Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 31

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Applaud Ban On Nip Bottles Editor: I think the last thing that folks want, who drink and drive, is to be caught driving impaired with an open container in their car. Nips provide a convenient way for so many drivers to avoid that. I applaud those communities on the Cape who recognize that and have instituted a ban on the sale of nips. Let's hope Harwich joins them. Karen Goggins  East Harwich   ...

You Guest It: A Promise Made Is A Promise Kept

By: Bill Bystrom

Anyone who has lived in Chatham for more than 10 years will remember the heated controversy surrounding the merging of the Chatham and Harwich school districts, which narrowly passed in Chatham. This wasn’t the first time the concept of regionalization was proposed, but at the time Chatham was faced with serious declining enrollment, and Harwich was in need of a new high school facility estimated to cost $40 m...

Our View: Doors

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The holidays are a time of transition, as families gather to celebrate and appreciate each other and the changes that have taken place in the past year. This year, the transitions are especially significant. It's not likely you can find anyone who hasn't had a major change in their life during the past year. Routines were upended, jobs were shifted – or, unfortunately for many, lost – schooling altered, and...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 24, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Turkey Trot Thanks Editor: Because of you, the first virtual Turkey Trot was a huge success. Even though the day was damp, we had many runners and walkers out on Thanksgiving morning. We thank all of you who sponsored us at a time when there are so many people who have been affected by the covid virus. This has been a strange year and we certainly appreciate the loving kindness our community has sha...

Andrew Buckley: Treading Water

By: Andrew Buckley

“ And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again.” – Captain Quint, “Jaws” It was warm again this past Friday. The trend of milder winters seemed to be carrying through for a third straight year. Perhaps that was too early a call, it not yet being on the other side of the winte...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 17

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Lauds Contributions Of Chronicle's Szmit Editor: On behalf of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, I extend my deepest gratitude for the extraordinary work done by Kat Szmit in her role as a sports reporter for The Cape Cod Chronicle.  Kat has been a beacon of light in our community, always seen on the sidelines at our sporting events – taking photos, following the games, keeping up with stats, intervi...

Our View: Give Locally

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As the holidays draw closer, we encourage readers to consider giving to local organizations combating the fallout of the pandemic. Many of our neighbors are looking at grim winters as restaurants close, shops curtail hours and services such as landscaping cut back as the temperatures plunge. With vaccines being rolled out with all speed, the future is beginning to look a bit brighter, but as they saying goes, it'...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 10, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Orleans Charter Com Needs Input Editor: How well is Orleans town government working for you? Do you have any ideas to improve it? This is your opportunity to share those ideas and tell us what you think. Orleans has a home rule charter, a framework for its governance. Once every seven years a charter review committee (CRC) is appointed by the select board “to review the provisions of the charter and repo...

Our View: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The pages of this week’s paper are filled with distressing news about the pandemic. We’re in the midst of what public health officials call a “surge upon a surge,” with new cases spread at Thanksgiving gatherings being added to the seasonal surge associated with the onset of cold weather. But at long last, after months of bleak uncertainty, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are being rushed t...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 3, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Rein In Airport Commission Editor: The Chatham Airport Commission has submitted a proposed plan to the FAA which apparently has not been publicly posted, presented or approved. Gale Associates say that the five-year plan requires 22 easements. However, the Airport Layout Plan (ALP), a definitive document, includes the original 46 avigation easements and a ruinous 40:1 surface for instrument departures, whic...

Our View: Chatham Elementary School's Future

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The future of Chatham Elementary School requires extensive discussion and some deep soul searching on the part of residents, town and school officials. Nothing should be off the table; the future of the Monomoy Regional School District is at stake. Enrollment in the lower grades in the Monomoy district has been declining for several years, with Chatham Elementary leading the way. This year there is a single ki...

Our View: Thanks, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Given COVID-19, the economic crisis and a nation deeply divided on issues of race, politics and climate change, how would you rate the year 2020? Survey says? Dumpster fire. But today, we focus on reasons to be thankful – and there are many. Social isolation has forced us to think about what’s important in our lives: our friends and loved ones, our coworkers, and our health. By depriving us of much, the pan...