Opinion

Our View: Old Harbor Road Property Perfect For Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've been trying to puzzle out why a majority of the Chatham Select Board opposes dedicating town-owned property at 127 Old Harbor Rd. to affordable or attainable housing. The .88-acre property was donated to the town in 1971 by Marion Nickerson Ellis to be used “as additional playground and recreation area for the present site of the school located on the abutting property of the town.” It was to be designated ...

Letters To The Editor: April 29, 2021

By: Alan Pollock

Candidate An Effective Leader Editor: I have been a volunteer at The Family Pantry of Cape Cod for the past 10½ years and have had the opportunity to know and volunteer under Mary Anderson as our executive director. The Pantry always ran seamlessly and efficiently, thanks in great part to Mary’s efforts. What I consider even more important, though, was Mary’s passion for the people we served. Her attitud...

Responding to budget cuts in the mid- to late-1990s, Coast Guard brass decided that Station Chatham would be combined with Station Provincetown under a single command, with a paring-down of resources for the two key stations. On our editorial page, we opined that the move was shortsighted and jeopardized the safety needs of local mariners – and our readers agreed. But we were paid an office visit by the group com...

Letters To The Editor: April 22, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Candidate's Experience Is What Harwich Needs Editor: The Harwich Board of Selectmen deserves to have a capable, independent, problem solver elected to its board.  Mary Anderson is that person. I’ve known and worked with Mary for many years, in her capacity as the executive director of The Family Pantry. The Pantry, under Mary’s watch, has grown into one of the largest, most successful non-profit organizatio...

Our View: Selectman Stephen P. Ford

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Every once in a while someone steps into the local political scene and gives us the sense that this is a person who can accomplish a great deal for the community. Selectman Stephen P. Ford, who passed away April 9, was one of those people. He brought in-depth government knowledge and experience to the position, learning under the tutelage of Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, and Congressman Gerry E. Studds...

Susanna Graham-Pye: Lost And Found

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

“Did you check lost and found?”  When, as I do, you live most of your days alongside middle schoolers, those wonderful, wild people traveling the skittery suspension bridge between child and young adult, you say that phrase – “Did you check lost and found?” – a lot! Did I say “check lost and found?” The length and breadth of the trail left in the wake of 200-plus children is magnificent, filled with all ...

Letters to the Editor, April 15

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Levity When Most Needed Editor: Your April Fool's Day wraparound offered prize-worthy levity at a time starved for such. I do admit that the Disney segment captured my immediate attention, so relevant to current greed obsessions. Fine insight, clever satire, laudable effort. The Cape Cod Comical deserves a gold star. Long life to our local publication. Ursula Corbett Harwich   Way To Retain E...

Letters To The Editor: April 8, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Clarifying Word Choice Editor: I write in the hope that James Coyle might allow himself a deep breath and a review of what he presents as fact. Then-president Trump never banned flights from China. He restricted travel of some non-Americans, but planes from China arrived here every day in the month following his Jan. 31 “travel ban,” and they carried tens of thousands of passengers. Most of these were Ameri...

Our View: Really, Mitch?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

This week, the US Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, came down hard on Major League Baseball and other corporations that have either pulled their business from Georgia in reaction to the state's newly passed voting law or criticized the new restrictions the legislation imposes. He accused businesses of using “economic blackmail” in reaction to the “Outrage-Industrial Complex.” Didn't McConne...

In less than two weeks, most adults will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. There are a lot of people betting that, once they get their shot, life will return to normal. Think for a minute before you lay down that wager. It will be a real triumph when everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one. The speedy development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines is a public health victory the likes of whi...

Letters To The Editor: April 1, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Elementary School Vs. New Senior Center Editor: I know a new senior center has been before the community for a long time, but the recent idea regarding housing it in part of the elementary school building has great merit. Things to consider: cost savings of probably $5 million, location near downtown and the community center and outdoor activities – very important that seniors would be able to be near an...

Our View: The Irony Of Nature

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We have a precarious relationship with nature around here. To be sure, it made Cape Cod what it is today, both literally and figuratively; natural processes shaped the Cape – and continue to do so – and nature is also why most of us are here, either calling the place home or stopping by for a short time. Nature hasn't been kind to us lately, however. Specifically, erosion is once again causing significant chan...