Opinion

Our View: Support Our Seniors

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It’s not lost on us that, exactly a year after Massachusetts recorded its first case of COVID-19, we’re already making a vaccine available to members of the public. That’s a truly remarkable achievement, and in that light, it’s reasonable for public health officials to ask us to be patient as vaccine production and distribution are ramped up. Still, our patience is running thin. It’s well known that, demogr...

Our View: Benjamin K. Goodspeed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

He was one of the last of the old Chathamites, witness to and participant in the town's 20 th century growth from a sleepy fishing village into a vibrant summer resort community. Last week we said goodbye to Benjamin K. Goodspeed, whose mild manner and good cheer permeated almost every aspect of Chatham life. There aren't many left who remember Chatham in the Great Depression and World War II, or who actually...

Letters To The Editor, Feb. 4, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A 'Right Size' Nauset High Needed Editor: The Nauset Regional School Committee (NRSC) continues to mislead voters on the factors that are driving up the cost of the proposed high school reconstruction. The NRSC told the Brewster Finance Committee that the 290 School Choice pupils at Nauset in FY 2020 did not cost Nauset taxpayers anything. This is false and insults our intelligence. Nauset received less ...

Our View: Go Bold With Housing

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The figures are, frankly, astounding. The number of single-family homes in Chatham sold during 2020 increased 53.5 percent over 2019, with the median sales price rising to more than $860,000. Orleans saw an 86.8 percent increase, with a median sale price of $827,000. Sales were lower in Harwich, increasing 10 percent, which in most years would be a respectable level. COVID-19 helped drive record-setting real e...

Our View: Doing Your Part

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The elderly man on crutches moved slowly across the Friends’ Marketplace parking lot, pushing a shopping cart of groceries. You would think that, after loading up his car, he would have left the cart for an employee to retrieve. Not this bent-over but purpose-filled citizen, who retraced every difficult step back to the cart corral alongside the store, then back again to his car. At a time when some may be won...

Letters To The Editor: Jan. 28, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

West Chatham Runway Is Unsafe Editor: What a mess we have been left with in West Chatham. It is unconscionable for town officials and MassDOT to leave the roadway between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road in such an unsafe condition. Instead of cleaning it up and making it safe in December, there was a push to rush the job, and then MassDOT retreated, leaving behind an unsafe area that is causing a great...

Our View: Save The Boathouse

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Too often in the past, Chatham has passed up opportunities to preserve its past. The most notable instance is the passing up of the offer to acquire the CG36500, the motor lifeboat piloted by Bernie Webber and his crew to rescue 32 men from the sinking tanker Pendleton on Feb. 18, 1952. Fortunately, the Orleans Historical Society (now the Centers for Culture and History in Orleans) stepped in and saved the vessel...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A Win-Win Compromise Editor: In West Chatham, runway protection zones (RPZs)/safety-zones at both ends of the runway contain multiple homes, stores, offices and roads, which are declared by the FAA as “unacceptable, incompatible land uses” and unsafe. Where this occurs, the FAA AC150/5300-13A §322 recommends moving the RPZs away from the unacceptable land uses. This then requires planes to land further alon...

Our View: Words Matter

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We’ll admit it. We were, at first, a little hesitant at the prospect of erasing the word “selectmen” from our lexicon when it comes to Chatham town government. That’s because we’re proud of the heritage behind our local government, largely unchanged since colonial times. Decade after decade, selectmen have made the decisions that have helped shape Chatham, setting local policies and responding to local emergencie...

Our View: No Time To Remain Silent

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Whenever we editorialize about national politics, we are criticized, unfailingly, by those who feel we should keep our comments local, as well as others who simply call us “fake news.” But after the events in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday, we can't be silent; indeed, no American should be. We won't rehash the incident that turned from a protest to a mob to an insurrection. The scenes of people in MAGA hats c...

Donna Tavano: Happy Bubble Wrap Month

By: Donna Tavano

The Elf on the Shelf has returned to wherever imaginary illusions retire for another year, and we are getting a crack at a do-over (differently) in 2021. His departure leaves a void, as his dust-bathing in the flour bin and fan- spinning adventures briefly distracted us from the daunting concerns of the day. The New Year’s baby cannot get us out of this muck, he’s just a kid! As January yawns its dreary winter be...

Letters To The Editor, Jan. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Proposals Turn Back Clock At Airport Editor: Starting in 1950, decisions – consciously or unconsciously – were made and re-made in Chatham to effectively prohibit the airport’s (CQX) growth – physical expansion as well as expansion of aircraft use. Those decisions manifested themselves by land use authorities’ allowing considerable residential development in “runway protection zones” established by law and ...