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When I read the April 4th editorial article entitled “Country’s founders would be embarrassed,” by Charles Logan, I felt compelled to inject some balance to the one-sided blame-fest. The writer seemingly can only find fault with the behavior of one political party past and present, while pro…

These are strange times for everyone. This weekend I had a terrifying realization that I was very close to officially reaching rock bottom. It is a shameful thing that I am going to share, but here it goes. I am a New York Jets fan (no, that’s NOT the rock bottom I am referring to!). It is t…

I hadn’t heard from Don Herman in quite a while. He lives in Houston and is the son of a World War II vet who owns a chapter in my book, “Tell Me Your Story,” a tome dedicated to men and women of all wars who held stories deep within them, many of which were previously untold.

First introduced in 1944, Smokey Bear has become the recognized symbol of wildfire prevention across America. Even though Smokey Bear’s message, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” is known by most adults, many residents still wonder how Smokey Bear became the spokesanimal for the longest runn…

I posted the picture on Facebook. A few minutes later, I saw a comment on my post that caused me to pause. An emoji appeared with a hand over a smiley face, suggesting incredulity. When I looked at my post again, embarrassment swept over me. I quickly deleted it but the damage had been done.…

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Westerly Police Retirement Plan (The Plan) was in pretty sad condition. After many years of elected officials underfunding the plan, the pension portion of the plan was hovering just above critical condition and the benefits portion stood at 9% funded. Wh…

In respect to COVID-19, it should bother us that the answers to “What did Donnie McTrump know about the virus, and when did he know it?” are “nothing” and “not yet.” It should bother us even more that when the same questions were posed to Junior Bush and Condoleezza Rice about terrorists and…

Although my primary home is in Massachusetts, for many years I have maintained a secondary home in Rhode Island, thereby providing Rhode Island with tax dollars and economic support. I have been a good neighbor from a neighboring state, but now I own property where essentially my family and …

With a heavy heart, I am announcing the cancellation of the GFWC Women’s Club of South County’s annual signature fundraising event, our Book & Author Luncheon scheduled for July 8. For two decades, the luncheon has provided an enriching afternoon for book-lovers while raising funds to im…

In response to the subject that appeared in Monday’s edition of The Westerly Sun, I fully expected it, and I suspect many more similar diatribes will follow before Nov. 3. Quite frankly, I welcome the input from our left-leaning friends, because it very succinctly exposes the common-thread (…

One of the tips given to the public for dealing with coronavirus, aside from washing your hands and not gathering in large groups, is to stock up on two weeks of supplies, in case we have to quarantine ourselves.

Given his recent statements on the coronavirus pandemic quoted here, one might be led to believe that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be nominated for a “Defender of Life” award: “We’re not going to accept a premise that a human life is disposable” and “if all of our sweeping, expensive measures to…

Keeping in mind the challenging days in which we now live, this suggestion is humbly offered to all who enjoy writing to the editor and exercising the liberty to do so: Could we all take time to look around us, in our wonderful community and beyond, and take note of some or all of the dedica…

I am writing this column from within the library, although we are currently closed to the public. We hope this closure will help to flatten the curve of virus cases in our community, helping our health care providers to not be overwhelmed with too many cases at once. Additionally, we are con…

I feel compelled to respond to the letter “Thanking God Trump’s in charge of crisis” in Thursday’s Westerly Sun. I have no expectation of changing the mind of Mr. Latham, its author, or any of the others who believe Trump cannot do anything wrong despite ample evidence to the contrary. I am …

Quinn Colson, the former U.S. Army Ranger come home to clean up his corruption-giddy rural Mississippi county, is the hero in a series of richly regional mysteries by Ace Atkins, and displays the usual honorable qualities as well as one endearingly human habit: He smokes cigars.

Many of you gave a deep sigh of relief when the governor announced the extension of the due date for Rhode Island income tax to July 15, thus coordinating with the federal tax extension. I filed my taxes a few weeks ago and my state payment was withdrawn from my checking account on March 15.…

I read in The Sun that the town manager declared a state of emergency here  “for potential federal financial assistance and because the declaration could make it easier for the town to comply with and enforce state and federal mandates”.

    I am grateful the Northeast has strong governors. Working hard, they met the coronavirus threat and acted. Including our own Gina Raimondo, the governors give honest, steady and responsible information. Compared to them, White House leadership looks frail and indecisive. The White House is f…

    I am a public school teacher. This is a critical time for our democracy, not only because our fellow citizens’ lives are endangered by the pandemic, but because of heightened precautions around physical distance, our means of voting in a fair, equitable, and transparent way is also endangered.

    As America battles the invisible enemy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an exponentially growing silent killer, we find ourselves in a situation that is unprecedented in scale, a danger to our fellow citizens, and in the economic destruction and financial shock it is already causing.

    Lately there has been significant misinformation and misunderstanding regarding the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s (RIAC) efforts to achieve community consensus regarding the future of Westerly and other general aviation airports in Rhode Island. In an effort to set the record straight, …

    Once again I’m compelled to respond to the inane and irresponsible ramblings of Mr. Lustgarten (“Come election day, remember COVID-19” from Tuesday’s issue of The Sun). For his edification, et al, it is in fact a Chinese flu, simply because it emanated from Wuhan, China (technically, it’s me…

    Every day the emperor stands naked in front of the world revealing his ignorance, mendacity and utter lack of compassion for the millions of people who are suffering under this crisis. He has known about the impending threat for months and not only did he not act on it, but he did everything…

    Over the past few months, following the death of Barry Ricci, much has transpired. We have a budget that has been accepted by the School Committee, and of course, we are now dealing with the unknown ramifications of the coronavirus.

    It comes back to nature and the environment. Always. Protecting our air and water keeps eco-systems functioning and life thriving despite the stock market nose-diving as this COVID-19 timeout will surely enable some home-dwellers to ponder what’s really important in life. Truth and oxygen, j…

    Is it time for all Rhode Island residents to consider totally changing their representatives and senators in Washington? The country needs solutions, not political posturing. Ask your representative or senator why they can’t compromise on current legislation to get income to our most vulnera…

    Please pay attention to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance on how to avoid spreading infection with the coronavirus. Many of us are dutifully heeding the warnings and advice of authoritative sources like the CDC. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/pre…

    I want to personally thank U.S. Congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin and U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse for their leadership in this time of crisis from COVID-19 and for working quickly to address issues that our elderly and those with Alzheimer’s disease and dement…

    You’re probably aware by now that the library closed to the public on March 16th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. We appreciate your understanding during this trying time, and want to remind you that, even in the midst of a pandemic, …

    I love reading maps in my spare time, and therefore rarely ask for directions, even when I’m not quite sure where I’m going. There’s something in me that likes figuring out how to get from Point A to Point B without any help. It’s one of my rare talents, but I was born with a spot-on sense o…

    Our town, like the nation and most of the world, is facing a tremendous challenge right now, and I am so grateful to know that Charlestown has Mark Stankiewicz as our town administrator. At a time like this the town needs someone with his experience and vision. In more peaceful times, his co…

    My dog, Anna, came up to me this morning. She nudged me with her snout. She pushed in and tried to get in my face. I pushed her away at first. I wasn’t in the mood. Like many of you, the news of what’s happening had gotten to me. Then I looked at her and wrapped my arms around her and gave h…

    I write one last time to say so long to Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. I have long known it would be futile to try and encapsulate his brilliance with words. A thousand bottles of ink and a million more would still leave my pen helpless against the magnificence of his heroics. Still, I cannot …

    For the last 20 years, you created thrilling and amazing results. Your results became our results and we derived self-esteem benefits from our association with you and the Patriots.

    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…

    The corona virus has brought communities face to face with unprecedented health and financial crises. There have been many crises in the past; we have overcome them and moved on with our lives. Our communities have survived. We will move on from this one as well.

    Looking to get away from crowds or stuffy rooms? So far, social distancing doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. Now is a great time to get out into the open air and explore local open space. There may be some early morning frosts, but these cool March days make for very comfortable hiking, …

    With so many hunkered at home, let’s take a trip down memory lane. In 2008, Republicans demonized the Affordable Care Act, scaring people from health care reform by creating this “death panel” boogeyman. The unsubstantiated paranoia was that certain people would be denied health care by face…

    I leased a new Subaru for three years starting in 2016 from a local dealer. At the time of leasing this car, I was not aware of the high property taxes I would need to pay, plus my monthly payments. I had kept this vehicle in top shape and did all the maintenance. (Taxes, by the way, are the…

    Forgive me if I repeat myself here, but since I moved to Rhode Island many years ago, I have definitely fallen in love with the beauty and history of this lovely little state. I came upon a fun book called “You Know You’re in Rhode Island When …” by Ryder Windham. Some of the tidbits he desc…