Opinion

Our View: Common Sense Heads For The Exit

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Have you ever been driving down Route 6 and found yourself utterly confused about the distance to the next exit? Neither have we. A state plan to renumber the exits on most numbered highways in Massachusetts is on its way. Perhaps before this fall, the familiar exit numbers on Route 6 will be changing to conform with a federal plan that references an exit’s milepost location, rather than its sequence. Getti...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 27, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

May The Best Location Be Chosen Editor: Chatham COA Director Mandi Speakman gave a report about the COA’s good work to Chatham’s finance committee at its Feb. 18 meeting.  It was very impressive. Chatham residents are fortunate to have these needed services and support.  We all recognize that the COA needs a new facility. They have been waiting a long time. I remember at last year’s annual town meeting when...

Our View: Responsive Government Buoys Us All

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The federal government has been likened to a vast ocean liner. Once it’s set a course, it doesn’t easily stop or turn. But last week, the U.S. Coast Guard showed its maneuverability when it comes to policies that matter to citizens. It reversed course on an earlier plan to remove a lighted whistle buoy from the Chatham Harbor entrance. The fate of the “C” buoy might not be on par with the national debate ov...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 20, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Clarification Of Cemetery Tree Plan Editor: I wish to correct a statement made in the Feb. 6 Chronicle in the article titled “Meeting Called for Alternative Senior Center.” The article states “Friends of Trees has proposed planting trees along the nearby cemetery property to screen it from the road.” This is inaccurate. Friends of Trees funded the development of a master planting plan by a landscape archite...

Our View: Standing With Scottie

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

We’re journalists, but sometimes words just fail us. That was what it was like when we learned about the brutal attack on Scottie, a 7-year-old Welsh pony, early Sunday morning. Working under cover of darkness, one or more cowardly perpetrators attacked the horse, whose docile nature made him an easy target. The animal’s injuries were unspeakably violent. It’s hard to imagine the hatred that must be in the ...

Donna Tavano: You Smell

By: Donna Tavano

It’s winter, and time for my life to take a brief hiatus, and a deep breath, except that calming release is now ending instead in a catarrhal cough, not the cleansing exhale for which I’d hoped. Like many of you, due to the evidence of vast tracks of empty supermarket shelves where the tissues once were, I’m ODing daily on Mucinex, having succumbed to an insidious seasonal virus. In spite of this, I cooked supper...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Supports School COA Site Editor: It’s brilliant the superintendent of the Monomoy schools would like to see the COA building on the Middle School property. Let’s all get on the bus come May town meeting and vote for the town-owned school property. There is plenty of room for everyone. Thank you, Fred Crimins. Betsy Abreu Chatham   History Is On Women's Side Editor: Feb. 15 marks the day in 182...

Our View: Airport Advisory Committee Needed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

According to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory circular, one of the first tasks local officials should do when beginning the airport master planning process is to create a process for public involvement. The program should be proportional to the airport size, complexity of the plan and the issues involved. The purpose is to encourage information sharing and collaboration among stakeholders. “An effective...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 6, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Helping Families Year-round Editor: We have an amazing community! The Harwich Children’s Fund/Friends of Harwich Youth would like to thank the following businesses and organizations who supported our mission to help Harwich youth in need: Art of Charity Foundation, Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Chatham Candy Manor, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Dunkin Donuts Route 124 in Ha...

Our View: Relocate Harwich Water Department

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If there's one thing Cape Codders care about, it's water. Whether it's groundwater, which comes from our single-source aquifer, or the coastal waters that drive our economy—which the region will spend billions on to clean up toxic nutrient loading—clean water is as important as the air we breath. It's ironic, then, that levels of MTBE, a gasoline additive that may be carcinogenic in high concentrations, was de...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 30, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Complete Streets Not Needed Editor: Recently The Chronicle wrote about  Harwich moving forward with the Complete Streets Program under MassDOT requirements to pursue a sidewalk along Route 28 from Harwich Port to Saquatucket Harbor.  On this topic it was suggested that bike lanes be put along Hoyt Road because there would not be enough room on Route 28 for compliant sidewalks and a bike lane.  I drove Hoyt ...

Our View: Keep Chatham Harbor On The Map

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If you’re not a mariner, you’re not apt to care about buoys. Here’s a worthy exception. The Coast Guard, which maintains large, offshore aids to navigation, has proposed removing the lighted whistle buoy “C” off the entrance to Chatham Harbor. Doing so would be a mistake. Landlubbers can think of the “C” buoy as a highway exit sign. The offshore waters are like a long, featureless highway, and in the dark o...