Letter to the Editor, March 19

Letters to the editor.

Support Plastic Bottle Ban


Single use PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are the third most common item found in ocean debris, almost 15 percent of total marine waste. Caps and lids from PET bottles are the fourth most common item. Plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species.
Sustainable Practices is working to ban commercial single-use plastic water bottles Cape-wide. The proposed bylaw calls for all non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in smaller than one gallon plastic bottles be banned.
Will businesses and consumers have to make changes? Yes, but we have to change in order to reduce the impact on marine life and limit plastic in the seafood that we consume.
Is recycling the answer? China and other countries now accept little of our plastic waste, limiting the cost-benefit of recycling. A million bottles are produced per minute with only 9 percent recycled.
Please join me and your neighbors in Chatham to vote and give your full support for the commercial single-use plastic water bottle ban.


Sherrie Burson

South Chatham


A Vote For The Future


It is evident in every way that we must take radical action if we are to continue our lives on this planet.

Reducing our plastic use is one of the easiest actions we can take. Recycling, although a noble effort and necessary, is still based in supporting the oil industry and being dependent on it.

The Cape-wide commercial single-use plastic water bottle ban asks all Cape Codders to take a small and extremely important move away from our extreme overuse of plastics.

Think ahead and keep a reusable container of of tap or filtered water in your car, one ready to go next to your front door, and one on your bicycle.

These easy steps can reduce your footprint related to the amount of plastic that you generate.

As a voter, please attend your town meeting and vote “yes” for the commercial single-use plastic water bottle ban, for our common future.

Suzanna Nickerson


The writer is Chatham’s liaison for Sustainable Practices.


Regrets Signing Senior Center Petition


The school committee voted unanimously to not surplus the Stepping Stones Road land. So why are we spending $75,000 to study the feasibility of the site? It is not feasible! It's also clear that we won't get a thorough study for this amount and in two months. The people's voice was heard but this was a flawed process. Now, the selectmen are forced to spend $75,000 on a fool’s errand and then make sense of the town meeting votes in May.
I regret putting my name to the petition. Perhaps the petitioner could somehow withdraw the petition and allow us to be fiscally responsible. Find another site if you want; but let's not waste tax dollars with zero chance of success.

David McNally

South Chatham


Striking Too Close To Home


You know, I'm more than aware that there are some incredibly sick individuals running around out there, but after reading about that disgusting attack on that poor horse in North Harwich, I didn't know they were running around this close to home! Anyone who would do that to a defenseless animal would do it to a little kid. As a grandfather of eight, it makes me want to booby-trap my backyard before going to bed at night.

R. Sheppard II

East Harwich


Writer Has Best Of Town At Heart


We don’t appreciate personal attacks on people, especially somebody who has contributed so much time and effort to preserving the environment and character of Chatham. Dr. Tompsett has certainly clarified so much of the impacts of the AMPU for us, in ways that the airport commission continues not to do. None of us like the turboprops that fly so low and noisily over our heads, and we are fearful of them especially at night and when children are playing on decks. He may have been incorrect when he used the term “legalize” about them. However, we are all asking why turboprops and jets are able to use this small Chatham Airport at all, when Hyannis is so close, and why does the AMPU appear to be encouraging them? We haven’t noticed the airport being any quieter; just the opposite. Dr. Tompsett clearly wants to preserve the character of Chatham. Most people do not come to Chatham because of the airport. We think they come despite it. That is clearly what the large attendances at the airport commission meetings have showed. Everybody living under the flight path has an obvious strong financial and personal motive to be concerned about the effect of the AMPU on their environment and their property values. On the contrary, Mr. Haas, we would like to be made aware of the financial and personal motives of the airport commissioners and the airport manager in rushing to implement this AMPU.

Richard Nurse



Questions Commission Traffic Data


Please stop publishing inaccurate results for Stepping Stones Road from the Cape Cod Commission Traffic Auto Tube Testing apparatus. A Chatham selectman, chair of COA, chair of bikeways, and a member of Monomoy Regional School Committee have all unwittingly spread faulty information, saying that up to 3,000 autos traversed Stepping Stones Road in one day in June of 2018. They have all cited the commission database.

The Cape Cod Commission has provided justification for enlargement of roadways and increased sidewalks based on their inaccurate traffic tubing test process. An air-inflated tube placed on the road and shoulders counts pedestrians over 150 pounds, bikes, skate boards, tractor-trailer trucks and boat and landscape trailers all as individual autos and should never be used as valid proof of real traffic data. The testing is done at peak commuting hours over a three-day time period and only in summer months.

The commission indicates the totals as annual daily averages, when in fact, they are based on summer testing when the middle school is not in session and traffic is increased.

In 2015 the CCC stated that 7,000 autos crossed Stage Harbor Road in one day in August. The Chatham Police provided a very different reading, approximately 2,000 vehicles. That is a 5,000-auto error. In a meeting with Steven Tupper and David Nolan at the CCC I asked point blank, "Can you guarantee the accuracy of these tube tests?” Their answer was unequivocally "no," and they finally admitted there was an error and promised to remove the false tally for 2015.

No action has been taken to improve this faulty testing process which our town administrators are now using to discourage interest in the petitioners' excellent site for a new COA facility. I have never seen a traffic jam or a speeding car on Stepping Stones Road, nor a full parking lot next to the basketball court. We need to see authentic traffic studies for both COA site options.

Anne Timpson