The first week the new Westerly Town Council met, the Council Rules of Procedure permitted two 15-minute citizens’ comment periods, the first for agenda items and the second for both agenda and non-agenda items. Councilors would respond to agenda items but advised not to respond to non-agend…

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Throughout the United States’ history, race and racism have been contentious issues, whether that be slavery, the civil rights movement, or even more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement. Understanding race helps us to better understand our history as Americans, and the unknown privileg…

It was only because I had recently been informed of the death of one of my high school classmates that I was prompted to dig out my old yearbook. Michele sure looked a lot different then; then again, so did I. So did we all.

This letter is a follow-up to an item I recently submitted to the new Town Council regarding the memorial granite plaques and memorial trees placed in our downtown sidewalks, many of which have long been awaiting replacement trees after being removed years ago. These are the trees whose meta…

What do you think of when you hear the words, Battle Creek, Michigan? Those words transport me back to my childhood. That’s the place where many dreams were realized. I can’t tell you how many envelopes I sent to a post office box there as a kid. Until recently I’d never been there. Two week…

As an active Republican and "political junkie," I am quite interested in the 2020 Democratic race for president. I noted the story "Gillibrand is hard at work readying for presidential bid," in The Westerly Sun, Saturday, Jan. 12. Undoubtedly, many Democrats are planning or considering a run. 

Tuesday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, and next Monday, the library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I read a bit about him recently and was reminded of what an impressive and accomplished man he was. He graduated from his segregated high school at t…

How broken is the federal government? It's been several months since the Supreme Court nominee hearings were held, but those hearings clearly demonstrated how dysfunctional our federal government has become — grandstanding, partisanship, lack of normal professional courtesies, etc.

How can it be legal or equitable for the state to fund the education of illegal aliens’ children in Providence’s sanctuary city when it siphons taxes from our community to support criminal-entry illegal families instead of our legal citizens? Could rural towns sue the state and Providence ov…

As one member of the bike committee said back in 2014, his dad worked 30 years ago toward a bike path in Charlestown. Since then there have been numerous studies by the town and state. Most recently statewide planning (Feb. 26, 2018) produced the Rhode Island Moving Forward 2040 Long Range T…

These days it seems we all know who certain politicians are based on the amount of noise they make in the media and by the media. But has anyone heard of three common-folk individuals in Hope Valley who recently retired their licenses as emergency medical technicians after dedicating years o…

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it is my honor to represent them.

For some time now, I’ve advocated that primary caregivers should take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. With that said, how many of you have considered making your children part of the caregiving plan? It’s a better idea than you might think.

With cold weather finally here, what sounds better than a nice, hot bowl of soup? Westerly Senior Center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. George Routhier will be preparing homemade pizza soup, clam chowder, Canadian pea soup (which uses yellow peas), and Germ…

Heading out to New London the other evening, the darkness was shrouded in thick fog, all the way along I-95 and over the Gold Star Bridge. It took me back, way back, or, at least, cleared the way to retrieve something I wrote in 1983, when I worked as an editorial writer.

I skipped my workout this morning. I usually go to the YMCA in Westerly four or five days a week. This morning I woke up and I couldn’t face the pain. If you have ever exercised you know what I am talking about. Whether you are walking on the treadmill, or the elliptical trainer, or riding a…

Thanks for the across the border Jan. 4 uplift with the editorial “Success of bike program in N.H. model for future.” The bike program cycles on this winter. The 2017 Nashua population of 88,000 makes them about three times our combined Westerly/Pawcatuck population of 27,600, but the inviti…

Westerly’s eastern coyotes certainly have received a bad rap. That is too bad, as they are an absolutely magnificent creature and a major wildlife success story in North America. I can appreciate that some of our citizens are afraid of them, but the facts are very clear that incidents of coy…

Please, all of you Hopkinton Town Councilors, at the pending Chariho Omnibus meeting, demand to know why our excellent, 5-star elementary students are reduced to 3-star learning when they enter Chariho Middle School! Get mean about it, demand an explanation, demand reduced taxation for such …

I would like to respond to my friend Vic Arnold’s letter in Friday’s Westerly Sun. He does what many libertarians and capitalists do, which is to use the label “socialism” as a pejorative to include a whole range of practices and ideas without needing to consider each on its own merits. The …

Your Dec. 19 “NY AG puts Trump Foundation to sleep” registers a zero on the Surprise Meter, scaled 1 to 10. So the Trump Foundation is a charitable shell front whose board hasn’t met this century that performed “a shocking pattern of illegality including unlawful coordination with the Trump …

Socialism has never worked anywhere for very long because markets have too many unknown interdependencies and non-linearities. Markets are unpredictable and attempts at government control turn into crony capitalism.

If you know me, you know I am not a fan of Christmas letters ... those overly-long, boring missives filled with details no one cares about except the writer of same. Therefore I groaned when a week or so ago I first opened the envelope postmarked “Cincinnati” containing a beautiful card but …

I was in a hurry and I didn’t know where I was going. Actually, the truth is that I knew who I wanted to see but I didn’t know where to find her. I got a call that one of my parishioners was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital. Upon arriving I went in and gave the name to the receptionist. Sh…

New Year’s Day 2019 marks the beginning of the 350th anniversary of Westerly, and many exciting events are being planned. On Jan. 1, there will be a Unity Bell Ringing, as 30 bells throughout our town will peal from noon to 12:01. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the joyous sounds either at…

To keep a tradition going, I am once again writing my own version of the classic "A Visit from St. Nicholas"  also known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. My apologies to Clement Vincent Moore.

I’m responding to the article by Jay Lustgarten on Monday, Dec. 17, only because he has deliberately misstated facts while using my name, not because he has anything instructive, or constructive to offer the reader. He conflates two very serious issues in our country today; namely, the opioi…

December is disappearing before our eyes, and 2019 will be here before we know it. That being said, there are still 2 weeks left in this year, so there’s no need to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet! Here are a few things that you can do before 2018 ends to help kick off the new yea…

The 2018 Westerly Sun People’s Forum has become “Zombie Times” after the Dec. 9 letter, “Guns don’t kill people. You need a human for that,” which mirrors Mike Latham’s April 13 answer to the 2017 statistic of 109 daily gun deaths (39,773 gun deaths per 365 days, per the CDC) as explained in…