Opinion

Our View: Add Health Club To Senior Center Study

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If the Chatham Select Board does not fold the former Chatham Health and Swim Club into an ongoing feasibility study of potential senior center locations, officials risk once again losing a town meeting vote on a new facility to serve the town's growing senior population. There's significant interest in the community in at least investigating how the health club – closed since the pandemic began and on the mark...

Letters To The Editor: March 10, 2022

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Pass Up Opportunity Editor: The former Chatham Health Club building, with its pool, is a wonderful resource for townspeople of all ages. We should try to save it. Babies to seniors would benefit and everyone in between. It would keep us moving, walking, and exercising. It lowers stress and improves well-being. We have lost the pool at Broad Reach and we miss it. This is an opportunity, but it is go...

Our View: 7,000 Miles Away

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Despite the importance of the local news we cover, it's been difficult to focus this week given what's going on half a world away. Although Ukraine is more than 7,000 miles from Cape Cod, today's ever-present media, both mainstream and social, make the war there as immediate as a blizzard in our backyard. Photos of Russian tanks lining highways leading to Kyiv are chilling. The scenery is familiar; it could be...

Letters To The Editor: March 3, 2022

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Time For Unique Thinking Editor: As the Chatham COA was so focused on a new building, they did not notice that many seniors were filling their active lives with activities/programs without ever entering the COA building. Chatham seniors recognize themselves as part of a community, a feeling of fellowship with others sharing common interests. The Chatham Health Club could bring "health" benefits to all. G...

Letters To The Editor: Feb. 24, 2022

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Boat Deserves A Mooring Editor: The Atlantic Workshop boat saga reminds me of a story about my dad. Willard Salter lived 30 years in Orleans and among his volunteer jobs he was a selectman, which he found a thankless position. Near the end of his job stint, a citizen complained that a “For Sale” sign on his beetle cat in the front yard violated sign bylaws. My dad, in his characteristic wit, wrote a lette...

Our View: Freedom To Read

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

There are many things about Massachusetts to find fault with, but one thing we really appreciate about living here is that we don't usually have to deal with narrow-minded efforts to ban books – at least, not locally. The same can't be said for Tennessee – where a school district took Art Speigleman's Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” off the shelves because of panels showing naked cartoon mice – or Tex...

Our View: Not An Image Problem

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

At a recent meeting with the Chatham Select Board, Airport Commission Chair Huntley Harrison said he feels the commission isn’t succeeding in promoting the positive work being done on behalf of the airport, as evidenced by the steady barrage of negative letters published in The Chronicle. First, we feel his pain. The letters from airport critics generally come from the same small group of authors, and sometime...

Guest Editorial: Getting The Chatham Bar Rescue Equation Right

By: USCG (Ret.) Captain W. Russell Webster

The town of Chatham and the Coast Guard have been at odds since the Coast Guard downgraded Station Chatham’s surf station designation and discontinued using two 42-foot nearshore surf boats on Jan. 5. Why the change? The Coast Guard’s own data revealed that surf conditions didn’t meet the criteria for Station Chatham to remain specially-designated as it had been for decades. In the meantime, two 45-foot respon...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Celebrates Women For Real Editor: Really! Women deserved much more than a “virtual” parade to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s rights in 2020. Granted, the COVID pandemic was the reason that the parade was canceled, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rectify the misfortune. I’m sure there were some fantastic ideas floated (pardon the pun) for honoring the greatness of women, past, present, and...

Another Opportunity, Courtesy Of HCT

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The tension between keeping land open and natural and using what little remains available to help ameliorate the regional housing crisis played out – and is still playing out – last year when Chatham officials tried to designate a portion of town-owned open space off Middle Road for housing. That request was defeated after open space advocates mounted a spirited defense of the plants and critters that call the ar...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Grateful For Tobin's Guidance Editor: We want to give a special thanks to Dan Tobin for his support as we formed the Chatham Windmill Group in 2010 to restore the Godfrey Windmill in Chase Park. This made the mill available once again to be visited and enjoyed by the public. Even though this added another area of responsibility to his work for the town, his guidance helped make this possible through at...

Our View: Deconstructing Blizzard Response

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham seems to have borne the brunt of the last weekend's blizzard, despite lower snowfall totals than many areas to the west. Almost the entire town from Morton Road east lost power, a full 89 percent of Eversource customers. Plunging temperatures turned the early wet snow into ice under the more powdery stuff that fell during most of Saturday, weighing down trees and wires and creating challenges in clearing ...