Opinion

Our View: Postal Blues

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The New York Times recently detailed how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin blocked a $13 billion grant to the U.S. Postal Service which was to be included in the CARES Act legislation. The Washington Post reported that the president threatened to reject the bill if a bailout for the agency was included. A compromise was reached providing the postal service with a $10 billion loan from the treasury department. ...

Our View: Safe Space Downtown

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monday's decision by the Chatham Board of Selectmen to cancel the Fourth of July parade, fireworks and Friday night band concerts was not unexpected; there's just no way social distancing, crowd size and other restrictions likely to remain in place for most of the summer could be complied with during those events. The vote by the board of health, endorsed by selectmen, requiring the wearing of face masks downt...

Our View: One Man, One Vote

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Like his colleagues, Orleans Selectman Cecil Newcomb wasn’t happy when bids to build the downtown sewer collection system and others for the treatment plant/disposal system came in $12 million over estimates. He cast the only vote against putting that sum into a June 20 town meeting article to make up the difference. A second vote was required to put that request on the June 23 ballot for a debt exclusion. Aga...

Letters To The Editor: May 21, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Know Candidates' Positions Editor: Within the framework of decisions we are all making these days, determining who to vote for for selectman June 23 in the Orleans general election is an exceptionally important task. When you go to vote, educate yourself on the candidates' positions on matters of importance to the well being of the community both in the present and for the preservation of its character and ...

Our View: Off The Boat

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Once, it was pretty common for fishermen to sell whole fish right off the boat to local folks. The loss of that connection between consumers and commercial fishermen is one of the major victims of the changes the industry has undergone in the past several decades. But it's been rekindled, in a way, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While fishermen are deemed essential and are allowed to work during the shu...

Letters To The Editor: May 14, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Sidewalk Needed For Safety Editor: A number of years ago the town authorized the installation of a sidewalk on Old Queen Anne from Stepping Stones to Main Street. This is the only stretch on that road that does not have a sidewalk from Lakeshore Drive to Main Street. It is dangerous to walk one side of the road. You are to always face traffic when walking on a road, but there is little escape if a car was c...

Letters To The Editor, May 7, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Administration Promotes Slow Opening Editor: Your editorial of April 22 accuses the Trump administration of rushing to open the economy. Get people back to work. Ignoring the consequences of starting back too soon. This is not true.  At numerous press conferences the president stated that governors of states severely impacted by COVID-19 should proceed cautiously while other parts of the country that exp...

Our View: What Summer 2020 May Look Like

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

What we know about the summer right now: No Cape Cod Baseball League; no Barnstable County Fair; no Paw Palooza; no summer concerts at Nauset Beach; no Chatham Harbor Run; no Mashpee Powwow; no Figawi. What we don't know: What other summer events—band concerts, July 4 parades, arts festivals, fireworks, theater performances—will happen and which won't, whether beaches will be open or restricted, whether we'll ...

Our View: Contributing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Local residents have been extremely generous to organizations providing relief to those in need during the coronavirus crisis. But it's also important to recognize that nonresident homeowners—summer folks—are also helping in a major way, even though they weren't exactly welcomed here when the when the current situation began to unfold. Despite being admonished for leaving places like Boston, New York and New J...

Letters To The Editor: April 30, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Preparation Is The Best Strategy Editor: I have been told that rather than recommending that people wear masks in grocery stores towns have to mandate their use in supermarkets. Several cities and towns in Massachusetts currently  have such mandates in place.  As I walk around shopping I’m surprised how many people there are that ignore the recommendation to wear a mask. With summer coming I have a great co...

Andrew Buckley: Lorax

By: Andrew Buckley

  I went to go visit my father today. One of those absurdly sunny, clear April days full of green and warmth and lies. In January, when he had gone up to my sister Meg’s place outside Boston until we could get his care sorted out, it hadn’t been bad for a winter day. The whole winter hadn’t been, except for that morning when I had gotten a call at 6 a.m. from the Chatham Police that they had brought Dad home, ...

Letters To The Editor, April 23, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Welcomes Airport Scrutiny Editor: Leaders in our community should welcome and expect careful scrutiny of their statements, especially when those statements are made to influence public policy.  Challenging these statements is a public duty for all citizens especially when those statements undermine the operation of our public institutions.  I am proud and grateful to be in a country where free speech is all...