Opinion

Letters to the Editor, July 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Living Is Good, But... Editor: Last week’s Letter “And The Living Is Good” brought on a sly chuckle, because five of the first six items listed (“temperatures rising” being the exception) are purely money focused and materialistic.  This leads me to believe that Mr. Fields profits from those activities, either as a business owner or absentee landlord who rents; i.e., to him “good” equals dollars.  I, on the...

Donna Tavano: The Greatest Fear Is…

By: Donna Tavano

Who was it that said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself?” Ah, yes, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Easy for him to say; they didn’t even have MRIs back then. Fears and phobias are funny creatures—some seem random and silly, but for the afflicted, life can be difficult. Recently, my husband, beset by the typical over 50 aches and pains, made his way to the ortho doc. We all know the drill; appointment…x-ray...

Our View: Chamber Takes Wrong Turn With Food Truck

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

What is it about food trucks that frightens some downtown Chatham landlords and business owners? It's not like they are an unknown entity; food trucks have been present at First Night and other events for years. Never before has anyone complained. Until the Chatham Merchants Association thought it would be a good thing to have a food truck downtown during this summer's Mondays on Main music strolls. Suddenly, foo...

Letters To The Editor, July 11, 2019

By: Alan Pollock

Keep The Connection Going Editor: 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, sch...

Happy Independence Day

By: Russ Allen

Today is the 243rd anniversary of the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence. Each year the Fourth of July, and the days before and after, offer opportunities to celebrate that event. In addition, it marks the official start of the summer season, which means that for the next two months Cape Cod will be crowded with residents, vacationers, and tourists enjoying all that this uniqu...

Our View: Dissolve The Chatham Charter Review Committee

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

There is no dispute about the general outline of what occurred at the June 18 Chatham Charter Review Committee meeting. After the session was adjourned, property owner George Myers stood at the podium to speak about Open Meeting Law violation complaints he filed against the committee. Committee members urged him to stop speaking, because if they continued to deliberate they would be violating the Open Meeting Law...

Letters To The Editor, July 4, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Working To Save Old Buildings Editor: We are an “alliance for combined action to save our antique buildings in Chatham,” the Cape and Islands and nationally. Meet Protect Our Past, LLC, a newly formed not-for-profit organization. Our purpose is to promote education and public awareness of the value of local architectural legacy; to preserve, protect and restore the visual quality and integrity of historic b...

Our View: Honoring Those Who Served

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Ivan Bassett has some amazing stories to tell. In this week's front-page interview with Alan Pollock, the World War II veteran details his experiences aboard the Navy's 673-foot heavy cruiser USS Boston, which saw significant action in the Pacific Theater, right up to anchoring in Tokyo Bay following the surrender of Japan. While life on the cruiser was better than on the battlefield, Bassett, a 93-year-old Ch...

Letters to the Editor, June 27, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Brooks Library Offers Thanks Editor: The staff and Trustees of Brooks Free Library are having an open house  on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of our restoration and preservation project, and would like to invite the people of Harwich as well as the community preservation committee to join us in this celebration as a thank you for all your support with this project.  Light re...

I Hope The Fish Are Jumpin’

By: John Whelan

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high” Well, you won’t find the high cotton here in Chatham, but the rest is possibly true. George Gershwin wrote the tune and DuBose Hayward added the lyrics in 1934. Hayward also wrote the novel “Porgy” on which Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” was based. All of a sudden it is the end of June and Chatham summer is upon us. All the sign...

Letters to the Editor, June 20

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

An Open Letter To Harwich Editor: Our town is rich in history: 325 years of community development, culture and commerce. Today, West Harwich needs your support. Route 28 in West Harwich has over 20 buildings identified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as potentially eligible for state registry listing, individually or collectively. These include many sea captains’ homes. Two buildings are already o...

Andrew Buckley: Right Spot, Wrong Way

By: Andrew Buckley

Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. It was summer, and Matt Griffin and I had stopped on our way back from a horrifically hot day in Salem filming an interview with Emily Murphy under the shade of the trees behind her offices at the National Maritime Historical Site. Then, once in Boston, the humid mid-90s Saturday afternoon was threatening a shower by 4 p.m. Still, we needed a little footage of Paul Revere ...