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Shawn Middleton
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

Interactive Storytelling
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Scams That Target Seniors Citizens
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wyoming

Photography and Decorative Arts Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. Westerly

Summer Book Sale Preview
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Chess Club
6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Westerly

Play Reading
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Shakespeare in the Park
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

Free Movies on the Beach
8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Misquamicut

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The politics of it all, and our loss

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In all levels of government, federal, state and local, our multiparty system is designed to bring forth a variety of ideas as to how each elected official should support its’ constituents. Elected positions are not for the faint of heart. Entering the political process one knows that their every move will be criticized by some and applauded by others. You are under the watchful eyes of those you were elected to serve.

In the business of running government there are two choices of political style. One choice is to run your elected office respectfully, fairly and in the best interests of those you serve. Even with the best of intentions, an elected official will not please all and, at times, make a decision they later regret. What matters most is how they conduct themselves while in their elected position.

The second choice is to choose to be disrespectful and disruptive to those whose political views do not match yours. There is no fairness, no compromise and no positive outcome that brings opposing parties together. What does emerge is a politician that serves by ego but under the guise of serving for the best of their constituent’s interest. The eventual outcome is a government body angry and divided. We are left to pick up the pieces and try to move forward. The aftermath is slow to repair.

What has happened in our town is just that. Our governing process has failed! I am left wondering exactly what good has come from our recent shameful town political process?

The town lost a dedicated and conscientious town manager. The town was moving in the right direction. What we have left is a town council unable to conduct its business in a respectful and productive manner.

Paula M. Agins

Westerly



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