Opinion

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...

Letters To The Editor: March 25, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Different Meaning Of Success Editor: In response to Ms. Avellar’s letter opposing a surtax on the “successful” who buy multi-million dollar homes (“Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax,” March 18), I’d argue that funds generated by a surtax would preserve the best of Chatham. My family has roots in Chatham dating back to the 1920s, and while my husband and I plan to retire here, we’re currently practicing fo...

Our View: Toxic Skydiving

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's been nearly a decade since Skydive Cape Cod began offering tandem parachute jumps from Chatham Airport. It took a while – plus a serious landing accident and one of its planes plunging into a pond – and hundreds of jumps before controversy began to stir around the activity. Skydiving had its supporters, but the opponents were vocal, and their concerns about safety and noise – both from the increased number o...

Our View: Beyond The Monomoy Agreement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's important to remember that the Memorandum of Understanding between Chatham and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not solve the core dispute between the two: the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It also does not provide the town and state with authority over shell and fin fish resources in the area beyond the 2031 expiration date of the refuge's comprehensive conservation plan. ...

Letters To The Editor: March 18, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax Editor: Concerning the proposed surtax on properties assessed at $2 million plus: Why do five persons out of a population of approximately 6,000 assume they have the right to punish persons for being successful? Is this what we have come to in Chatham? Money, lots of money, is the override factor in our behavior and practices? How sad! Success – at any level – is ...

Our View: The Aspirational Infrastructure Of Nauset High

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Opponents of the Nauset Regional High School building project aren’t entirely wrong, but that doesn’t make them right. If the four district towns were case studies at the Harvard Business School, grad students could develop abstract scenarios focused on an enterprise reaching beyond its grasp by building infrastructure that exceeds the apparent needs of its local consumer base. But education isn’t a matter of ...

Letters to the Editor, March 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Embers Manager Explains Editor: My name is Scott McMahon. I'm the manager at Ember coal Fire Pizza and Wings. I was working Memorial Day weekend 2020. Hence I know for a fact that the inside bar was closed and the outside bar was strictly used for customers to order takeout. We had arrows that showed customers where to step up to safely do so. The food was rung in and then the customers would wait safely on t...

Our View: Our Pandemic Year

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

On March 10 of last year, Donald Trump told us COVID-19 “will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” Two days later, he repeated those words, presaging his failure to take seriously the most deadly pandemic in a century. How much his administration's reluctance, or inability, to address the situation contributed to the deaths of more than half a million Americans will be judged by history. Today, we look b...

Our View: More Work Needed On 'Mansion Tax'

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The so-called “mansion tax” proposed in Chatham is an innovative way to fund affordable and attainable housing, but it needs much more discussion and refinement before it goes before voters at the annual town meeting set for June 12. A one-half of one percent surcharge on real estate sales of more than $2 million, the fee would provide a steady stream of revenue to complement other sources, including property ...

Letters To The Editor: March 4, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Proud Of The Port/Ember Team Editor: In response to your article on The Port and Ember (“Selectmen To Conduct Hearings On Port And Ember Liquor Licenses,” Feb. 18), I would like to give a first hand account of how we responded to COVID rules and regulations this year. I have worked at The Port/Ember for the past 10 years, and both restaurants operate as a family. We care about one another and work hard y...

John Whelan: Here Comes The Sun

By: John Whelan

“Little darling, I feel the ice is finally melting Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right”  During the 10-plus years I hosted an oldies rock and roll radio program on WOMR-FM, I never played a Beatles song. My friends know that somehow the great music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney never excited me. It sounds incongruous that...