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Letter: Speak only when you have the facts

I am responding to Mr. Plenninger’s question, “Mrs. Douglas, what did you mean when you said Chris DiPaola’s radio station was a gift?”

There is an old saying — “when you don’t know what you are talking about, it is best to keep your mouth closed.” That saying is ingrained in my person. It is well known that when I speak I have all the facts before me, and I leave no stone unturned.

I find it egregious when someone accuses me of saying something that I did not say! Following are facts:

• I never threatened anyone at WBLQ nor did I ever utter the word “action.”

• I never asked for an apology.

• I never stated that WBLQ radio station was a privilege or gift to Chris DiPaola. WBLQ is a business that was born out of lots of hard work and sweat.

• When I said hosting a one-hour radio program is ‘a privilege and a gift,’ I was referring to the Jay Pellegrino one-hour radio program broadcast from his wife’s restaurant on High Street. During that hour he had much to say about the previous nights Town Council meeting — 14 hours earlier that same individual was present at the Town Council televised public meeting and had nothing to say publicly.

When Mr. Pellegrino and his guest Gina Fuller used my name, and made incorrect statements presented as fact, I have every right as an American citizen to respond.

In a related matter, recently a letter to the editor was written by Philo Willets, and appearing under the online version of that letter there was a post by Mark Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan’s post was a superb composite of reasoning; certainly not argumentative. I am puzzled as to why Gina Fuller would reply to an intelligent, non-combative post with just one word — “SNORT!”

It is my belief that we have now entered into “Candidacy Mania Time.”

Patricia A. Douglas


Douglas is a member of the Westerly Town Council.

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