Opinion

Our View: Harwich Special Election

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next Tuesday, Harwich voters will choose from among three candidates to fill the seat on the board of selectmen left vacant by the untimely death earlier this year of Stephen Ford. The good news is that all three are strong candidates; the bad news is that only one can end up on the board. We've been impressed with Jeffery Handler, Julie Kavanagh and Mark Kelleher. All have strong ties to Harwich and have been...

Letters To The Editor: Sept.16, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Garage Sale Benefits Pantry Editor: Thank you to all who stopped by my garage sale in support of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Last week I delivered an envelope of almost $1,300 in cash to this wonderful organization that provides food and clothing to all who need it. Now I have a cleaner garage, and anyone who made a purchase is doing their part for the environment by re-using something instead of buying...

Our View: Coming Together

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

For those of us who lived through it, it's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001. The memories of the events of that day, the images of the smoking Twin Towers and their subsequent collapse, are vivid and as clear as that morning's skies, as is the horror at the death and destruction caused by 19 hijackers whose actions did more than just destroy symbols of western hegemony. They set in m...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 9, 2021

By: Alan Pollock

Solution To Coast Guard Issue Editor: After many months, the feds have turned a deaf ear to the knowledgeable voices of fishermen, the maritime community and local government officials regarding the need to keep the US Coast Guard 42-foot rescue boats. Why?  Because they can’t find replacement parts for boats designed for the challenging waters of Chatham.  The federal government is not known for “Yankee in...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 2, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Thanks For The Joy Editor: A grand celebration of life has been taking place every Tuesday evening this summer at Brooks Park in Harwich Center. After last year’s dark season, the Harwich Town Band, under the direction of Tom Jahnke, has been playing its heart out. Audience members have been cheering, clapping, and singing along to familiar melodies. Kudos to all who have given their time and their talen...

Our View: Labor Day Reflections

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894 and was celebrated earlier in some locations, including Massachusetts, which passed a law establishing a day set aside to celebrate workers in 1887. In most locations it's a respite for workers, although here on Cape Cod, the rest has to wait, as Labor Day marks the end of summer with a long holiday weekend that usually signals the final opportunity to capitalize on...

Our View: A More Flexible Regional School Agreement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When crafting an update to the Monomoy Regional School District agreement, school officials might want to consider a slight language alteration that would allow changes to the document to be brought before any town meeting, not just annual meetings. School and town officials have been advised that the wording of the existing agreement only allows changes to be made at an annual town meeting. This came up after...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 26, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

State Owes Chatham An Apology Editor: Whoa! Mass. Dept of Transportation officials didn't want Chatham citizens to attend an on-site inspection of our new West Chatham roadway? These MassDOT officials have apparently forgotten that we Chatham citizens, through our state tax dollars, pay their salaries.  We are their employers, and we have every right to examine their work. I sincerely hope that State...

Our View: Henri’s Epitaph

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Maybe it’s because we’re all a little dulled to disaster preparedness because of the pandemic. Or maybe it’s just been long enough since our last significant hurricane that most people don’t remember the havoc such storms can wreak. In the lead-up to Henri, when the hurricane was expected to make a direct hit on Cape Cod, we saw few crowded supermarkets. With one or two exceptions, cars weren’t lined up at gas...

Our View: Masks And Schools Go Together, For Now

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Some states, rather notoriously at this point, are prohibiting school districts from mandating that students and staff wear masks in classrooms and school buildings. Some are even threatening to withhold funding from districts that insist on requiring masks inside buildings. Aside from being contrary to the U.S. tradition of local control of schools, it is contrary to science and misguided because it puts at risk...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 19, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A Day To Remember Editor: What a day July 2 was!  Long to be remembered, my 108th year!  I am happy everyone enjoyed it.  Thank you, everybody! A special thank you to all who set it up!  How can I ever forget it?  The police sirens!  The clanging of the fire engines!  The wonderful food! Juliet Bernstein Chatham   Pleasantly Surprised By W. Chatham Editor: Before returning to Chatham in Ma...

Our View: Transparency, Left By The Roadside

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

There’s no doubt that MassDOT suffered a self-inflicted black eye when it denied the public permission to attend Tuesday’s walk-through of the West Chatham Route 28 road reconstruction project. It was more than bad optics, more than the loss of a photo op of local and state officials working together. It was a violation of the public trust, and evidence of the strained relationship between the state agency and th...