Opinion

Letters To The Editor, April 16, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

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...

Our View: Stay Home

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Quite a few people flipped out when they saw a lot of out-of-state license plates on Lower Cape roads over the past two weeks. Yes, a lot of second homeowners fled here once the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Is that a reason to panic? No, so long as those from areas where the virus is more endemic keep to themselves for the 14 days recommended by state and local authorities. While there's anecdotal evidence that's no...

John Whelan: Bridge Over Troubled Water

By: John Whelan

“When you’re down and out When you’re on the street When evening falls so hard I will comfort you I’ll take your part Oh when darkness comes And pain is all around”   Paul Simon wrote “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in 1969 and he and his partner, Art Garfunkel, released the song in January 1970. The song was a huge hit and stayed at number one on the pop charts for six weeks. It was also a s...

Letters to the Editor, March 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Virus Keeps Candidate Off Ballot Editor: Under ordinary circumstances, I would have been able to get the signatures, by Thursday's (March 26) deadline, necessary to qualify as a candidate for the board of selectmen this spring, as I had back in 2008 and 2009. However, due to COVID-19, we all have been advised to practice "social distancing" which, for any of us, makes it risky to handle, or even sign, a pa...

Our View: Looking After Each Other

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

After last summer's tornado, there was an outpouring of assistance for those unlucky enough to be caught in its path. Neighbors helped neighbors, food donations flooded emergency service providers, and there was a sense of pulling together in the face of a disaster. We've seen that before, after hurricanes and winter storms. Cape Codders look after each other. The coronavirus pandemic is a disaster on an entir...

Our View: The World Turned Upside Down

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Theater fans will recognize the headline above as a line from the song “Yorktown” from the musical “Hamilton.” The coronavirus crisis may not be on the same level historically as the Revolutionary War, but during the past week, it sure feels as if our world has turned upside down. After Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts March 10, things seemed to come off the rails. The sto...