Letters To The Editor: Sept. 17, 2020

Letters to the editor.

The Beach Is For All


Donald Trump and his supporters do not own Lighthouse Beach!

How many of us have walked this beautiful beach and stopped to smile at the “Shack,” a sculpture made of things that have washed up over the years? It flies an American flag symbolizing to me the greatness of the United States, which we all call home no matter how we vote.

On my walk along the beach Sunday morning, I was dismayed to see someone had defaced this unique sculpture with “Trump 2020” scrawled across a prominent part. Do Trump and his followers believe this beach, and what is on it, now belong to them and can be further used to make their political statements? 

Please do not listen to what they say. Watch what they do!

Carol Lewis


White Knight Is Impatient


I have happy memories of attending performances at the Monomoy Theatre. Sadly, the physical property has serious issues, the theater troupe has disbanded, and the lights are out on an institution.

Along comes a white knight, a developer, the theater can be saved along with a higher and better use for the surrounding area. The developer seeks to create the Main Street Theater Overlay District through the annual town meeting. This project will change this part of Chatham forever. So as a town we need to tread carefully.

The pandemic hits impacting everything, Moderator Litchfield, the BOS, and many others scrambled to pull off the safest annual town meeting possible.

Now our white knight has grown impatient and I am concerned that the town has become the focus of a developer’s long con. The use of misdirection, focusing on how Alexandra Properties is helping us all get our theater back, keeps the focus off the real prize, the condos.

So now, the developer, during a pandemic and all the economic uncertainty that follows, is forcing the town to spend money and more importantly our safety attending a special town meeting for their benefit.

I read in the Aug. 20 edition of The Chronicle a quote from Greg Clark representing Alexandra Properties “that a town meeting can be held safely.” I take great offense to that statement; your profit over my health. I will attend the special town meeting, assessing my own risk, and happily vote no.

James Vlachos
North Chatham

Support Theater Project


I read with interest your article regarding the special town meeting which is to take place on Oct. 3 regarding the Main Street Theater Overlay District. After reading the article, I find it astounding that some selectmen are putting up such resistance and showing such displeasure at having to hold a special town meeting, especially since Mr. Clark followed the letter of the law by obtaining the required number of signatures to force a special town meeting. In case the selectmen aren't aware, life is going on pretty much as normal around the rest of Chatham, so why should this special town meeting not be held? The board's fears about a mass gathering are largely unfounded, as a safe, successful, annual town meeting was already held earlier this summer and I'm confident that the town can pull off this special town meeting safely, too. The theater has already been sorely missed for the past two seasons and to delay a decision further until next May is only a detriment to the community. Chatham is very fortunate that someone like Mr. Clark purchased the property and is planning to give the theater new life, in addition to creating some new over-55 housing and retail space, and I think we need to support his efforts, in a timely manner, to resurrect what has always been an important part of Chatham's cultural offerings.

Mala Meehan


Appreciates Department's Response


Thank you to the chief of the fire department, Dave Depasquale and the police department for their escort during the funeral of Patrick Beauregard on Sept. 11. All it took was a phone call requesting the escort and both departments were "on it." It sure does feel good to be a member of a small community with so many who are willing to go above and beyond to make a day a bit better for a family in mourning. 

Kathleen Phelan
North Chatham

Car Hops And Ice Cream


We want to take a moment for a special thank you to all this season’s employees who ran up and down in and out of the building in the heat and the rain serving as car hops. They were amazing! Their commitment to service made it possible to open our doors for ice cream service in this unusual season.

To our loyal customers who managed to figure out the traffic pattern and the timing and gave the car hops time to acquire the skills to speed up orders! Thank you for your patience!

A final thank you to those who purchased ice cream on our last day, Sept. 8. We are able to donate $939.96 to the Angel Fund which assists local children and families.

Our delayed opening and early closing has been a difficult decision brought on by our continued concern for the health and safety of our employees and customers. We hope you all have a safe and healthy fall and winter season and look forward to seeing you in spring 2021.

Jan and John Newton
Short ‘n’ Sweet
South Chatham

A Reflection On The Nation


I am that “see-nothing, hear-nothing, and believe-nothing” non-Biden supporter you wrote about.  I also operated my own business in Chatham and paid taxes there, sent my children to public school there (all of whom are productive members of society), and contributed to all the worthwhile causes and fundraisers. Oh, did I mention, I also served my country in the U.S. Army, where I took a solemn oath to defend the Constitution and obey the orders of the President of the United States – regardless of political party! No expiration date on the oath!  The American flag belongs to all who love this country.  As far as your “see-nothing, hear-nothing and believe-nothing” opinion, I suggest you look in the mirror.

Joseph Paul

Country At A Crossroads


I am writing in response to a recent letter where the author reverently refers to “America being founded primarily by Orthodox conservative Christians.” Continuing with “Our founders believed that our success as a nation depended on our faithfulness to God’s eternal word.”

With all due respect, therein lies the problem that is still manifesting itself today in “the sorry state our country is in.” From the perspective of many of the world religions – including Christianity; the aforementioned orthodox, conservative Christians who had majority power (and still do) – were actually not true or faithful to the word of God. As the full history of our country reveals, collectively these very same people who came to this place, treated the Indigenous people as “less than,” which then gave them the right as they saw it to cause indescribable pain and suffering to the Native people, pillage and desecrate their lands and their way of life. In the name of “saving souls” for this so-called Christian God, the distortion and corruption of “God’s word” continued throughout our country’s history with the enslavement, rape, torture, and murder of African Americans who were brought here against their will. As we are bearing witness to today, this racist poison is still flowing in our country. Most glaringly, we see it in our president and the people who represent him. 

We are at a crossroads in our history as a country. We do have another opportunity to be truly faithful to God’s word; which in many of the world’s religions and wisdom traditions, is love. Not the Hallmark card kind of love, but the radical and inclusive kind of love expressed and lived out in the life of the person who Christianity is named after. It will take great courage to turn our hearts towards working together to repair, restore, and make right the policies and power structures that will benefit all people for a true and lasting equality.

Dawn B. Tolley

The Mystery Of Cockle Cove


The “real mystery” of the Cockle Cove wetland is why nothing has been done to reverse the damage!

When we gifted the 23-plus acres of wetland to the Chatham Conservation Foundation (the second largest gift to the Foundation, with Strong Island being number one), we had high hopes that the Foundation would work with the town to correct the damage. Decades ago, Dr. Duncanson told the town that as the pollution and effluent progressed to the south, the area just north of the parking lot would continue to die and that area would be replaced by water. This in fact is that is happening and the damage continues.

With efforts to expand the treatment plant, experts were hired in an attempt to answer questions about pollution. This was done in order to further the development of the treatment plant. It was determined that wildlife, especially water fowl, were the likely cause of the pollutants and not the treatment facility. Really?

All I can say is as the town continues the expansion of the sewer system into the communities of Harwich, areas of South Chatham, including Cockle Cove, are not being serviced by the sewer and treatment facility. Now isn't this the “real mystery?”

Nathaniel B. Wordell
South Chatham

What Will Happen At Halloween?


I am curious about Chatham’s plans for Halloween.

I live on Elkanah Street, part of “Halloween Central.” Last year we had close to 450 Trick or Treaters in a four-hour span. Our neighborhood welcomes it and plans for it every year with the help of candy donations from our community organizations.

We usually buy several bags of candy every week prior to Halloween. However, the concept of having 450 pieces of candy with no recipients is daunting...especially to our waistlines!

Any updates would be greatly appreciated! I truly hate to see Trick or Treating banned but I truly understand the dangers of COVID-19 transmission.

Linda Dunne