isn't a single solution to the region's housing problem. That's not surprising, considering the problem itself is complex and multifaceted. Not only is there a dearth of capital “A” affordable housing – the kind that caps both the price and the income of buyers – the second-home market has increased the price of real estate beyond most workers, and apartments, even “attainable”...

Our View: Shifting Sands

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Fortunately, folks in our neck of the woods take climate change and the resulting rise in sea level seriously. Chatham's experience in the past 30 years, since the 1987 break in North Beach, has provided a vision of how rising sea level will impact the shoreline in a number of ways. It's shown how unexpectedly flooding and damage can occur during a storm or even an unusually high tide, as well as the efficacy of ...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 29

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Letter Captures Right Spirit Editor: We laud Maria Mazzer’s recent letter "Take Care of Each Other" (Nov. 8). Her articulate response to the fracas that is consuming our nation was poignant and insightful. Her call to action for each of us to harness the power of compassion, kindness, and the words we speak, illuminates a clear pathway that each one of us can chose right now, today. It highlights how impera...

Andrew Buckley: On Bruce

By: Andrew Buckley

About 20 years ago, on a warm early June day, I was still wearing my neoprene waders. It wasn’t because the waters of Stage Harbor were still too chilly for me while I spent four hours scratching for quahogs. Rather, I figured I could get through enough of the spring before the summer shift over to digging steamers in my bare feet on the flats. Cooler canvas waders were for those who would be digging littlenec...

Our View: End Of An Era

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

We were saddened this week to note the passing of Andrew Fitzgerald, the last remaining member of the Gold Medal Lifesaving crew of the CG36500. Like his crewmates, “Fitz,” as his friends knew him, was a humble hero. He rejected the label of heroism, saying he was simply doing his job when he helped propel the little rescue boat to rescue 32 men from the tanker Pendleton in 1952. He didn’t even mention the eve...

Our View: Be Thankful For Neighbors

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

As we tuck in at our holiday tables, we know there are plenty of reasons to be thankful. And you’re one of them. That’s because, between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, Cape Cod Chronicle readers dig deep to support the Family Pantry of Cape Cod through our Helping Neighbors campaign. Together, we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that help local families put food on the table. While there are m...