Letters To The Editor: Jan. 19, 2023

Letters to the editor.

Ill-served By Elected Representatives


Comments on letters by Bruce Everett and the You Guest It by Scott Barrett:

First I would like to thank Scott Barrett and Bruce Everett for providing their informative comments on climate policies from different prospectives. I too, like Mr. Everett, question our climate policies. Billions of dollars to be spent on programs included in a bill consisting of thousand of pages. This bill was voted on by a Congress that did not have time to understand what was in it. Much of what is voted on in Congress has no bipartisan support. This on its own should be reason to question climate policy, spending billions on programs that may or may not have much of an impact.

Mr. Barrett, you question Mr Everett’s comments because he is a former fossil fuel executive, implying he has underlying motives. What about you and your background? I do not know either of you. I believe you both believe in your views. I appreciate that we have a wealth of knowledge in our community that can be shared. Instead of disparaging the writer, let's comment on the policies. We are about to spend billions if not trillions. Let's break down this bill and determine what makes sense. How are we going to manage these programs? What are the deliverables?

I know this is pie in the sky, but we need to come together. What’s going on now is not working. Bills need to be passed with bipartisan support. As citizens we should demand it. Republicans have the majority in the senate, and what are they talking about? Going after Hunter Biden. Finally they got Trump's taxes. So what! Millions more to be spent on D.C. lawyers. We deserve better from these elected people.

Don Phinney


Preserve Brewster’s Wing Island


I recently had a conversation with a friend from a neighboring town about Brewster’s controversial boardwalk proposal. Why would I oppose a project that would make Wing Island accessible to all? I am, after all, an advocate of CORD and The Americans with Disabilities Act. I am a former teacher for students with moderate to severe physical/mental disabilities, and as an aunt to a niece who has spina bifida, I get it. I truly do.

I would gladly support a boardwalk over, through or across an area that is not as fragile as Wing Island. The Sea Camps property or Long Pond parcel come to mind.
This tidal place will be utterly destroyed in short order if a boardwalk is built, not by the relatively few visitors in wheelchairs but by the hordes of beachgoers who will trash Wing Island and Quivet Creek marshes because they can.

Citizens of Brewster, folks from other towns may have their opinions, but it's our town's future. Let's look at all of our options and have a conversation with the Brewster Select Board.

Susan Goodspeed


Advice On Gov. Prence


As a former apartment owner and developer I would offer the following advice to the town of Orleans: Maximize the zoning for the number of apartments that can be built, deed it for year-round leases with a low/moderate income threshold, then sell it to a private developer and let them demolish and build. Why the town would demolish the building or contract for demolition prior to sale doesn't make sense to me. It will cost more and take longer than if we just sell it as is. And given the dire need for housing in Orleans and the Cape, make this a priority. Get 'er done.

Alan George


Every Contribution Valued


As coordinator of the Chatham Children’s Fund, I, again, offer grateful appreciation for a very successful Holiday Project benefiting local families with children in need. We work in collaboration with Monomoy Community Services, along with the support of The Chatham Angel Fund and the generosity of the entire community. We are thankful to be back in full swing. Our efforts wouldn’t be successful without the great participation we have from all our “elves” — the volunteers, individual donors, businesses, churches, and organizations — we value every contribution!

With the ongoing support of David and Gail Oppenheim for a base of operation and the wonderful surprise bonus from the Chatham Christmas by the Sea Holiday Gala, we will continue to support working families in our community in a variety of ways throughout the year.  

This community-wide effort is just another example of what makes Chatham special. Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2023! Thank you for spreading the joy of Christmas throughout our community. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Pat Vreeland
Chatham Children’s Fund Coordinator


Fond Memories Of Pate's


Moving to the Cape upon retirement gave us the opportunity to go to Pate's every Saturday. The workers and owners became family. Bob [Gardner] always acknowledged us. We only saw Nancy on New Year's Eve when she lent her hand in the bar area. His daughters were also an asset to this fabulous restaurant. COVID interrupted our visits and we have not been back since. The memories last forever. We wish them a healthy and lasting retirement.

Esther and Al Fitzgerald


Caribbean Festival A Success


On behalf of the participants, I would like to publicly thank our newly named Chatham Center for Active living and program director Jess Rogers for a delightful afternoon. Jess transformed the conference center room of the community center into the festive atmosphere of a Caribbean cruise ship. Fruit, snacks, sandwiches and drinks were served during an afternoon of Candy Bar Bingo. Beautifully decorated sparkling tables with hats and flower decor for participants added to the fun of playing numerous bingo cards and winning lots of sweet prizes. I understand this may take place again and suggest you don’t miss it!

Gail Tilton
North Chatham


Maximize Housing Potential


The Dec. 29 issue of The Chronicle presented an affordable housing design proposal for the town's two acre site on Stepping Stones Road. To make this a significant location, as it is away from the mainstream of the town, it should be designed as a small community. To do this, the dimensions of the two acres should be reconfigured. The current dimensions defined by the bicycle path make it impossible to do a proper design.

One approach would be to have a rectangular site with a road coming in one end and going out the other, with houses facing both sides of the road. In the middle of this layout would be a park with a small community building. A worthy design would place two story, two- and three-bedroom single-family homes on these 20 lots.

In conclusion, this two-acre site should be reconfigured to maximize the project's potential.

Phil Richardson
Chatham and Tiburon, Calif.