Letters To The Editor: Nov. 12, 2020

Letter to the Editor

Drive-Through Was All Treats


The Harwich Community Center trick-or-treat Halloween drive-through would not be possible without donations from our generous sponsors:

Ann and Arthur Steidel, Break Time Vending Co., Brenda Weeks Travel, The Cape Cod Chronicle, Christmas Tree Shop, CVS East Harwich, CVS Harwich Port, Main St. 6 Post Office Square, Dairy Queen, Dr. Gary Campagna, Pleasant Lake Avenue Dunkin Donuts, Harwich Port Dunkin Donuts, Route 137 Dunkin Donuts, East Harwich Market, H&R Block, Hart Farm, Harwich Garden Club, Harwich Fire Department, Harwich Police Department, Karl’s Boat Shop, Inc., Lucy's Cookies, Nauset Disposal, Peterson's Market, Richard Waystack, Ring Brothers, RPM Carpets and Floor Coverings, Shaws/STAR in Harwich, Staples, East Harwich Stop & Shop, TD Bank, and Walgreens.

Thank you for all of your support! And thank you to everyone in the community who donated candy this year! This event would not have been possible without all of your help!

Carolyn Carey
Harwich Community Center

Bon Voyage To Jan And Ian


The article on Jan and Ian’s “A Different Kind of Gap Year” was one of the most interesting ones I have read in The Chronicle and all other publications in some time, and it also was the first one I can remember where I went immediately to the “Continued on Page” to finish the article.  I send kudos to Jan and Ian for their efforts so far with rebuilding the Micron and making it seaworthy for their upcoming sailing adventure to Miami and then the Caribbean.  I wish them all the very best with a safe and wonderful “gap year,” and I imagine Jan’s documentary will be something to watch.  Besides the YouTube updates, I hope that there can also be updates in The Chronicle.  Bon Voyage, Jan and Ian.

Steve Clouther

Community's Generosity Shines Through


The Monomoy High School Class of 2024 would like to reach out to the Monomoy community and express our gratitude for your support regarding our fundraising efforts on the Halloween drive-through. Thanks to all of the contributors, attendees, and volunteers the event was a great success.

We appreciate the generosity of our community. We are so grateful for everyone who donated. This would not have been possible without you.

Monomoy Regional High School
Class 2024

A Good Time To Sail


We were thrilled to read the story “A Different Kind of Gap Year.” What a brilliant way to take a break from school at a time when the college experience isn’t! Their trip sounds very exciting. We wish them fair winds and following seas.

Noreen Powell
Chatham and Savannah

Airport Com Not Acting In Good Faith


I am sure that Mr. Fessenden is a nice guy, but like other pilots, he shares their lack of consideration for the residents of West Chatham and shows an ignorance of FAA airport design for safe airports. For the record, the town signs FAA agreements that as “owner and sponsor of the airport, it shall not give up its rights, powers and authority to own and operate the airport.” Those economic numbers for Chatham Airport are misleading. They appeared in a brochure apparently designed to enhance state funding for MassDOT, using undisclosed data and a stated multiplier of 3.

Neither the airport commission (AC) principals nor the AC have acted in good faith. They have approved plans without public participation and disregarded FAA directives to engage the community. The first plan required 30:1 approach surfaces, which did not even clear houses at the top of Great Hill, and required 40-plus objectionable avigation easements at great cost to the homeowners and their property values.

The latest plan proposes the same approach guidance but stripped of all the FAA requirements for safety. Chatham has a 3,000-foot runway but the FAA says in AC150/5300-13A that “The runway must be at least 3,200 feet.” This plan still requires avigation easements, and removal of eight acres of trees and the bike path on the far side of the airport. There are already homes, stores and a state highway designated by the FAA as “unacceptable” in zones required at the ends of the runway to protect people. Most concerning is the fact that approaches in poor visibility are recognized by the FAA as more dangerous than visual approaches, and accordingly the areas of these zones would be increased to include more homes.

The plan would obviously encourage more five-ton noisy charter turbojets. The plan allows approaches in poor weather to 250 feet above the runway before the pilot needs to see the runway, putting planes at approximately 100 feet above the houses on Great Hill. The plan includes straight-in, which is regarded by airline association pilots as dangerous, where there is no control tower. The AC has approved a 10,000-gallon jet-fuel tank, and further the airport manager was given a concession for turbojet charters. Chatham Airport is also a member of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which allows scheduled service for 2,500 boardings a year. The cost of the proposed plan would just be a down payment leading to spending $15 to $20 million, including a $5 million terminal building.

The airport is constrained by a short runway, Great Hill, and residential development with “unacceptable” populated safety zones. Safer bad weather landings can continue to be made at nearby Barnstable Airport. The goals of the airport commission’s plans seem to be not to preserve the airport, but to develop it for increased commercial traffic, change the character of Chatham, decrease residential property values and decrease safety, for the benefit of a few.

Michael Tompsett