Spring is in the air and Wilcox Park is abuzz with dog walkers on their daily stroll, youngsters toddling over to pat the Runaway Bunny, couples taking in the romantic scenery from a favorite bench, families counting fish in the pond, and friends catching up on a lunch-break walk. Immersed i…

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For approximately the last seven years I have observed and participated in Charlestown politics. Never have I seen such a continual attempt at character assassination as is being conducted by the CCA against Deb Carney since she was elected to the Town Council in 2018.

In these trying times, I am sure many of you have recently lost your job. Whether you work in restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores or at the casinos, the economic downturn from the coronavirus has certainly affected everyone, some worse than others. All you need to do is watch the nigh…

I came away depressed after reading the newspaper. I saw bad news was everywhere. Gas lines were forming up and down the East Coast due to a computer hack on the Colonial Pipeline. The number of migrant children at the border was reaching tens of thousands and no one seems to have an answer.…

With the expected influx of $1.78 billion in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, some would say there is no longer a need to raise any taxes. However, the point of our legislation to raise the income tax of the top 1% is not to address the coronavirus recession. That’s the job of the …

Thank you to all citizens who offered comments and suggestions for Charlestown’s new Comprehensive Plan. It has been an extensive process. Now that the plan has been approved, the Planning Commission can begin the process of addressing issues that the town faces along with residents’ concern…

Did you ever go snooping for “skinny” jeans? Today’s styles are designed to make us feel terrible — no matter what size! I was not about to buy jeans that were so tight they had me in a chokehold! My tip — if you can’t sit down or functional normally, do not buy. How can I squeeze my calves …

William I of Germany remarked on his death bed, “I have no time to be tired.” But often people suffer from being tired and having low energy years before they leave this planet. For some with fatigue, a prescription for 8-hours-daily use of a pillow is the best treatment. But over three mill…

At a special Town Council meeting on May 4, Charlestown was again treated to the spectacle of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance-dominated Planning Commission and Town Council pushing through an almost 400-page Comprehensive Plan over numerous and serious objections. The obvious question is w…

Since this is the opinion section, I would like to offer my views on abortion. At what point in our cultural evolution as Americans did we give ourselves permission to engage in sexual encounters whenever and with whomever we please and expect our fellow citizens to assist us with the unexpe…

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is so excited to announce the official launch of our Seed Library! This project has been in making for quite some time, and we are thrilled that it has finally become a reality. Read on for answers to all your “Whos, Whats, and Whys,” and then come down for a…

Charlestown’s police pension liability increased from $2.5 million in 2014 to $5.2 million in 2019 according to the town’s most recent audit report. This means that we are not paying our current police pension annual costs, because if we were, the police pension liability would not have incr…

National Public Radio has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first original on-air broadcast (on May 3, 1971), and among the prominent celebrants are the women deemed the “Founding Mothers of NPR” — Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer. The fourth “Founding Mother,” …

One of the most challenging issues to deal with as a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s/dementia is that of driving. Perhaps you’ve noticed some early warning signs that suggest it’s time to think about having “the talk” or, worse, taking immediate action. Have they gotten lost recent…

The 4-mile ride up the mountain was filled with twists and turns. On one side of the road there was a cliff. My daughter, Sarah, was driving. The drop was on her side so it didn’t bother me. I couldn’t see over the edge. Of course, if either side of the car went over, we’d both be in trouble…

Oh dear, the self-anointed Grand Dame of property control and development in Charlestown, Ruth Platner, is weeping and wailing because of the Rhode Island Legislature. See her Letter to the Editor titled, “Bill led to more Charlestown development” (The Westerly Sun, April 29).

First let me say that I have lived in Hopkinton for 42 years. During that time, I attended all the hearings on the implementation of the state-mandated 2-acre zoning in Rhode Island, and the rezoning hearings of Hal Henry’s plan for the Brae Bern PGA-quality golf course and conference hotel …

As the public health and financial crisis continues, many people are having a difficult time getting the services they need. Rhode Island has made strides in helping more people access to health care, but too many of our neighbors, especially Black and Latinx people, young people, and low-in…

The president of the Charlestown Town Council is needlessly obstructing the passage of the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Deb Carney has been demanding that the people of Charlestown wait upwards of a year until a townwide survey of residents’ wish lists can be collected and analyzed to promote …

Everywhere, people are fed up with enforced isolation. While adhering to stay-at-home orders at the urging of public health officials and in empathy with frontline health-care workers, the restrictions are taking a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of all. While senior citizens can b…

The April 26 letter to the editor entitled “Electric cars aren’t a silver climate bullet” was very interesting. I would like to contribute some additional thoughts on the subject: Electric cars in Rhode Island, even today, do not have to rely on fossil fuels. I drive a Toyota plug-in hybrid …

As the month of May begins, we often jump straight into preparing for Mother’s Day (May 9), or perhaps Cinco de Mayo (May 5, as always), but there’s another commemorative day that shouldn’t be overlooked … Star Wars Day on May 4! May the Fourth be with you!

Your local firefighters care about your safety and want to make sure that you have options when a fire occurs in your home. A fire extinguisher is an excellent option. Fire extinguishers are relatively inexpensive and may mean the difference between a small fire that is easily extinguished a…

I looked down and was mortified. I thought I had gotten rid of it but it was still there. It was visible so that anyone could see it. I had the stain on my hands. My mind began racing. What would people think? Would they laugh? Would they think less of me? What could I do to assuage my guilt…

COVID-19 has been the most convincing argument for Rhode Island to invest in high-speed internet, or dedicated broadband. Whether for remote working from home, distance learning or telehealth, broadband access must be reliable, fast and affordable. You wouldn’t buy a house or relocate your b…

In 2013 and 2016, the Rhode Island Legislature passed bills that allow unbuildable perimeter wetlands and steeply sloped land to be included when sizes of buildable lots are determined. The bills included language for slopes or wetland buffers, saying that those areas “shall not be excluded …

Why is it the population of Rhode Island has not changed in 50 years but we are always building new houses in Hopkinton? The answer has a lot to do with the steady loss of our farm land. Farmers face a dilemma. Rhode Island has the most expensive farm land in the country. It is hard to get i…

Regarding “Vehicles imperil Biden’s climate goals” in the April 24 issue of The Sun: How nice to see Biden has a climate goal to save it (vs. the former guy’s goal to destroy it) that comes with a most welcome change from offshore drilling to offshore wind farms, which plays right into Rhode…

Those of us “of an age” remember Paul McCartney’s first band and one of their most hopeful and optimistic songs. At a literal level, it may have seemed to be about the positivity we all feel when winter’s cold grip gives way to warmth and sunshine. “Here Comes the Sun” may, however, provide …

During the manic solar energy gold rush that has occurred over the past five years, there have been 33 commercial solar energy proposals in Hopkinton — more than any other Rhode island town — including projects that would have been among the largest in New England.

While the current pandemic holds a firm grip on everyone’s attention, another killer may be getting a stronger foothold on us — and chances are, women will continue to pay a higher price. Coronary heart disease is already a leading disease for women and men. Common sense suggests the situati…

On April 12, properly publicized in a technical sense but practically unknown to almost all residents, the Westerly Town Council considered and approved a resolution “in opposition to Rhode Island 2021 Gun Control Legislation.”

I do not see how the gun-safety legislation recently proposed in the Rhode Island General Assembly would impede anyone from participating in “a well regulated militia,” as it says in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A well-regulated militia is the amendment’s purpose, such as t…

Who tuned in to the 93rd Academy Awards last night? I’m writing this on April 20th and have zero psychic abilities, so I have no idea of the outcome … but that’s OK. Personally, I’m more into the weeks preceding the event, and what I’ll call the “Rabbit Hole of the Oscars.” I like reading ab…

During the past decade, electric and hybrid vehicle sales have steadily increased. However, while global EV sales grew by 65 percent in 2018, this growth slowed to nine percent in 2019, and raises the question of whether electric vehicles are truly the environmentally friendly alternative we…

Readers of The New Yorker were treated in the April 19, 2021, issue to reminisces by its renowned staff writer John McPhee about his fits and false starts during his long career. Now 90, he’s been associated with the New Yorker since 1963, a staff writer since 1965 and author of some 29 book…

The Veterans of Foreign Wars announced it has joined forces with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) through a memorandum of understanding focused on increasing veterans’ access to a combined health and wellness network while offering camaraderie and support from fellow service members, ve…

When I learned who was calling, my first thought was, “I know what she wants.” I picked up the phone and expected her to ask about gift cards to help with groceries. It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. She had called to ask for prayer. It was the first time she had done that. Her l…

It was with a deep sense of sadness and disbelief that I read the lead article in the April 15 edition of The Westerly Sun, entitled “Westerly councilors take stand against state gun bills.” According to this article, at least six members of the seven-member Town Council voted to approve a l…

I am very disappointed in the Hopkinton Town Council over the lack of support for small farms. My family owns Elmrock Farm in Ashaway and our farm is one of the last seven dairy farms in the state of Rhode Island and has been around since 1889. Recently, they voted to remove the small solar …

Last Saturday, the residents of Charlestown, in a show of community spirit, collected nearly a ton of litter strewn along the town’s roadways. It was a huge effort by local volunteers who showed their dedication to the town. The Charlestown Citizens Alliance thanks all those who participated…

The other day I was picking my order up at The Malted Barley, a young man sitting with his date went over to the lady handing me my order and told her it was on him. He told me this as I said no, it was okay, but he told me he does this for veterans.