Letters to the Editor: Aug. 20, 2020

Letters to the editor.

Beach Walks Never Change


Mary Richmond’s “Learning To Love Nature” (Aug. 6) reminds us that we are “fortunate” in so many ways despite the changes brought by the Corona virus. Her childhood memories of watching hermit crabs trying on shells and her swimming underwater with eyes opened made us smile. The shorelines have changed and the beaches now have annoying rules. But a simple walk near the ocean still seems sacred for many people of all ages. 

Joseph Coffey
East Orleans


Time For A Change In County Gov.


In the Sept. 1 Democratic Primary for Barnstable County Commissioner I am supporting Mark Forest and I urge your readers to do so as well.

Mark is currently a Yarmouth selectman and the chairman of the Cape Cod Conservation District which lobbies for federal funds to restore Cape Cod’s salt marshes, shellfish fisheries resources all over Cape Cod. Mark started his career in the town manager’s office in Provincetown and he skillfully guided plans and secured funding for the redevelopment of MacMillan Pier. He secured funding for groundwater protection and much of the town’s water system. He then was a top aid to our former Congressmen Gerry Studds and Bill Delahunt. With the congressmen he worked on many environmental issues. He also played a key role in creating health care clinics for veterans. Mark also secured a lot of federal funds for local issues.

Recently he was appointed the interim town manager for the town of Brewster specifically because of his proven track record in resolving financial issues. I was very impressed with Mark’s work as Brewster’s interim town administrator. He helped straighten out the town’s finances and was highly regarded by the select board, town employees and many who live in the community. His door was always open, and he was easy to approach on any question.

County government has a lot of potential. But it’s time for a change and new leadership. Mark Forest is a breath of fresh air Barnstable County government needs.

Mary Anderson


Concerned For The Future


Please help us pass a ban on single-use plastic bottles Capewide. This is a great step toward bringing awareness that what we do affects our world. These plastics do not dissolve away but have proven to cause long term harm to fish and wildlife, one of our main food sources.

This Earth is our only living room, so let us please treat it that way.

Joan Konopka


Supports Kennedy For Senate


In his endorsement of Joe Kennedy III for Senate this week, Martin Luther King III said, “I know [Kennedy] will never stop demanding justice.” This is at the heart of who Kennedy is — a champion for justice of all kinds, with a fire that fuels others as well. 

As a Harwich water commissioner and social justice activist, I see Kennedy’s leadership on the environment and social justice as crucial. He is an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, and goes further, working for concrete action on the climate crisis locally and nationally. He fights hardest for those who are usually ignored — Black, Brown, and working communities who suffer the most devastating effects of climate change. 

People know that Kennedy is in their corner. They see him show up every day all over the state. He was there with Monica Cannon-Grant, taking a knee for Black Lives in Roxbury, and with the parents of DJ Henry, demanding justice for their son, another unarmed Black man murdered by a white police officer.

At home, in D.C., and across the country, Kennedy is leading and building the Democratic party. He helped Democrats win back the House in 2018, campaigning in 18 states. This is far more than Ed Markey (who campaigned for no one) has done. Markey is not entitled to this senate seat — it belongs to the people. We should elect a senator who will be a champion for us on all fronts.

Judith Underwood


Stop Encouraging Developers


In this day and age, when reading editorial pieces, I summarily scan the text for President Trump's name and then wager a bet with myself that he is being blamed for yet another detriment to the human condition.

Tim Wood takes issue with a tweet that the president made about low-income housing, personalizing the term to his home, himself and his neighbors. My family and I live in the same neighborhood as the Wood family, and are blessed and grateful to live where we do. I have to agree with Tim's description of our neighborhood, "A couple of generations of kids have now grown up here, in a neighborhood where they meet in the street and play at each other's houses, the way many of us remember growing up." However, I disagree with the connotation attached to even "affordable" in describing our neighborhood. Since the get-go, I have referred to this neighborhood as "normal income." It's nearly a snapshot of a Chatham that doesn't exist anymore. Hard-working locals of modest means, some raising families, who take pride in their homes. A place where you know nearly all of your neighbors.

But if all politics is local, then why blame the president for conditions that long ago led to a need for "affordable housing" in the first place? Responsibility too, is local. Why in this town and on the Cape as a whole, do we (town leaders, media etc.) continue to herald and glad-hand money-hungry real estate developers, well-to-do second homeowners, and other land investors who exploit the core of this peninsula at the expense of the rest of us? Knock off the branding, the endless promotion, and the bottomless desire to bring more speculation that will ultimately squeeze us out.

A good example of this asinine treatment of the vaunted developer class was evident in articles published by The Chronicle last year, quoting a local developer speaking positively about a new congregate housing complex he was constructing. In another issue of the same paper last year, an individual who purchased an occupied housing complex from the very same developer was quoted as saying, "It's the most poorly maintained property I've ever seen."

When it comes to those partly responsible for insane real estate valuations, please stop giving them a pat on the back. They don't need encouragement.

Jared Fulcher
North Chatham


Time For A New Chapter


After 27 years at the post office, it's time to turn the page. My thanks to the people of West Chatham and my other customers for making my job enjoyable. I have made many friends and hope to see all of you on the other side of the counter, actually coming to get my mail. But for now, stay healthy and I wish you only the best.

Bill Smith
West Chatham