Opinion

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...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 12, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Addressing Housing Crisis Is Paramount Editor: When Rome burns, we mustn't fiddle. Our housing crisis is worse now than before the pandemic. Town leaders in Orleans need to act now. I am concerned that Orleans officials are proposing a three-year process to determine what to build on the Governor Prence property, since this site has been through two extensive potential use studies including input from hundr...

Our View: A Much-needed Upgrade

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Improvements to Kate Gould Park proposed by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association are long overdue. Given its key location in the middle of the downtown business district, the park should represent Chatham putting its best foot forward. But it doesn't. The Main Street entrance is, while not quite shabby, somewhat less than pleasing. The first thing that greets visitors is trash receptacles....

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 5, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Wastewater Funding Decisions Editor: The Harwich wastewater sewer construction project could cost close to a billion dollars over the 40-year life of the project, when inflation and spiraling construction costs are taken into account.  After years of discussion, isn't now the time to decide on a governing document and whether to join with Dennis and Yarmouth, or go it alone to build Harwich’s own treatme...

Our View: Too Popular?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Popularity can ruin a place, especially one that's environmentally sensitive. We've seen that happen at some national parks. Is Cape Cod in danger of it happening here? Some residents who live near conservation areas, trails and town landings in Orleans suspect that they are the “canaries in a coal mine” when it comes to overcrowding. One resident counted an astonishing 12,000 people crossing private property ...

Letters to the Editor, July 29

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

It's A Balancing Act Editor: Summer is here and tourists have returned. Once again local residents are abuzz with complaints – not without reason – about the seasonal visitors. After all, they lengthen lines, increase traffic, and worse. Still, I would make a point in their favor: No tourist has ever called me "washashore." Joseph Auciello South Chatham   Neighbors Not So Neighborly Editor: Wh...

Our View: A Worthwhile Subsidy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Several Cape towns now provide subsidies to families to cover the cost of preschool. For many parents, this is a major expense, running thousands of dollars a year. And it's a necessary one, since more often than not, both parents must work in order to meet the region's high cost of living. Last week, the Orleans School Committee heard details of Eastham's Family Support Program, which covers preschool costs f...

Writer's Block: My Music

By: Tim Wood

Back in September, after most of The Chronicle's staff had been working at home for several months and we had no idea when we'd be going back to the office, I decided, to help pass the time toiling away in my basement office, that I would listen to all of the songs in my digital music library. From start to finish. And so, beginning with “A Gospel” by the Style Council at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, I began listeni...

John Whelan: Home On The Range

By: John Whelan

“Home, home on the range Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a discouraging word And the skies are not cloudy all day.”   “Home on the Range” is an old and popular cowboy song. The lyrics were written by Dr. Brewster Higley of Smith County, Kansas in about 1872, and have been altered somewhat over the years. A friend of Higley’s, Daniel Kelley, wrote the music and the song be...