Opinion

Our View: When Theory Becomes Reality

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If coverage in The Chronicle is any indicator, it wasn’t until about 2001 that ordinary people on the Lower cape started seriously considering the potential impacts of a very slow-moving, theoretical disaster. Experts, some seen to be on the scientific fringes, were calling it “global warming.” It’s amazing the clarity a couple of decades can bring. Responding to human-caused climate change is no longer the...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

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Appreciates Compassionate Firefighters Editor: I would like to personally thank two of our Chatham community firefighters, “Pickles” and Dustin, for their recent assistance. What a gift it is to have such kind, caring, knowledgeable and compassionate men and women in our community at the other end of a 911 call.  My sincere thanks. Gail Tilton North Chatham Sign Of The Times Editor: In response ...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8

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Only A Matter Of Time Editor: On Friday, Aug. 12, my grandson and I were walking down Harold Lane at 11 a.m. when a plane from the 1940s drew our attention, initially by the noise, but when we looked up, we were startled to see how close the plane seemed to be above the trees, and then we smelled the exhaust it left behind. I was furious. I called the airport to report the issue and was told that there was ...

Our View: Thank You

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It was down to the wire. A real nail biter. But we made it. The Cape Cod Chronicle's Helping Neighbors summer fundraiser for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod met its goal. And then some. For a while, it seemed like reaching this season's $75,000 goal was a long shot; just a few short weeks ago, more than $45,000 remained to close the gap. In a series of stories, we emphasized the importance of helping the Family ...

Our View: Long Live Summer

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's hard to believe that Labor Day is here. In some ways, that means that summer is over. In others, it means it's just beginning. For summer residents and vacationers, the past two months saw an almost unparalleled stretch of beautiful, sunny, warm days – perfect beach weather – with just a handful of cloudy, rainy days, and few of them causing anything other than a minor annoyance. That, of course, is much ...

Letters To The Editor: Sept 1, 2022

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Airport Traffic Increasing Editor: Airplane traffic interferes with the quality of life in Chatham neighborhoods the most during the summer, when throngs of people are here, house windows are open, and people are socializing out on their decks and yards. This is when noisy late-night and early-morning charter flights most disturb sleep, and the repeated roar of flights most interrupts daytime peace and soci...

Our View: Stuck Over Senior Center

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham's search for a place to build a new senior center is stuck. The latest assessment released last week shows that building a new facility at the Stony Hill Road location of the current senior center is fraught with problems, from a lack of space for parking to the high cost. Adding on to the community center to accommodate some council on aging programs means more cost, bifurcated programming and potential ...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 25, 2022

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Appreciates Theater, Film Coverage Editor: The Aug. 11 edition of The Chronicle had really terrific coverage of the arts with more movie and theater reviews than I can remember in one edition. This was such a joy to see so much coverage of the arts, and this is the month when we have so much available. First, there was the review of a 2014 move, “Detours,” by James Cole, who apparently is a friend of the...

Our View: Residential Tax Exemption Deserves Attention

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The highlight of last week's summer town meeting, sponsored by the town's summer residents advisory committee, was a report on the group's opposition to the residential tax exemption. Allowed as a local option under state law, the exemption gives a community the option to lower property taxes for year-round residents. As the summer residents' presentation noted, this shifts a portion of the tax burden onto non-re...

Our View: Time Running Out For ‘Neighbors’

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

You’ve heard the one about the man who fell off a tall building? Each floor he passed by, he was heard saying, “so far, so good.” Well, that’s how it’s been with this year’s summertime Helping Neighbors campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Generous donations have been coming in steadily, making the most of dollar-for-dollar matching grants. So far, so good. But with the campaign set to end in ...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 18, 2022

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Vacation Rentals Vital To Economy Editor: I read with interest your article “Can Property Managers Help Guide Short-Term Rentals” in The Chronicle (Aug. 4).  As you’re probably aware, many towns on the Cape and Islands are grappling with the growth in STRs and how to regulate them while at the same time, allowing homeowners to rent out their homes seasonally as they have for decades. My husband and I own...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 11, 2022

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Forsooth, They Enjoyed It! Editor: My husband and I are still raving about last night's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Kate Gould Park. We can't recall when we have laughed so heartily or so continuously! It was a rollicking joy-filled evening thanks to an outstanding and enthusiastic cast, direction and production and the splendid backdrop by artist Carol Odell, at once authentic and whimsica...