Letters to the Editor, Oct. 21

Letters to the editor.

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 day you can see families sitting on this urine-soaked bench. Come on, selectmen, help us out. It seems as if the only thing these irresponsible dog owners taught their dogs was to urinate on other people's property.

Allan Brooks

Chatham

 

A Short And Sweet So Long

Editor:

A huge thank you to those who purchased ice cream on our last day, Oct. 11. We are able to donate an amazing $3,025.42 to the Angel Fund which assists local children and families. The generosity of this small town is overwhelming. We hope you all have a safe and healthy fall and winter season and look forward to seeing you in spring 2022.

Jan and John Newton

Rebecca and Ian MacBride

Short ‘n’ Sweet

South Chatham

 

Monomoy Booster Club Tournament A Success 

Editor:

The Monomoy Booster Club held its fifth annual golf tournament on Oct. 11, after a year off due to COVID-19. This year's event was held at the Ridge Club in Sandwich and raised funds to directly support Monomoy student athletes through scholarships, special equipment, and training tools. The Booster Club would like to thank the nearly 70 players who participated, the Ridge Club for hosting the tournament, the volunteers who worked hard to put the event together, and the event sponsors: The Cape Cod Chronicle, Cape Cod Five, Chatham Anglers, Freedom Cruise Line, Harwich Mariners, Red Nun, Reeves Fine Homebuilding and Remodeling, Vincent J. Grenier Wealth Management, Puzio Eye Care, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and Derbyfield Kennel. The support of our community is much appreciated!

Terry Deveau, president

Monomoy Booster Club

 

Friends Award Benefits Class

Editor:

The Creative Writing II classes and the creative writing club, Sandscript, at Monomoy Regional High School wishes to thank the Friends Of Chatham Waterways for awarding us the "Barbara Streibert Environmental Education" grant to visit, study, write, and photograph special places in Chatham. Our booklet of poetry, narratives, and photographs will be published in the spring after both our Creative Writing II semester classes have completed the trip.  We couldn't do this without the Friends.  Thank you so much!

Monomoy High Creative Writing II classes and Sandscript

 

Fishing Gear Suggestion

Editor:

Perhaps the trap yard could be moved to the town transfer station?

Betsy Abreu

Chatham

 

Questions About The Vaccine

Editor:

Stop the spread of Covid, get vaccinated!
If I'm vaccinated, can I get Covid? Yes.
Can I spread Covid? Yes.
Can I die from Covid? Yes.
Can I suffer serious side effects? Yes.
Can we have some honesty around this whole issue please?

Warren Nash

Chatham

 

CPC Is Not At Fault

Editor:

Sorry, but it’s the Orleans Select Board who are misreading the community preservation committee (CPC) role in denying the affordable housing project at the Masonic Lodge site. Community preservation is the committee charge and the CPC held the line.
This project crams 14 units into an historic and scenic section of Main Street Orleans which is zoned for only two residential units (without ZBA approval. )
The need for affordable housing is undeniable, but the project as proposed is an ill fit. With nine of the units having only one bedroom, which is on the second floor, they are not suited to either the young (our target for affordable housing) or the elderly. There is no room for guests or caregivers or family expansion.
Increase the number of two- or three-bedroom units to truly address the workforce housing need and take down the studio (one-bedroom) units, decrease the overall density and design an architecturally compatible building which helps maintain the goal of community preservation along with relevant, affordable housing and I’ll bet the CPC will approve the project in a heartbeat. 
Furthermore, for the select board to consider changing the makeup on the CPC board over one vote, is totally uncharacteristic of an otherwise balanced board and is unbecoming.

Marc Norgeot

Orleans

 

Takes Issue With Airport Chairman's Comments

Editor:

At a recent Chatham Airport Commission meeting, Chairman Huntley Harrison was misleading on several counts. In response to a questioner, he denied that the airport proposals included a change from the existing visual (type 2) to an instrument (type 4) approach, which directly contradicts statements in the 5 year plan.

Mr. Harrison presented an advertisement, which was published on page 13 of The Chronicle on Sept. 30 by The Community Speaks. Even with the present eight-acre RPZ over West Chatham, the sign suggested by The Community Speaks, quoting the FAA that such an area is “dangerous to people and property,” with the warning “Enter at your Own Risk” would be appropriate.

The FAA strongly advocates that this area should be empty of homes, stores, gas stations and roads, which is clearly not the case in West Chatham. The much larger 49-acre RPZ also shown in the diagram is derived from the FAA Airport Design Advisories for any approach in less than visual conditions (AC 150/5300-13B Appendix G). He dismissed this as the “proposed 20:1 PART 77 approach surface,” which was actually implemented in 1958. It depends on visibility not on the type of aircraft, as Mr. Harrison claimed. 

In fact, Mr. Harrison’s discussion was entirely about what is applicable currently at the airport and not about landing in inclement weather, which is what is being proposed. He cited the current design aircraft, but not the much larger turboprop planes, that are already almost 10 times more frequent.

Margaret Tompsett

Chatham

The writer is a member of The Community Speaks.

 

Chairman Went Off Topic

Editor:

At the Oct. 13 meeting of the Chatham Airport Commission, Chairman Huntley Harrison went off topic from the agenda to criticize the Sept. 30 Chronicle ad from Community Speaks, “Warning Sign Indicated for West Chatham.” The ad defines the Runway Protection Zones (RPZs) and the fact that the FAA wants the areas at the ends of the runways kept totally empty of people and buildings in case an aircraft under- or over-shoots the runway.

In the past, Chairman Harrison has discouraged (or refused) discussing any topics that are not on the agenda. He gave himself the exception at this meeting. Because this topic was not on the agenda, no one from Community Speaks was able to participate in the discussion. In all fairness, this item should be put on the next airport commission meeting agenda to allow both parties to be part of the discussion.

Community Speaks believes that Chairman Harrison was in error with several of his criticisms and would like the opportunity to set the record straight.

I hope more people will tune in to town meetings, stay informed and let their voices be heard.

Carol Gordon

South Chatham

The writer is a member of The Community Speaks.