Time Magazine announced for the second time in 30 years it is devoting an entire issue to climate change. Recently, Mr. Mageau asserted yet another conspiracy theory. The dastardly left-wing radicals and politicians may be using the environment, climate change, for political purposes. He the…

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A lot of you may already be on the waiting list for popular books including “Testament,” Margaret Atwood’s follow up to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens (that book has had a huge waiting list since 2018!). No need to worry, there are plenty of new books to…

When I was a kid and went to the movies, they weren’t as sophisticated as they are now. There was no digitized anything, no Pixar, few special effects. What a pity they had to rely on just well-written scripts, sharp direction, and actors who could act.

I got up this morning and turned on the television. I thought about going to the YMCA. Before I could get ready, I got caught up in a TV program. The music was good. People were dancing. All the participants were smiling. They were having fun. I decided to join in right in and I started danc…

On Monday, Sept. 9, Charlestown once again witnessed the spectacle (or perhaps debacle) of the actions of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) dominated Town Council. The issue this time was the filling of a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

I was a member of the Vision 2020 Building Committee. It is based on this experience that I would encourage all Westerly voters to REJECT Question 1 on Oct. 10. The proposal outlined in Question 1 is a want-based plan, not a need-based plan. Westerly has existing facilities that can be recon…

I’m writing this letter to the editor today because I support the school bond. I’m a senior and live on a pension, but I also believe we need make our schools better. We have a chance to receive 35% back and up to 50% back if certain things are done in the fashion they should be done. We nee…

Have you ever wondered about your family tree but weren’t sure how to begin your research? Or perhaps you are one of the committed (or is it addicted?) genealogists who dedicate all of your spare time to looking up birth and death dates and combing through archives in the never-ending quest …

She looked at me with those big, beautiful, brown eyes. She was shaking and rubbing against me. It was as if she was asking, “Why are you doing this? You really aren’t going to leave me here? Don’t you love me?” I wanted to cry. I had little choice. We were going on vacation and needed someo…

Following the recent series of letters to the editor from James Mageau and folks who challenged his assertions and antics has been amusing. First Mr. Mageau defended President Trump, claiming he is no racist or white supremacist. Mr. Trump is a victim. How did Mr. Mageau build his defense? H…

In reference to the article on the Kidz Buzz page on rainbows in the Sept. 2 issue of The Sun, I believe the author, Erika Enigk, makes some incorrect and contradictory statements. She states that a rainbow is an “optical illusion,” “just a trick of light,” and “they’re not really there.”

I was surprised to see that the Sun would print such a male-bashing letter (“Letter: Musings on the differences between women and men,” by Gloria Birchell, on Friday, Aug. 30). Ms. Birchell seems to be grinding an axe about things that bother her about men.

Typically I don’t read or listen to books about how to be more efficient and ways to achieve all you want in life. It’s not that I don’t think I could benefit from it, but I suppose I’m still in the denial stage. The fact of the matter is that I have time to be productive at home, but my cou…

Sending the biggest thanks to Paul and Karen Donahue, who created it, and their committee and the Chamber Girls (Maria , Lauren and Lisa) for their unbelievable marketing skills and publicity and the wonderful volunteers that worked so hard to make the Olde Tyme Fair the best thing that has …

War is horror. It devastates lives, destroys futures, costs much too much in blood and treasure. The U. S. Constitution has a mechanism to remind us of that slaughter and mayhem as we as a people and a government decide whether an outcome is worth the price. Presidential emergency authority …

Ralph James was my idol my freshman year at Syracuse University. He came to my dorm every night, even during the throes of the infamous Central New York winter weather. No snow was too deep, no winds too blustery to keep him away. I never knew exactly when it was he’d show up, but I didn’t h…

It’s time for the senior center picnic. George Routhier will be preparing hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and other picnic foods at the annual summer picnic on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the center mealsite area. Ants are not invited as the event will be held indoors. Picnick…

By the time I got there, the street had been blocked off and fire trucks were everywhere. There was a building on fire with several fire departments there and more on the way. Fortunately, the damage was minimal and no one was hurt. You could see the smoke billowing out of a hole that had be…

Kudos to Rep. Tanzi for her forward-looking view on transportation in our state. Bridges and roads need to be kept up for all drivers, and money should be allocated to make them safer for years to come. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is a common but unacceptable practice in Rhode Island.

Each fall, the Alzheimer’s Association holds its largest fundraising event: the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” This year, there are four walks in Rhode Island, and I will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 14 at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly. I will be bringing a team…

The League of Women Voters South County would like to thank all those who had the vision, perseverance and tenacity to bring the Old Tyme Fair to life in Wilcox Park on a beautiful, sunny Aug. 24, 2019. We also want to thank all those who stepped back in time to 1920 at the League booth and …

I have followed the recent back-and-forth letters between Joseph Light and James Mageau. I note Mr. Mageau lost confidence in the Democratic Party because it nominated Hillary Clinton, who he believes lied about Benghazi.

I am a lucky individual politically. While I have won and lost elections multiple times for the Hopkinton Town Council, I have won seven times, and currently I’m in my third term as vice president. I also chair the Republicans in my town.

Hello Westerly! Once again another holiday is approaching us and it is time to fly “Old Glory,” our American flag, in honor of all the hard-working people of this country. Our flag represents not just our veterans who have sacrificed so much in its defense, but all the people of this great l…

If government cannot care for the most vulnerable children among us, it has little business doing much else. That’s why we are genuinely relieved to learn of the sudden addition of 23 child welfare staff to Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). It is a long overdu…

In his letter titled, “Let’s face it: Trump has proven that he is a racist” by Mr. Joseph Light (The Westerly Sun, Aug. 22), he says that James Mageau should stop playing the “what about” game. In addition, he says that if those of us who support President Trump had any sense of decency we w…

You may know that Westerly Library is part of a consortium, Ocean State Libraries (OSL). What that means is that we all share some resources — the OSL consortium is what allows Westerly patrons to order books and other items from any Rhode Island library and have them delivered within a few …

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has announced that its Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program has raised nearly $762,000 for awards this fall to 165 student veterans attending colleges across the country.

I was a drama major in college when I first became familiar with a Japanese play called “Rashomon,” written by Akira Kurosawa. It had a thought-provoking, curious message offering that any important incident or event is given different interpretations or descriptions, depending upon the indi…

I saw him and wondered what he was doing. He was following the camera man. While most people were watching the band, my eyes caught this little drama in front of the stage. The man with the camera kept crossing back and forth while capturing images that were projected on the the screens abov…

In her letter of Aug. 17 (“Elected officials must face homelessness head-on”) Audrey Mead gets it backward. Homelessness has been created by zoning laws and building codes that have pushed up the cost of housing. If you look along East Avenue in Westerly, you will see a lot of small houses t…

James Mageau needs to stop playing the “what about” game when it comes to Trump’s racism. Democrats (and the precious few Republicans left with the slightest shred of decency) are calling Trump a racist because he is a racist. The evidence has been abundantly clear for decades, going back to…

Did you know that we have a film club at Westerly Library? It works like a book club, but instead of books, we borrow DVDs from the library system (or, of course, you can watch them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) Each month we will choose three films, and watch them on our own at home for d…

For many Westerly Sun readers, all eyes are on the activities related to Westerly’s 350th anniversary activities, especially the upcoming Olde Tyme Fair on Aug. 24. But the League of Women Voters (LWV) would like to remind readers of another anniversary: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the …

We were packing the cars to leave. All of a sudden a little dog came strutting out from behind the building. He came up to us. He started sniffing around, barked a couple of times, and then wandered off. I immediately looked around to see if I could find his owner. I didn’t see anyone. I sta…

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, or ASMFC, has determined (again!) that the number of spawning Atlantic striped bass is below the required threshold to maintain proper “recruitment” (newborns), and therefore, sustainable population abundance. The logical conclusion is to rest…