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Okay, let’s get this out of the way right off. I don’t like summer. Matter of fact I hate summer. I’ve hated summer since I was a kid, and although I’ve become more tolerant of the heat as I’ve gotten older, I still have no love lost for the season.

Have you ever felt helpless and wondered what you could do to change a situation? I have. I’ll never forget a phone call I received about sixth months into my ministry. It began with the ominous statement, “Cal, I have some difficult news to share with you.” From there, things went downhill.…

I am not through learning all there is at 72. Things have affected the kind of person I am now. It is a mixture of books, people, teachers, travel and acquaintances. Writing is a “brain drain,” if you will.

“Human rights abuses at the border must be stopped,” in the July 9 issue of The Sun, shines a light on another best-kept-in-the-dark Trump USA-trocity that should sicken all Americans.

We got to the airport way before the airline was ready to check our bags, we waited in line, finally boarded the plane, slept for maybe an hour and a half, then landed in the Açores around 6 a.m. At this time, of course, the hotel was not ready to let us in our room, thus in our zombified st…

A real highlight of summer for me is sitting on my front porch watching the world go by. It truly is one of my favorite pastimes, and believe me, I consider sitting with a cup of coffee my main hobby! Usually I’ll put on some music or listen to a podcast but every now and then I get motivate…

Since the Johns Hopkins report came out about our educational system and specifically Providence, we can no longer neglect our schools! We must face the facts. Our school system is broken. We need to fix it now before it becomes even more damaged.

I saw the eyes before I noticed anything else. Agnes and Gary knew I was a big fan of Pixar’s Toy Story. So when I went into my office I recognized it right away. Sitting there, and staring back at me, was a hat with the face of one of the three-eyed, green alien toys from the third movie in…

It saddens me to see the ‘chicken little’ attitude of the MFD about the Misquamicut bike path. My wife and I retired here from New Haven three years ago and though we are not avid cyclists, we do ride several times a week. This plan for a bike path is imperfect, but is much better than what …

I go out to eat once a month with my friends and relatives. The group has gotten bigger and better as time goes by. Last week, we went to Wood River Inn in Wyoming and would like to thank Tammy, our waitress.

I am planning my 55th reunion for next year — 2020. A class of 180, we lost 41 classmates. So it got me thinking. “Live it as if it was the last day of your life — because it might be.” My mother lived to be 93 and my father was 89 1/2 years old, so I have a few years to go (?).

The Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter thanks the Rhode Island General Assembly for its support for Alzheimer’s legislation in 2019. Their actions will now have a profound impact on helping those that have been touched by this disease.

There is a lot of discussion about shutting down America’s health insurance companies and turning to a “Medicare for all” single-payer system. There are some legitimate arguments being made for it such as “economy of scale” and getting all Americans insured under one system. I would argue th…

Recently three members of the Hopkinton Town Council voted in favor of rezoning 172 acres of residential land, directly abutting over 60 homes, to commercial zoning to facilitate a massive solar plant.

Mitch Albom is an excellent writer. A sportswriter by profession, he shot to instant fame with the memorable book, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a bittersweet tale of Albom’s relationship with a favored college professor dying of cancer.

I first noticed her as her mom was busy buckling her baby sister into the car seat. She couldn’t have been more than six years old. She was standing beside the car oblivious to what was happening around her. She was looking up and reaching out to catch the raindrops with her tongue as they w…

My bad hair day was not due to wind or the rain. It started with shampooing. I used the little containers you get when you stay overnight in a hotel. It was the same brand I use at home, so it could not be bad. I got into the shower and shampooed and rinsed without my glasses. “Did I get the…

In Cynthia Drummond’s story in the June 9 issue of The Westerly Sun titled “‘Demo campsite’ built for DEM raises alarms in Charlestown,” it’s apparent that the Charlestown Town Council has its nose out of joint because it wasn’t notified of the demolition project.

On Thursday July 4th, our Independence Day (the 243rd birthday of the United States of America), the American Flag Fund Committee will be setting up 300-plus flags along the streets of Westerly, and this is done by folks willing to donate their time to come on down to accomplish this wonderf…

My husband and I have been camping at East Beach since the late 1970s. We are non-residents but have always treated our campsite and the whole area with reverence. We have acted as stewards to keep our area neat and clean, act responsibly and, often, police after those who are not so respons…

Camping, picnics, and Fourth of July celebrations are just a few ways that Southern New Englanders make the most of the warm summer months. Not to rain on your parade, but a report from the United States Fire Administration indicates that summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire-…

I want to thank Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for his leadership in animal protection at the federal level. As a co-lead of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, S. 2006, Sen. Whitehouse is protecting American horses from slaughter in the U.S. and from the fate of being brutally t…

In the article written by Dale Faulkner on June 27, we find out, as our children already know, that many of the precious elementary playgrounds at our public schools are in serious decay and unsafe. We find out that “the failing equipment will be removed at the direction of the School Commit…

‘Were you wearing a ‘Goofy’ shirt yesterday?” he asked. I told him I was and asked him why he wanted to know. He replied, “My son said he met God yesterday and he was wearing a “Goofy” shirt. I laughed. So did he. I told him that it wasn’t the first time that child had mistaken me for God as…

I recently returned from a week spent visiting my parents in Massachusetts, and am eagerly anticipating a long week in Maine this coming August. Maine is one of my favorite places and I look forward to my annual visit all year long. In preparation for my vacation, I was looking at the great …

PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27. PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder and is a condition that affects many veterans and non-veterans alike. It can occur when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. The condition wasn’t always understood properly by …

When I was 16 years old there were two things I said I would never do again. First, I declared that I would never wear a suit and tie. I told my parents that it wasn’t my style. Second, I swore I would never go to another funeral. I laugh now. It seems like that’s all I do these days. In the…

In his letter titled”Lack of civility not helping Charlestown”, in the June 11, issue of The Westerly Sun, Mr. Michael Chambers (Charlestown Citizens Alliance) complains about the behavior of the people at the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 10.

When the stock market crashed in 1929 it was no big deal. It had happened many times before. That time was different. The socialists decided to “do something about it.” Well they did something, all right. They kicked us into a 10-year depression.

Every evening before I fall asleep I like to pop on an episode of the mystery series I’m currently engrossed in to relax. Currently, I’m relying on “Father Brown.” It may seem strange that a murder mystery helps quiet the brain in the evening, but for whatever reason it works for me! Maybe i…

In addition to my role as vice president of the Hopkinton Town Council, I also chair the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee. Sen. Elaine Morgan is a member of our local town committee.

Fathers enjoy being on call day and night. It is our happy duty. Even if a little tired or sleepy from working, we just pitch right in with mother to help our family living go smoothly. Forgoing this or that thing is a virtue we feel good about practicing for the sake of keeping the peace an…

Ilove a parade! That old song came to mind as we stepped off for the 120th annual Firemen's Memorial Parade last week. It goes, 'I love a parade, the tramping of the feet, I love every beat I hear of the drum. I love a parade, when I hear the band, I just want to stand and cheer as they come…

It is often said that figures don’t lie but liars can figure. I was reminded of that while reading the editorial “Transparency a good place to start to reduce prescription drug costs” in Saturday’s Sun. I wonder why the greedy drug companies are so less greedy in Canada. The real problem is …

Do you notice every time you are in a conversation with people today the word “dieting” comes up? People, Marilyn Monroe was a Size 12. Think of all the people who are over a Size 14. Oprah and (R.I.P.) Aretha Franklin.

In a day when negative criticism is so easy to come by, we wanted to inform all of you of the very positive contribution to our family that was done by the head of Guidance at Chariho High School, Erik Meerbach.

Three million dollars is not worth the lack of civility I saw (Monday) night at the Charlestown Town Council meeting. This was a lesson in duplicitous behavior, short memories, political smears, personal attacks, and generally bad behavior on the part of all concerned. For a town that has be…

I’m no psychic, but I didn’t even need to turn the page of a recent front-page article in the Providence Journal to predict who was the lone Rhode Island senator to vote against condemning white nationalists and neo-Nazis: none other than District 34’s own Elaine Morgan (“In RI Senate, a lef…

Rhode Island is stuck, and it is becoming harder to retain our resident tax base, let alone maintain and grow programs and services in our stagnant economy. It is time for the .5% sales tax cut that was promised by our legislators in 2011 to be enacted.