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I am writing an open letter to request help with tolling Connecticut’s highways. Early in the last session, my state rep did respond to my e-mail that she didn’t favor tolls but never committed to opposing them, but now after many e-mails, I still don’t know where she stands on tolls. The re…

In response to the recent letter to the editor, “Drawing a line in the sand” by George Tremblay, he claims to agree with “a public right to beach-front access,” yet sees strolling along the beach as provocation for arrest. Many would agree that “beach-front access” and “strolling along the b…

This is a pivotal and crucial week for two most important issues at stake between the forces of evil — Satan — and the forces of good — God; the Christians who believe and uphold human life in the womb as they again demonstrate in our Capitol, and our people of justice who support our presid…

The new year, along with the most of our well-intentioned, obligatory resolutions, is gone. I’m here to tell you how the Westerly Library can help you do something beginning right now that will help you keep more money in your wallet, and isn’t that a great idea? There are many ways that sim…

Since 2004 the Veterans of Foreign Wars has provided more than $5 million of grants through its Unmet Needs program to cover housing costs and basic needs for struggling military families. This month, the VFW shared the story of an Army veteran and his family who were helped out during a dif…

Regarding the story “UConn puts dollar signs on its impact,” in the Jan. 23 issue of The Sun, I applaud the analysis, suggesting that the educational investment we make in our colleges actually has a significant return. The aspect that was not included was what it would cost the state to not…

My jaw dropped as I heard her tell the story. She said, “Harry and I got there early. We wanted to celebrate with our friends.” Then she went on to tell how everything started to happen. The Bishop arrived. The crowd swelled. Before they knew it, they had been ushered into the church and a v…

As we commemorate the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it has to be stated that for many people the right to abortion has been taken away. This is especially true of women of color, who already struggle with health disparities.

When the state’s budget writers came out with a spending plan for fiscal year 2021, there was something very important missing: nearly $900,000 in state aid to regional school districts. Students and municipal taxpayers alike cannot continue to absorb these unfair cuts as part of the state’s…

In virtually all the predictions of what will be hot in the 2020 General Assembly session, there has been little mention of environmental policy. It is imperative that we make progress in 2020 on several fronts including plastics pollution, sea level rise, renewable energy, sustaining a clea…

Faith LaBossiere has an interesting view on her attendance record on the Parks & Recreation Commission. In a recent Letter to the Editor she boasts about attending 50 percent of the meetings. In my career as a college professor, I consider 50 percent a failing grade.

“RAIMONDO’S GOAL: 100% RENEWABLE!” Italics? Gold-plated? Gov. Raimondo gets it, and we’re not talking getting democracy-destroying fossil-fuel campaign contributions. People want climate action, not offshore drilling, as climate change-intensified wildfires become front porch news in Austral…

Scott Keeley objects to characterization of his dispute over ownership of beach rights as a provocation (Jan 18). How else might we interpret the photo of Keeley casually ignoring “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs while strolling along beach-front properties?

Last Wednesday the 15th would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday, and today, 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 s…

I did not attend the Jan. 16 Chariho budget meeting. Instead, I was at the annual dinner meeting of the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust. This is chaired by Mark Stankiewicz, town administrator of Charlestown. He came over to me at the reception before the dinner and we talked. …

During this past holiday season, we all spent our hard-earned money on a variety of items from the mall as we gave, and received, our holiday gifts. And not only during this season do we shop, but consider how many purchases we make throughout the entire year on consumer goods. Clothing, hou…

It was reminiscent of something out of the old television series M*A*S*H. There were people everywhere. Every seat was taken. Some people were sitting in wheelchairs. No one looked happy to be there. There was a pall over the room as the sound of muffled coughs emerged from every corner. I’v…

I was startled and dismayed to read in the recently published Sun article “Filippi to brief Charlestown council on shoreline access a statement attributed to Town Council President Virginia Lee characterizing my trespass arrest this past summer as one that I provoked: “Because of the provoke…

Editor’s note: The South County Chapter of the League of Women Voters will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States this year in a series of monthly columns in The Sun. The amendment, which gave women the right to vote, b…

On Jan. 11 a story ran in The Sun on the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s (RIAC’s) view of the Comprehensive Plan currently under review and revision. The article referred to a letter recently sent by RIAC to Westerly’s town planner, Nancy Letendre. RIAC wants to ensure that a state-requir…

It’s a new year, a new decade and a new sensibility with the Jan. 10 story in The Sun titled “Ruggerio sponsors plastic bag legislation.” Following Westerly (Jan. 1) and the State of Connecticut (Aug. 1) leaders, the Ocean State is right to adopt a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, w…

At December’s Town Council meeting, Councilor Carney objected to my reappointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission on the basis that I had attended “probably less than half of the meetings a year”. Let me provide the truth: In 2017 I attended 7 of 10 meetings; in 2018 I attended 4 of 8…

During the fall cleaning season, I decided to simplify my life. I do not need 50 books, three sets of dishes, 15 painting on the wall, and clothes I rarely wear. Time to start anew. Simplicity means taking our hands off the control buttons. Do we really need 10 pairs of shoes, eight sweaters…

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, I did not attend the annual Chariho Omnibus Meeting, which was held at Chariho. It was unusual for me not to attend. I head a Masonic organization, the Knights Templar in Westerly, and I was needed to attend to that organization.

I do a great deal of lecturing and training for individuals in all walks of life. Many are informal, at home, caregivers while others may be professional caregivers like nurses and doctors, as well as people who simply want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease “just in case.”

I have to admit that when GMC unveiled their new commercial on Black Friday of 2018, I thought at first blush that it was kind of cute, humorous even. Now I can’t stand the thing, nor the two entitled Millennials who star in it.

I could hear him in the back. I had gone in for breakfast and I got a virtuoso performance on the side. The cook was humming the strains of a familiar song. I liked it. The cool part of that encounter was the fact that long after I finished my meal, the song stayed with me. I began humming i…

It is now 2020 and we are no closer to a new school facilities plan for the elementary grades than when this target date was identified. Two obvious plans have been rejected and we are now having to face years of planning, informational sessions and voting ... again. We really can’t wait to …

Probably, most of you who don’t use the Amtrak train know that our station building has become an art studio and travelers do not have access to enter this facility any longer (because works of art are more important than the comfort of people waiting for trains, especially during inclement …

The Westerly Area Peace and Justice group rejects any escalation of violence in the Middle East. We strongly oppose Mr. Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s General Soleimani on Iraqi soil, reportedly by drone strike.

At Westerly High School in the late 1950s during one of our classes, I remember being taught that all of the American embassies around the world were sovereign to the United States. Later while serving in South Korea in the U.S Army, we learned that our embassy there was to be protected like…

Like many members of Patriot Nation, I’m disappointed in our 2019 season. Still, we look to the future with hope. I find it disingenuous for Coach Belichick to say “nobody has thought about the future.” Really? This is a business that reportedly generates $600 million per year in revenue, $2…

I first met Barry Ricci at the Charlestown Town Hall chamber, many years ago, where he gave a status report of the Chariho School system. I found him to be well informed and a persuasive person. He had a vision, and an action plan, to make continuous improvements to the school system, and to…

There should be no shame in admitting when you do not know something. Merriam-Webster defines ignorance as a “lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.” It seems to me that the negative connotation surrounding the word ignorance has more to do with the refusal to acknowledge lack of knowle…

The Dec. 30 “Can you manage to keep up with the Joneses?” letter strikes an-end of-decade chord. “Can you manage to keep up with your best you” is more like it that cannot be shaped by “buying ‘stuff’ that will somehow make me look richer, younger or even thinner”? The author skeptically won…

For a rather immodest reason I cannot let this holiday season close without a nod to Bill Gill, a mellifluous fellow from Mystic often seen walking his border collie rescues through the downtown and who for the last three decades has provided friends and relatives a serious session of head-b…

The New Year brings opportunity for change and many residents want to know what they can do to help others.   Your local first responders are encouraging you to also focus on helping yourself by make safety a priority when you make your New Year’s resolutions. By installing highly visible ad…

The stress level was rising. I could feel it. All I wanted to do was stay in line and get to my destination. At that moment, it seemed like the whole world was working against me. As I was decompressing an hour later, I realized that God had just given a lesson I could take into the new year…

Ronnie Gardiner was a senior at Westerly High School in 1950, and I was a sophomore. Most students at WHS at that time knew that Ronnie was a talented drummer and a great athlete who played football and baseball for the school.

This is in response to the George Tremblay letter titled, “Who qualifies to serve on boards in Charlestown?” published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Mr. Tremblay is a former town council member in his town. He was responding to comments about Charlestown and appointments, to quote “ … town counc…

The end of the season has come for the American Flag Fund Committee. Veterans Day was the last holiday of the season to set out all those beautiful American flags throughout the town, around 300 of them.

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Eve is tomorrow — the ball is about to drop, the champagne’s going to be flowing, and resolutions are getting made! We all want to be smarter, happier, and healthier, but sometimes we need help getting started. Don’t worry! No matter what your goal is…