Letters to the Editor, June 9

Letters to the editor.

Help Celebrate Juliet's Life

Editor:

For 50 years, starting with her retirement to Chatham with her husband Selig in 1971, Juliet R. Bernstein was an outspoken advocate on Cape Cod for peace, social justice, women’s rights, and many other issues. She was sometimes called the conscience of Chatham.
Juliet died on Nov. 18 at age 108. Due to the kindness and support, through a GoFundMe campaign, of people in Chatham and all over the country, Juliet’s wish to stay in her home until her final breath came true.
Juliet’s family will be holding a Community Celebration of her life on Sunday, June 12,  starting at 2 p.m., at the Chatham VFW Hall on George Ryder Road. We invite all of her friends and admirers to join us. If you cannot make it in person, it will be streamed.
I asked Mom (Juliet) whom she wanted to speak at her service. She replied that she wanted no planned speakers. “Anyone who wants can get up and speak – like the Quakers do,” she said. And so we invite the community to take part.
Juliet’s voice has been stilled, but the issues she spoke and wrote about have become more urgent than ever: ending war, gun violence, combating racism. I think of reproductive rights in particular. She was strongly pro-choice. In reviewing her letters to The Chronicle, I found some on reproductive choice going back to the 1970s. And she repeatedly warned that the danger of overturning Roe was very real. It is our hope that many on Cape Cod will take up her banners and continue to speak out on these and other important issues.
Whether you wish to share personal remembrances or make a statement on issues, we hope you come on June 12 to honor and remember Juliet R. Bernstein of Chatham.
In order to plan seating and refreshments, we ask that people pre-register. (But please come even if you didn’t pre-register.) Registration for both in-person and streaming is on Eventbrite: search under “Juliet Bernstein.” Or you can call Juliet’s daughter, Ellen Murray, at 650-938-3720.

Bruce E. Bernstein

Queens, N.Y.

Grateful To Call Chatham Home

Editor:

Today renewed my faith in my Chatham neighbors, after hearing such sad news around the country. A young woman came to my front door who had seen a puppy running across Route 28 and almost get hit. She put the dog in her car and was going door to door to find the owner.

In the meantime my husband had to be transported to the hospital this morning. Police and ambulance arrived and did a wonderful job taking care of my husband. Shortly after that a policemen who had been present earlier came back checking to see if the lost puppy was our dog as he noticed we had a dog.
The kindness of the people in our community is amazing and we are grateful to call Chatham home.

John and Barbara Natarelli

Chatham

 

Remembering The Fallen

Editor:

On Memorial Day, I was honored to host Harwich’s ceremony and then be a guest speaker at Brewster’s ceremony. Both towns had a tremendous turnout and provided truly touching events. These can’t happen without significant coordination and participation. I’d like to thank our Veterans Service Officer, Shawney Carroll. Thank you to Harwich Selectman Don Howell. Thank you Antigone London. Thank you Conductor Tom Jahnke and the Harwich Town Band. Thank you to our scouts and scout leaders. Thank you to Father Mark Tremblay. Thank you to Rose Richards and the Monomoy HS a capella group. Thank you to Morgan Crowe for playing “Taps” so beautifully. And thank you, Captain Joe Thacher, for his service and excellent speech. Thank you to Conor Kenny and Lieutenant Charles Mawn for inviting me to Brewster and putting on such a beautiful ceremony. Finally, thank you to our friends, family, and neighbors that attended and took the time to remember our fallen heroes. It takes a village, as they say, and I’m so truly proud of mine.

Jeremy Armstrong

Harwich

 

The Rest Of The Story

Editor:

Recently it was announced that the Diocese of Fall River had agreed to sell 5.26 acres of land on Meetinghouse Road to the town of Chatham to be used for the construction of affordable housing.  

This just didn’t happen by itself. For months, the finance council and pastor of Holy Redeemer Church have been working “behind the scenes” to make this sale possible. Their efforts included a written recommendation to the Bishop of Fall River that the land be initially offered to the town with the restriction that it be used solely for affordable housing purposes.   

In light of the current real estate boom on Cape Cod, I think we all can agree that the Diocese’s willingness to sell the property to the town of Chatham for $525,000 was at a price significantly less than what they might have received on the open market from a developer.

This humanitarian philosophy is a fine example of placing the needs of the community over money. We owe a vote of thanks to our fellow neighbors who form the leadership of Holy Redeemer Church, including pastor Reverend John Sullivan and finance council members Mildred Hastbacka, David Holden, Joe Mador, Bob Oliver and Richard Wright. 

David H. Doherty

Chatham


Wholehearted Support For Affordable Housing

Editor:

At the Governor Prence Planning Committee meeting at Orleans Town Hall on Monday, May 23, advocates for converting the former hotel to affordable housing were out in full force, among them owners of the town’s cornerstone businesses – Brian Junkins of Friends’ Marketplace, Perry Sparrow from the Hot Chocolate Sparrow, John Murphy, Jr. from Land Ho!, and Sean DeLude, formerly of Nauset Disposal. 

Without exception, all agreed attainable and affordable housing was a critical need in Orleans, with many connecting the dots between the lack of housing and the lack of available staff.

“Being open is the most important thing by far,” Sparrow said during an exchange about local restaurants forced to scale back hours due to the employee shortage.

John Murphy, Jr. agreed, noting that Land Ho! had to do what he called the “unthinkable” – close their doors two days a week. 

Meanwhile, a former J1 student turned Santander Bank Orleans branch manager – Demi Atanasova – related her recent struggle to find housing in Orleans and fear she might have had to leave the Cape. Luckily, something came through at the last minute and she was able to stay.

These stories and many more out there illustrate the dire need for affordable housing in Orleans. The idea that talent like Atanasova and others like her – including young families – would leave the area is, in a word, unacceptable.

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce fully supports the effort to turn the former Governor Prence into affordable housing.

Lisa Simundson, executive director

Orleans Chamber of Commerce

 

It's All In The View

Editor:

An article in The Chronicle about fishing gear storage that was debated by the select board brings up an interesting question. Why are fishermen going to be asked to pay $1,000 annual rent for a tiny piece of land when select board member Davis' family member has a lease for about an acre of town land at the end of Harding's Beach for which she pays $100? What makes it worse is that Davis cavalierly stated that the other fishermen can afford it! Obviously she doesn't understand how difficult it is for fishermen now. Maybe they need to pay more for gear storage than her daughter because they'll have such a nice view of the sewerage plant!

Peter Taylor

Chatham