Opinion

Our View: In West Chatham Debate, Beware Of Creeping Politics

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A recent airing of the planning board’s draft zoning proposal for Route 28 in West Chatham focuses on improving the streetscape. It’s about controlling the size and location of buildings, making the area more attractive to pedestrians, and creating opportunities for affordable housing. It’s not about the airport. Encouraging aircraft safety is a town-wide concern, and it’s one being addressed by the newly u...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 23, 2021

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An Existential Threat To Chatham Editor: OK, I understand why Chatham changed the name of the town’s governing body from the sexist “board of selectmen” to the “select board.” After all, the gender of the members of the board is totally irrelevant to their jobs. But why on earth was the name changed to the “select board?” That sounds awfully “elitist” to me. “Well, ‘we are among the select,’ and you are ...

Our View: Senior Center Not Appropriate For Community Center

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Two decades ago, after the selectmen decided the former Main Street School would be repurposed as a community center, the idea of incorporating a senior center into the project was debated and, ultimately, rejected. Among those opposed were members of the council on aging board, who wanted seniors to have their own, separate facility. During the past several years, the idea of incorporating a senior center int...

Letters To The Editor: Dec.16, 2021

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Pleased With Positive Letters Editor: Since discovering Chatham on our first trip to the cape 1980, our family has spent two to three weeks there every year. I'm a longtime subscriber and look forward to receiving The Chronicle each week. It is everything a newspaper should be and more! I am writing to remark on the wonderful letters on the letters page in the Dec. 2 edition. Every letter is so well writ...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 9, 2021

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Reconsider Eldredge Property Uses Editor: Chatham spent $2.8 million on the Eldredge Garage property several years ago and is now proposing to spend another $1.5 million to create a parking lot and rehab a 600-square-foot gas station building to make it into bathrooms and a history room. The uses proposed do not qualify for consideration in my opinion. There is no need for public parking at that site as ...

Our View: The Community School

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

One of the factors often cited for the dearth of young families choosing to make the region their home is the lack of jobs that pay enough to match the high cost of living, especially housing. There are a lot of job openings around these parts right now, but most of those we see are in the food or retail business. There are many other businesses, however, that need help and are willing to pay closer to a living w...

Our View: Come Together For The Holidays, Carefully

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Forget the sugar plums. All year long, we’ve had visions of holiday gatherings dancing in our heads. Coming together in stores, restaurants and living rooms, without masks or other pandemic-related worries. At the risk of sounding Grinch-y, we’re not quite there yet. At just about the time many of us were tucking in for Thanksgiving dinner, news broke about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Travel restrictio...

Our View: The Importance Of Process

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Much is made about process in town government. Process offers a way of keeping order and ensuring that targeted goals and objectives are met, and it provides a way for stakeholders to easily buy into those objectives. Every once in a while, however, we see examples of what can happen when that process errs. In Orleans, a concept to possibly site a new fire station on Nauset Regional Middle School land was brou...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 2, 2021

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A Collaborative Approach To Clean Energy Editor: As an Orleans native, I have followed current news on wind projects on Cape Cod with interest. I have noticed the complaints against these projects center around two primary arguments: the lack of visual appeal of the turbines and the navigational hazards they create. While these arguments have degrees of merit, there is nothing to say that we cannot address ...

Our View: Juliet Bernstein

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Over the half century that Juliet Bernstein called Chatham home, she created a legacy that few can match. An activist most of her adult life, she came to town with no plans to make waves, but in many ways she couldn't help herself, and where she saw discrimination and injustice, she spoke out. Mrs. Bernstein, who died last week at 108, left the community a better place. Her many accomplishments have been detai...

Our View: Support ‘Helping Neighbors’

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It’s the time of year for taking stock of blessings, and we have plenty at The Chronicle. We’re thankful for our hardworking staff, for our stalwart advertisers – and for you, our family of readers. At a time when other Cape hometown papers are being closed down by their corporate owners, we’re thankful to be independently owned and going strong. And as a community we’re grateful to be slowly emerging from the pa...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 25, 2021

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Response To Airport Critic Editor: There is an amendment to the town’s charter before the charter review committee concerning the makeup and responsibilities of the Chatham Airport Commission. The proposer, David Bixby, claims this amendment is “For the town and airport commission to comply with federal and state laws and regulations and the town charter.” This statement, the core of the reasoning for the a...