Opinion

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...

Don’t #ReopenCapeCod – Yet

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last weekend, a Cape-based conservative political group staged a demonstration in Bourne to urge Governor Charlie Baker to begin lifting business closures and other restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Organizers argue that the Cape’s economy, and local families, can’t withstand the continued stress of these preventative measures. Protesters held signs promoting the hashtag #ReopenCapeCod. Most w...

Letters To The Editor, April 16, 2020

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A Plastic-free Earth Day Editor: One might think, why talk or think about environmental issues now, after all we are in a world crisis with COVID-19. But it is our natural environment, when healthy, that keeps us healthy. The toxic chemicals that we accept in our every day lives can stress our immune systems and make us vulnerable to disease. This week I watched a Frontline documentary on WGBH about the ...

Our View: Uncertain Times

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Living with uncertainty is stressful. Life always has its share of unknowns; emergencies, unforeseen situations, sudden changes that are out of our control. But what's happening now is extraordinary, relatable only to measures taken during World War II, though the comparison is not exact. Then, the country was pulling together against a common enemy and was not divided along partisan lines. That's not the case to...

Letters to the Editor, April 9

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Schools Step Up During Crisis Editor: I want to express my congratulations to the administration and teachers of the Monomoy School District! They are amazing educators and they are dedicated to seeing that all students of the district are being educated. Being a retired teacher and wife of a retired school administrator, we are in awe of the time and effort that has been put into keeping students educat...

Donna Tavano: Drinking From A Glass Half Full

By: Donna Tavano

Last month, in what now appears to be an odd prescience of advice, I wrote a column on boredom, suggesting, among other things, that we crafty folk sew safety masks. What a difference a few weeks make! When I wrote that, we were nowhere near any social distancing or sheltering in place. As we are all too familiar with the downsides of COVID-19, let’s examine the creative ways in which people are coping, and the...

Our View: Look For The Helpers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” The words of Fred Rogers are still bringing us comfort, as they did when we were little. Each day’s headlines are difficult to read—they’re certainly difficult for us to write—and we’re bracing as a community for what is predicted to be the deadliest ph...

Our View: Push Town Meetings To The Fall

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next month's annual town meetings in local towns will be postponed. Exactly when they will be rescheduled must await developments in the coming days and weeks. Moderators now have the authority to postpone or continue annual sessions; newly filed state legislation likely to be approved soon will allow selectmen to reschedule meetings as late as June 30 or even later. Last week, Chatham selectmen voted to postpone...

Letters To The Editor: April 2, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

The Importance Of Scooping Editor: Dear dog walkers, Of the things focusing our attention on personal, community and national health right now, a key one should be the health of the Cape Cod fresh water supply source. The Harwich watershed includes Thompson’s Field where human and canine family members exercise. Thompson’s Field is a woodland and field conservation area used year round. The Harwich Co...