Opinion

Our View: Ways To Vote

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

President Trump and his minions have done their best to question the legitimacy of and discourage people from voting by mail, even though it's an option the president himself uses. With the nation still in the grip of a pandemic, many people, especially the most vulnerable, will see mail-in voting as their best option. Absent evidence of large-scale abuse, fraud or any other negative the president wishes to apply...

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 8, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Candidate Knows The Cape Editor: Whether you are voting by mail, early or in person on Nov. 3, please get out and vote. We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the right to vote and locally, to have a regional coordinating body in the Barnstable County Commissioners. Please join me in voting for Mark Forest for county commissioner. I had the pleasure of working with Mark for a year as he served ...

Our View: School Enrollment Impact

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Even putting aside the impact of the pandemic, the drop in enrollment in the Monomoy Regional School District is alarming. As we reported last week, the district has 102 fewer pupils this fall than last school year. Families opting to home school their kids account for a large percentage of that figure – 55 students, according to Superintendent Scott Carpenter. But there are also 20 new students who are living...

Our View: Vote No On Monomoy Theatre Overlay District

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's unfortunate that the proposed Main Street Overlay District zoning amendment, scheduled to go before voters at Saturday's special town meeting, did not get a thorough enough airing earlier. It's problematic and in its current form should not be approved. The overlay district clearly lacks the specificity needed to justify the tradeoff of less restrictive zoning for continuation of the iconic theater and re...

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 1, 2020

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Oppose Ballot Question 2 Editor: I strongly oppose Nov. 3 Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 on “Ranked Choice Voting.” First, in my view, it is actually nothing more than a political scam being promoted by the radical Massachusetts Democrat Party. Second, “ranked choice voting” is a scheme to disconnect elections from issues and allow candidates with marginal support from voters to win. Third, it obscures ...

Our View: Unprecedented Need

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Greater Boston Food Bank is projecting a 59 percent increase in the number of people in Eastern Massachusetts who will experience food insecurity due to the pandemic. On the Cape, that number is expected to be higher; during normal times, about 10 percent of the population of the peninsula – approximately 28,000 people – experience food insecurity, according to Christine Menard, director of the Family Pantry ...

Our View: Plastics And Zoning

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich's long-delayed annual town meeting takes place this Saturday at 10 a.m. outdoors at football field behind the Monomoy Regional High School. Despite efforts to pare back articles to limit discussion and the length of the meeting, there's a lot of meat on the warrant. Voters will tackle not only the usual budget measures, but a critical zoning amendment and controversial petitions to ban the sale of single-...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 24, 2020

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The Real Price Of Plastic Water Bottles Editor: As a citizen of Orleans and someone who has worked for 20 years for marine scientists, I am voicing my strongest possible support for a ban on all commercial sales of single-use plastic water bottles in Orleans.  As a Cape Codder, I urge all my fellow citizens throughout this unique and cherished place we call home to ask for the same in your own hometowns. ...

Our View: Thank You For Helping Neighbors

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you’re like us, the phrase “these unprecedented times” is starting to set your teeth on edge. (We’ve been in pandemic mode for half a year now, which surely sets some precedent.) But there’s no getting around it: 2020 has been a year like no other. COVID-19 has laid bare the hidden societal problems in our community. The lack of affordable housing, the wealth gap and the need for affordable childcare are mo...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 17, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

The Beach Is For All Editor: 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 mornin...

Our View: Back To School — Sort Of

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When local schools open their doors next week for the first time since March, students won't be stepping back into classrooms as if nothing has changed. Everything has changed. And not just physically, though that will be the most obvious difference. With fewer desks to accommodate social distancing, classrooms look sparse. Signs everywhere remind students (and staff) to wear masks, wash hands and use sanitize...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 10, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Do Something For The Environment Editor: If you had the opportunity to do something for the environment, wildlife and your future that only took a bit of forward thinking and a small amount of effort, would you? If you don’t want to be swimming in, consuming, surrounded by, and overrun by ever mounting plastic trash, now is the time to support a Cape-wide ban on single-use plastic bottles. Otherwise, som...