In response to Bonnie Van Slyke’s recent letter implying that I was somehow on board with the proposed $2.5 million purchase of beachfront property, with a non-refundable deposit, I present the following facts:

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Why does this statue in Wilcox Park cause a problem, issue, or question Columbus’ “treatment of indigenous people and his role (if true?) in the slave trade”? Why should his past history of behavior matter to our generation, I ask? The article by Dale Faulkner concerning the death of George …

An effective vaccine against the coronavirus may be the only way to end the pandemic. Wouldn’t we all love a return to social normalcy and easier sleep? But until scientists deliver a vaccine, or until the virus runs its course and goes away, we need to use other measures. Among them, medica…

As a child, I was obsessed with all things Bigfoot, aliens, Nostradamus … you get the picture. They are all still interesting subjects to me, but “obsessed” is probably too strong a word. Over a recent summer weekend, I read the new book by Max Brooks called “Devolution: a Firsthand Account …

Life lessons come from many people. I learned from my parents, wife, children, teachers, neighbors and clergy. Boy Scout leaders, coaches and army drill instructors taught me much. Mentors, supervisors, and colleagues added to the learning. Each person taught me something of value. None of t…

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 Facts and Figures Report, family members and friends provided nearly $244 billion in unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias last year.

I remember thinking, “I never want to see one of these waiting rooms again. I was sitting right outside the ICU at Yale-New Haven Hospital almost 30 years ago. Those waiting rooms are places where helplessness and frustration reign. In that room, you are confronted with the fact that sometim…

No, the Charlestown Town Council did not leave out facts about its discussion of an offer from an owner of 1 acre of beachfront property directly abutting Charlestown’s Town Beach to sell the property to the town, as alleged by Steven Williams in his letter published in The Westerly Sun on J…

I would like to express my support for Beth Leamon, a lifelong area resident, who is running for the Judge of Probate position vacated by Judge Nick Kepple. She is the Democratic-endorsed candidate for the position and I recommend voters support her candidacy for the Judge of Probate for the…

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures® report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 54,000 here in RI. Additionally, Alzheimer’s disease is a growing health crisis and the nation’s sixth-leading cause…

As we move forward with the upcoming elections, I wanted to express my support for Susan Cooper. Susan is focused on maintaining the natural resources of our town while listening to what our citizens want for our beautiful town. A retired attorney, she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment …

The Black Lives Matter movement, essentially grew/exploded from the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. The obvious inference from the name is that some significant portion of American society is of the belief that-black lives do not-matter. However, is that true, and how does one go about eit…

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re most definitely in the dog days of summer. You’ve probably said this yourself, at some point. But where does this puzzling phrase come from? Or for that matter, why do we mark clams as the epitome of happiness (“happy as a clam”), or proclaim that the “proo…

I have decided to vote again for our President Trump because he is a tough and strong leader (who should be!). The “Pres” has withstood continued attacks of hate, slander, criticisms and a failed impeachment attempt. The opposite party of Dems still refuses to accept the fact that the people…

Even with a modified schedule and social-distancing guidelines in place, this year’s Karl E. Kenyon Smokey Bear Parade did not disappoint. The fire prevention parade, which is held on the third Thursday of each July, is a tradition that has been a popular summer event in our shoreline commun…

To secure and preserve the right of self-government in all local matters, residents, voters and taxpayers of the town of Westerly demand that our elected and appointed town officials abide by and enforce the provisions of the ordained, adopted and established Westerly Town Charter and Wester…

Talk about feeling foolish. I pulled up to the gas pump. I got out and remembered that I had to release the fuel-door mechanism. That’s when I discovered that I had no clue as to where the lever was. I looked on the floor by the side of the seat. I looked on the dashboard to the left of the …

Our nation’s police men and women certainly have taken it on the chin with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. His death was horrific and hard for anyone to watch. Mr. Floyd was not a perfect person, in fact he was sentenced to jail terms eight times in his life for drug possession, …

“White House, GOP at odds” in the July 25 Sun peeks into the emerging Republican fissure that will “progressively” become the GOP story as polls increasingly reflect the administration’s abysmal COVID failure. Mr. Trump’s Feb. 27th “magically disappear” COVID strategy, fingers crossed, does …

Maria Parker’s letter raised some alarming issues about protecting our elections from voter fraud, so I looked into it, starting with the claim of a widespread effort to ban voter IDs. According to the U.S. government website usa.gov, voter identification is required in two-thirds of the sta…

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. I am joining participants of all ages in the fight against the disease on four dates in Rhode Island, Sept. 12, Sept. 13, Sept. 26 and Oct. 4.

I recently read in The Sun that there is currently a discussion among leadership of the library and the town of Westerly regarding the disposition of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Wilcox Park. I have read numerous books recently to better understand the real Christopher Columbus. One bo…

Many of us were appalled when out of the blue the Charlestown Town Council this month put the possible purchase of a beach house on the agenda with no information being provided beforehand, though it is my understanding this subject has been discussed by the council for a year.

In The Westerly Sun’s July 24 issue, Bonnie Van Slyke, one of Charlestown Citizen Alliance’s (CCA) Town Council members, responded to letters from me and Tim Quillen, both members of Charlestown Residents United (CRU). She accused CRU of publishing comments that were neither factual nor trut…

Once again, we conservative and independent voters are treated to multiple reasons/justification to vote for the Republican candidate in 2020, namely, President Trump. Curiously, the motivating factors are generally provided to us by our left-leaning friend, Jay Lustgarten, and the remnants …

We in this land don’t do things by halves, when we do them at all. It saddens me to see discussion of removal of our Columbus statue follow the short-term, briefly politically correct path a lot of me-too towns and states are hurrying down.

As part of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park’s phased reopening process, we are delighted to inform the public that we have now expanded access to include the children’s book, audiobook, and movie collections. Starting today, the Children’s Room will be open to browse, by appointment only. Pl…

The family of Carol and Raymond Bedard would like to express their gratitude to the following health care heroes: Dunns Corners Fire Department, Charlestown & Westerly Ambulance, Westerly Hospital, HopeHealth Hospice and Palliative Care RI and especially the Westerly Health Center and Bu…

In her July 23 letter, Maria Parker rails against mail ballots. Contrary to Trump’s relentless assertions, there is no evidence of Democratic corruption in voting by mail. In fact, the most egregious recent example of fraud was a Republican ballot-harvesting scheme in the 2018 elections in N…

Regarding Jay Lustgarten’s letter of July 23, there was much to respond to, but one egregious mischaracterization must be corrected. He lauds Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York for his response to COVID as opposed to the president’s.

I came around the corner. That’s when I saw it. It was like a beacon sending out a message of hope. The Bat Signal was shining brightly. It brought me right back to my childhood. I collected a number of comic books as I was growing up. They featured an array of heroes who always arrived in t…

There are some out-of-town people that come here to our beautiful state and enjoy our coastline, with its beautiful beaches. They spend money here and they even pick up after themselves. Thank you. Come back to Rhode Island anytime.

In these uncertain times in our country, I feel like I must take a moment to acknowledge an outstanding Westerly policeman. I recently had a minor accident and found myself unable to operate my vehicle, which had two blown tires. My cell had been left at home. This situation forced me to aba…

In defense of facts, Ruth Platner wrote a letter to The Westerly Sun on July 16 in which she pointed out that Charlestown Residents United (CRU) had misconstrued facts and created false rumors regarding a discussion in the Charlestown Town Council about whether an offer Charlestown had just …

Gail Blair has been sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in Wilcox Park, a public park in her hometown of Westerly, R.I., adjacent to the Westerly Public Library. Much to her surprise, the Memorial and Library Association, the organization that manages the public park and library, contacted the…

“Florida’s death toll could approach New York” in the July 15 Sun draws unfair comparisons, despite the misleading similar-state inferences. New York’s worst days (April 10-15) were in COVID adolescence when the severity and protective measures were very new to the country and lockdowns, man…

Whatever happened to Election Day? We used to register beforehand and then, on that day, when the polls opened, we would go in person to cast our ballot for those we wished to represent us in the halls of government.

Thank you to the Aldi’s grocery store in Westerly for sanitizing the grocery carriages.

There is an old Latin proverb that states “A guilty conscience needs no accuser.” In a recent letter to the editor at The Westerly Sun, Ruth Platner denounces conspiracy theorists on social media and quotes some of their responses to a Facebook post by Tim Quillen, chairman of the Charlestow…

Visiting the dentist is rarely a high priority, even in the best of times. We can always find reasons for delay. But what level of coronavirus threat should justify more waiting? There is increasing concern that all these closures of “non-essential” health care service providers may, in some…

Distractions, distractions. Parking and signs! That’s all Development Services Department (DSD) Zoning official Nathan Reichart had to report on in his overview of the 89 pages of proposed zoning changes to the council at its July 13, 2020, Committee of the Whole meeting. While residents hav…

It’s time for the people of Rhode Island to demand that Gov. Gina Raimondo and her left wing Democrat colleagues explain why the white people and others in this state are expected to fall on their knees to apologize for something they did not do. Why should anyone apologize to a bunch of sub…

“The room where it happens” has been playing in my head, on loop, for two weeks now. Not because of the similarly-titled book, “The Room Where it Happened,” by former National Security Advisor John Bolton (though this is now available for checkout at the library, if you’re interested). No, t…

I so enjoyed Rona Mann’s piece titled “Remembering Daddy’s Chevy Bel Air.” In 1956, I met my future husband at the Crystal Lake Ballroom in Ellington, Conn. A large group of well-known musicians was performing polkas and swing tunes there for a big crowd. I had gone to this grand ballroom wi…