Opinion

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 25, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

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...

You Guest It: As I Lay Dying

By: Juliet Bernstein

Editor's note: Over the years, we've published many, many letters from Juliet Bernstein. Always outspoken and opinionated, in many ways she has been the conscience of the community, or at least a certain segment of the community. At 108, she is the town's oldest resident. Last week, she dictated the following to her son Bruce, showing she still has wisdom to impart. In sending this to us, her son said that it ...

Our View: A Process Failure

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When a chairperson of a committee steps down in the middle of a term, the committee typically thanks them for their service and elects a new chair. That didn't happen when Nancy Scott announced she was stepping down as chair of the Monomoy Regional School Committee on Sept. 23. Instead, she simply stated, with no justification other than the move was agreed upon by herself and the superintendent, that at the next...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Resist Airport Changes Editor: I hope that Chatham residents as well as select board and charter review committee members take the time to view the airport commission meeting of Nov. 10. Viewers would gain insight into how the commission treats any citizen who questions their authority or disagrees with them. The commission’s refusal to consider public concerns is why the proposed charter amendment to ha...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 11, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Theater Artist Program An Opportunity Editor: I was a recent participant in the Chatham Orpheum Theater's Local Artist Series. I want to thank Kevin McLain and staff for the support the organization provides. The theater is a gem of Chatham and the Cape, brought back by vision, hard work, donations, determination, grit and perseverance by many, who should be applauded. The artist series creates a platfor...

Our View: It's Time For Universal Pre-school

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's time for Chatham and Harwich to join Orleans and other Lower Cape towns and support young families by paying for universal pre-school education. Although this was a recommendation of the Chatham 365 Task Force two years ago, the select board balked at providing full funding to subsidize pre-school costs for Chatham youngsters. They opted instead to increase funding of the town's childcare voucher program....

Our View: Food Truck Regulations More Than Past Due

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's about time Chatham adopted regulations governing food trucks. Had officials buckled down and done so two years ago, after several downtown restaurants objected to food trucks during the Mondays on Main music events, it might not have been such a nightmare trying to get lunch or dinner at a brick and mortar restaurant this past summer. That was the consensus at a public forum held by the select board Nov. ...

Our View: We Say Again – Bury Utility Wires

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've said it before and we'll say it again: A concerted effort has to be made to bury utility wires. With warnings of more extreme weather due to climate change, storms like last week's brutal nor'easter may become more common. Tens of thousands of Cape Codders and Southeastern Massachusetts residents spent days without power after winds of hurricane force or greater downed trees and branches, which in turn p...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 4, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Existential Questions About Flicks Editor: I would agree with James Cole’s review of the “slow pacing and preachiness” of “Midnight Mass” (Oct. 7) except for one nagging question. Why do I keep thinking about the series? And why do I watch series like this? Or as I just did, watch movies like the 2019 flick “The Lighthouse” starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson portraying two men serving a stint ...

It was 30 years ago on Oct. 31 that three separate weather systems converged just offshore, creating the destructive Halloween Storm – dubbed the Perfect Storm by author Sebastian Junger – that ravaged the east-facing coastline around Boston. As it was, the storm’s greatest fury was spent offshore, where it famously claimed the fishing vessel Andrea Gail of Gloucester, which went down with all hands. Though th...

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...