Wellfleet’s Town Seal
To the editor:
There must be some mistakes in your article “Wellfleet Select Board Says ‘No’ to a New Town Seal” [Nov. 10, page A6]. It is not possible that someone on the select board would think that $1,000 would be too much to spend to correct a serious wrong.
It is not possible that someone on the board would think that you can identify a gay person in a picture. And it is not possible that a board member of a Cape Cod town with Wampanoag people in it and not far from the Wampanoag government center in Mashpee would not think that it is very late indeed to discard the totally false image on the town’s official seal.
Correcting the seal, perhaps by means of a design contest, would provide a meaningful opportunity to clarify our history and to learn more about it. It could create more awareness and deepen respect between the people of this town and the people of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
I would welcome the opportunity to explore that history with greater accuracy. My direct ancestor John Howland arrived on the Mayflower and visited the lands of the Outer Cape. His name is on the plaque in the center of Wellfleet. Part of his history is that he fell off the Mayflower but was rescued. My extended family settled and still live in Plymouth. My brother, father, and grandfather were all named Howland Davis.
I have visited the government center of the Wampanoag tribe in Mashpee. I was warmly welcomed with respect. I am a homeowner in Wellfleet. I urge the Wellfleet Select Board to reconsider the very important request to start a process to replace the present town seal.
George F. Davis, M.D.
To the editor:
Amidst all the Sturm und Drang, controversy, and — all too often — negativity in our current news cycles, how pleasant to come across an article celebrating the timeless joy of two genuinely good people finding happiness together (“A Celebration of Minor Miracles,” Nov. 17, page A8).
Thank you for brightening our day with your timely reminder that there is much for which to be grateful.
John A. Wolf
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