Remove Stop Signs For Climate
There are now some seven billion humans all adding gasses that trap sunlight. There is overwhelming evidence that it is increasing the average temperature. The town can take at least small steps to reduce the increase.
A vehicle uses much more fuel when going up to speed from a stop or from having to slow down. There are a lot of stop signs that could be removed, a particular example is Queen Anne Road leading from the rotary in town, it should have a stop sign and the one on the road that carries over 90 percent of traffic removed. Also where Training Field Road meets Old Queen Anne Road.
The new rotaries by Ocean State are a disgrace. Designed to slow traffic to a maximum, compare them with the rotary in the town center. Also with the maximum number of high curbs to ensure maximum damage to vehicles, is there any other rotary anywhere with such obstacles? They should all go!
Are Leaders Being Misled?
In regards to cancellation of the Fourth of July and extending the mask mandate through the summer, I have to say I think it is incredibly shortsighted. That said, the town is listening to only its health leaders, the employed folks whose job it is to be concerned only about the health of the community. This is the mistake the country has made, too, in my opinion. Towns, states and countries should be making decisions based not only on the opinions of those who live and breathe only health! How about the economy? How about the folks renting shops whose very livelihood they must make in these short summer months. Have they thought about how the Cape is one of the safest destinations and that we are nearly three-quarters vaccinated? We need to stop listening to those whose interest and career surround only health. We need economic leaders to weigh in. Where is the chamber? The merchants? Do they all agree with this insanity?
We are a people founded on risk taking! We used to be able to decide for ourselves what level of risk we take with our personal safety. I believe, in fact, I know that this entire thing has been overblown. Your own paper has been guilty of that. When you wrote a front page article on the third Chatham COVID victim you failed to mention that the victim was in his 80s, had years of multiple organ failure and caught COVID in the Hospital. Those seem like facts that might have altered the fear factor in your audience.
However, it is fear your government seems to want. You see its all about them controlling you. So as you are strolling down main street with that ridiculous mask, tourists will be eating, shopping and walking in all the other towns on Cape without masks. I wonder where I would shop if I were on vacation. I'm sure I would head to the walking village where I must breathe through a mask all day, right? I'm sure the boards are getting facts that support that decision. I'm also sure they are not getting facts that would lead them not to support such a decision.
This has been going on too long, that being paid employees not sharing all the facts with the elected body. Instead they share the facts that will lead leaders to make votes like this one. They often leave out facts that could lead leaders to different conclusions. This should not be tolerated but it is tolerated. That is the way it is today in government. The employed who are paid to give all info to the leadership just gives the facts that support what the leaders want them to do. It's no secret! It should not be tolerated but it remains so in Chatham today.
Select Board Member Has Served Well
Chatham recently received confirmation of its triple-A bond rating and now I ask you to confirm the re-election of Dean Nicastro, a triple-A select board member, able, accessible and authentic. Any observer of select board meetings cannot help but note that Dean is always well prepared, asks good questions and displays a thorough knowledge of the issues. Although you may not agree with every decision Dean makes, he never fails to explain his reasons for doing so and you can be assured that the decision was made thoughtfully and with what he believes is in the best interest of Chatham. Dean is liaison to a number of committees, and although they have had to meet remotely this year he has been readily accessible to them. He works cooperatively, respectfully and effectively with the other board members; indeed, this has been a board that has achieved a great deal in a very difficult pandemic year. Dean has served us well these past six years and I enthusiastically urge you to reelect him so he can continue to do so.