The social distancing guidelines that have affected our lives for almost 12 months now are certainly necessary for our physical health, but there is no denying that they can (and do) take a toll on our mental health. For older adults, especially, this effect can be profound. While we at the …

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As anticipated, we’re treated to the first response to my letter of Feb. 19. The theme of the response is that I didn’t present any science; quite so, nor was that my intent. The purpose of my article was clear; to present (once again) differing opinions within the scientific community regar…

Well, well, well. We experienced another diatribe from Mr. Joseph Sciarillo. I don’t really care about your two-minute cursory investigation of Mr. Latham’s resources as much as I care about the omission of your factual and credible resources, which you conveniently chose not to insert in yo…

I love my new kitchen knives. It’s funny because we were talking about knives at a Rotary Club meeting just before Christmas. That’s when I mentioned that mine were really dull. Someone suggested talking to Rotarians Bob and Suzanne Lane. They own the Gray Goose Cookery on Watch Hill Road in…

Have you noticed that “gun safety” laws increasingly criminalize law-abiding gun owners and do nothing to stop/reduce criminal gun violence and crime? News flash: criminals don’t care about following the law — that’s why they’re criminals. Rhode Island has many “gun laws” already on the book…

Something happened at our house this week that is very pleasant to report. Two Charlestown police officers arrived at our front door, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. They were here for the purpose of offering Charlestown senior residents over 75 assistance in getting appoi…

Rhode Islanders, if you want clean water, love Narragansett Bay and care about what we leave to future generations, then you can take action now by voting yes on Question 2 in our March 2 special election. Early voting is underway, so you can cast your vote now.

Upon reading the article in the Feb. 18 Westerly Sun concerning the proposed East Avenue condo development plans, there came feelings of a strong sense of a common parallel with concerns among many Westerly citizens. These citizens are concerned about how this development plan could have bee…

As a member of the Richmond Town Council, I do not make a living on being on the town council. I work a full-time job and a part-time job as a registered behavioral technician for two mental-health agencies, I am a full-time parent, and I’m a caregiver to my mom, who has multiple life-threat…

Despite the best efforts of some determined to educate their fellow citizens and Town Council regarding the pitfalls surrounding new-age zoning tools and the very questionable and possibly corrupt new “Official November 2019 Comp Plan Working Draft,” our Town Council would listen to none of …

On Thursday, Feb. 18, I read the story in The Sun about the proposed condo development on East Avenue. It got me thinking about an old saying: “It all depends upon whose ox is getting gored.” I went online searching for the origin of the saying. It seems that the saying’s origin has been los…

‘It was like going through hell,” he said. A friend had developed facial shingles, involving his ear, and despite medication the pain continued for weeks. So what is the best way to prevent an attack of shingles? Take action quickly. If you delay, you’ll wish you hadn’t when the pain from he…

I send this letter in to let people know what they might have to expect when they get their vaccine and also to inform those in charge in the hope that they will make improvements. This is not a good system for over-75s.

In a recent Sun Letter to the Editor, Mike Latham claims “there’s more than one opinion.” The letter sets up the argument between what he calls alarmists and skeptics. The alarmists are the bad guys that blame global warming on human use of fossil fuels that releases carbon into the atmosphe…

In a year like this, it feels like there is no reason not to spread holidays out longer than the one calendar day they’re given (you don’t want to know how long I left my Christmas tree up.) So, even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there’s no reason not to keep the romance alive. The libr…

A New Englander who decamped the colonies for England, I watch U.S. politics with some anxiety. I am accustomed to the prevalent view overseas that U.S. politics is theater. I continually squirm in my Royal Circle seat watching Democrat and Republican players enter and exit from Stage Left a…

In these trying times, I am sure many of you have recently lost your jobs. 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 nig…

When the team played their games at the Hartford Civic Center, my friend, Leon, invited me to go to watch the UConn Huskies basketball team. (This was before it was renamed the XL Center.) I was pretty excited. The crowd was electrifying. The cheering, the clapping, the anticipation, all add…

Since the late 1980s, we’ve all listened to the ongoing (raging) debate regarding Earth’s climate changes. The “climate alarmists” would have us believe that man’s burning of fossil fuels is the root cause of all weather-related phenomena (attribute same to the release of carbon dioxide into…

As fallout over the impeachment trial continues, I find myself wondering why Republican voters so desperately wanted Donald Trump acquitted for a second time, despite clear wrongdoing.

I watched intently, the first two days of the House prosecution team, stumble through a pathetic attempt to justify their case against former President Trump. Then, on the third day, I observed a legal defense team for President Trump decimate the prosecution’s case. The first defense lawyer…

In December, HBO aired the documentary “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” which told of how the British band faced both professional and personal hardships in the wake of the anti-disco backlash, despite an impressive run from 1975-79 that included eight No. 1 hits and five Top…

In mid-November, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance kicked off a campaign seeking donations to ease the burden on neighbors experiencing food insecurity in their daily lives. Coupled with the hardships imposed by the COVID pandemic, food shortages were the principal obstacles for our less for…

It’s plainly evident that many people are eating too much. But several serious eating disorders can be harder to see, especially when they deliberately hide the problem. Recent research indicates that pandemic-related stay-at-home orders have ramped up anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorders.

This pandemic has taught us a lot. As the months have ticked by, the feelings of isolation have increased and the sense of belonging to a community outside our homes has waned. We have had to look deep within ourselves for meaning and purpose. But I believe the end is in sight and the future…

The new books (as well as DVDs and audio CDs) have been flying in lately! There are so many great new releases, from absolutely fascinating tomes about the most esoteric of subjects to books on social issues to the latest novels by popular authors like James Patterson and Danielle Steel. No …

I heard Leslie Huikko speak to a group a few weeks ago, and she wasn’t just the requisite speaker recruited for a meeting, she was compelling because she made sense. A lot of it.

I can imagine that the last word you want to hear about in these times of trying to stay loyal to your New Year’s resolutions is the “D” word, or diet. That said, your diet can and does play an important role in brain health. I went to ALZ.org to learn more about diet and brain health, and w…

I watched in horror as it came tumbling down. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion. I tried to reach out to grab anything I could put my hands on. I wanted to minimize some of the damage. Within a few seconds the bookcase, with my entire presidential library, was reduced to rubble. Eve…

Thank you, Sharon Martin of Richmond Elementary School fame, for unlocking the fun school Fruit & Veggie Challenge that her students have risen to during these pandemic times. Dressing as an avocado or pickle, learning in person or online, hydroponic or in the ground, pea shoots or colla…

Readers will note from my prior letters that I am not a fan of former President Trump! Nevertheless, I believe that the current impeachment trial in the Senate is unconstitutional. The Constitution clearly states that a private citizen cannot be tried by a legislative body. Impeachment is si…

To say my late father, Robert A. Booth, was a colorful man was an understatement. Like no few of his generation, unrestrained by political correctness, I remember countless aphorisms with a smile. Some not.

The Sun published an editorial from the Connecticut Post in the Feb. 7 edition. It addressed the impact of the anti-vaxxers on controlling the COVID-19 epidemic. As a pediatrician, it is unfathomable to me that any parent could live with themselves if their child suffered grievous damage or …

Professional sporting events have never been entirely about the game. Team owners, player sponsorships, media contracts, ticket sales, and merchandising licenses are the playgrounds of big business. But the tiniest of offensive players, the novel coronavirus, has upended the sporting world. …

My recent obsession is to search on Airbnb, looking at places in faraway (and even not-so-faraway) destinations. I love looking at the photos of the hosts’ homes and the local sights and landmarks. At the moment, I am fixated on Iceland, but the location I search could change at any moment d…

With winter’s coldest months upon us, we are all looking for ways to beat the frigid temperatures. Local residents want to know how to stay warm and safe this winter. Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 280 Americans each year. Your local fire department wants you to know that w…

Have you ever tried to get dressed in the dark? I have. I’m up early on Sunday mornings. I don’t want to bother Lori so I grab my clothes, get dressed and get out of the bedroom without turning on the lights. There’s normally just enough ambient light to see what I need to see. The problem w…

The first 100 days of Biden’s presidency are under way and I’m hoping that he and Congress will make reforming our democracy a top priority. The best way to do that is by passing the For the People Act.

It seems that the council must have anticipated Mr. Angelo’s Jan. 29 letter to the editor. He writes that at the Jan. 20 public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan, not one of the councilors knew what the term “form-based code” meant. In fact, some went scrambling to their cell phones to look…

There are two classical reasons the Electoral College is unfair. First, states get one elector for each representative and one for each senator, so small states get more electors per capita. For example, here in Rhode Island, there is about 1 elector per 250,000 people. In New York, they hav…

Hundreds of Rhode Island households in need of warmth last winter received assistance thanks to those who donated to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. With the arrival of colder winter temperatures once again, even more Rhode Island families are in financial difficulty due to the devastating im…

Lately, I find myself forgetting things at an alarming rate. In order to not panic, I chalk it up to stress taking its toll. I tend to stress under normal circumstances, but let’s face it, 2021 is making 2020 look like a walk in the park. Anyway, through very minimum research and skimming ov…