Opinion

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 28, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Help Stop Teen Vaping Editor: The start of the school year and new routines brings new worries about teen vaping. These concerns are important, especially now, because smoking and vaping may put people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. One in three Massachusetts teens vape, and talking with young people about the dangers of vaping can make a difference. Learn more and watch videos at GetOutr...

Our View: The Fall Specials

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Upcoming special town meetings in Chatham (Saturday, with a Sunday rain date) and Orleans (Monday) deal with issues of significance to each community. In Chatham, upgrading the town's municipal drinking water wells is the focus of two of the three warrant articles (the third is a housekeeping measure). Funds from water revenues are being sought to complete and bring online two wells to bolster the town's water...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Bench Disrespectful Dog Owners Editor: Each morning as I set in front of Chatham Cookware on Main Street I watch a constant parade of people who bring their dogs to urinate in the doorways of store, on post and signs, and the most objectionable of all, when they urinate on the bench between the little chamber of commerce building and Yankee Ingenuity. It is a favorite of many. If you come by later in the da...

Letters to the Editor Oct. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Stop Unwanted Airport Development Editor: The roadway project in West Chatham has been an outstanding success, benefiting everyone, calming traffic and easing those hair-raising intersections. Unknown to many people another danger lurks, brought home by that plane accident in Provincetown recently. The center of West Chatham Village is designated as a so-called "Runway Protection Zone" (RPZ) The FAA demands...

Our View: A Vaccination Mandate

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Mandates have been shown to increase the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations. Federal workers, staff in healthcare facilities and Massachusetts State Police are all under mandates to get the shot. Many private employers have also mandated vaccines for their workers, including airlines. Courts have thus far upheld vaccine mandates, even over union objections, as was the case with the Massachusetts State Police. Given...

Our View: Time To Retool Festival

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Sometimes it takes a threat of dire consequences to snap people out of complacency and provide the motivation for action. That, in our view, seems to have been behind Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival Chairman Ed McManus' recent comment that the popular festival would have to end its long run without a new infusion of volunteers. To be clear, it was not an empty threat; this fall's Beach Day event had to ...

Our View: The Facebook Dilemma

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Facebook has dominated the news the past few weeks, following a whistleblower's revelations, via a series of stories in the Wall Street Journal and more recently in television news interviews, that the social network is aware of the harm the platform causes and deliberately pushes posts that promote misinformation and division. Frances Haugen was scheduled to testify before Congress Tuesday in hearings that are l...

Letters To The Editor: Oct. 7, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

What Happened To Colonial Ordinances? Editor: This: Thanks for the art history lesson. When I first saw the Sept. 9 Shark Cove my reaction was "that's a Mondrian trout, who's this De Stijl character?" Thanks to Google I now know that De Stijl (the style in Dutch) was Mondrian's art movement. That: Whatever happened to the Colonial Ordinances of 1641-47 where the Massachusetts Bay Colony conveyed most, but ...

Writer's Block: How's The Paper Doing?

By: Tim Wood

“How's the paper doing?” That's one of the most frequent questions I'm asked, and I know other members of The Chronicle staff hear it often as well. It came up quite a bit in the past year thanks to two things: COVID and increasing publicity about the loss of local newspapers and news coverage nationwide. The short answer is that the paper is doing just fine, thanks. We were certainly nervous in March 20...

Our View: Saving Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It doesn’t seem to make sense, people being evicted from cottages where working folks have lived for years so that the town can assume ownership of property that is going to be developed into affordable housing. That’s what’s happening in West Chatham, but of course the situation is more complex than it appears. Three residents may lose housing on the Buckley property, which town meeting voted to buy for affor...

Letters To The Editor: Sept. 30, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Find Different Fire Station Site Editor: The other day, I was standing at the front door of my home on a beautiful sunny day looking across Eldredge Park Way at the skateboard park and further into the beautiful green ball fields. I was feeling very fortunate to have been living here in Orleans for over 20 years surrounded by an emerald in the heart of Orleans. Suddenly, it was shattered when I realized ...

Our View: A Crisis In Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

In rebuffing the Orleans Select Board's request that it bond $1 million for the 107 Main St. housing development, the community preservation committee has its priorities wrong. The move could also endanger the project or increase its cost to taxpayers. The Housing Assistance Corporation, the only respondent to the town's request for proposals to develop the former Masonic Lodge property into affordable housing...