In 2016, the Westerly School Committee put together a project totaling $38.5 million to address years of neglected maintenance districtwide as well as some new upgrades required by changing state (RIDE) requirements. The referendum failed.

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Mr. Glista’s recent letter to the editor was his best effort at an “October Surprise” but failed to address past issues truthfully and left Charlestown Resident United once again with egg on its face for its disingenuous, revisionist history. As a proud member of the Charlestown Citizens All…

My last letter to the editor had to be reduced due to word limitations. Recently, I was asked by voters, “What else has Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) done that we don’t know about?” So I decided to give the readers Part 2 of “Did You Know?” Part 1 was published Oct. 24.

Most people do not fully appreciate how lop-sided the Rhode Island General Assembly is. The Republicans have not won control of the Rhode Island state Senate since 1956, over 60 years ago. It is even longer for Republicans in the Rhode Island House of Representatives — more than 80 years. To…

State Sen. Elaine Morgan defended her no vote on the Uniform Parentage Act on a recent Facebook post after constituents called her out on it. This legislation was updated in 2020 to establish parental rights for LGBTQ families. In the past, families who had a non-biological same-sex parent w…

Sen. Morgan never stopped working for the citizens during the COVID-19 shutdown of the Rhode Island General Assembly. Elaine continued to respond to and assist constituents with many different issues involving a variety of state agencies such as unemployment and TDI benefits, health care, DM…

I am pleased to express my enthusiastic support of Beth Ladwig Leamon for the position of judge of probate in the towns of Ledyard, Groton, North Stonington, and Stonington. I urge the people of the 30th District, regardless of their political affiliation, to consider the specific experience…

This letter is to encourage you to take advantage of the early voting available in Charlestown. You can vote early at the town hall during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) through Nov. 2. Normal voting at your assigned voting place will take place on Nov. 3.

At stake in this election are Charlestown’s stable, low taxes that depend on keeping infrastructure costs low and its financial rating high; our tourist economy that depends on attracting tourists to our beautiful town; our health that depends on clean water to drink and clean air to breathe…

While falling asleep recently, I thought on the multiple ways I’ve been fortunate to enjoy nature and the outdoors — notably, all in Westerly — just in our lovely month of October. A few days ago, while my son had informal lacrosse practice at the Bradford Fields (in a pleasing alliance betw…

In this year’s Charlestown Town Council race, you will find independent Town Council candidates Bonnita “Bonnie” Van Slyke, Susan Cooper, Cody Clarkin, David Wilkinson and Sheila Andrew together, at the bottom of the ballot.

I bought my first house in Charlestown in 1985, married, raised a family, and am truly thankful to live here. Back then housing was more affordable, but over time our town’s coastal charms have attracted wealthier summer residents and retirees.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Tim Killam for over three years since I first moved here to Westerly. Tim is always willing to help me with questions with school or community, especially because I hardly knew anyone for support when I moved here. I highly recommend voting for Tim without …

I’m writing this letter in support of Christine Cooke for the School Committee. Yes, I’m a Democrat supporting a Republican, but to me she has proved she is a leader who listens to the people. It isn’t just for show ... she knows it takes everybody’s input from both sides. I have talked to h…

There’s an old adage that “when white folks catch a cold, black folks get pneumonia.” The COVID-19 epidemic has made it deadly clear. Throughout North America, wherever data is tracked, people of African heritage have higher coronavirus infection rates, higher death rates of COVID-19, and ar…

As the current president of the Rotary Club of Westerly, I cannot thank this shared community enough for the vigorous outpouring of love and generosity given to 4-year-old Ryder and the Keep Ryder Riding Radiothon held this past Wednesday.

“Education is not the filling of a pail; it is the lighting of a fire.” The poet Yeats uttered this phrase many years ago yet it couldn’t be any truer today. As candidates for the Westerly School Committee, we believe that our schools need to ignite a desire to question, to investigate, to s…

Experience matters in the probate court. In deciding sensitive personal and family matters, it is important to have a judge with a deep understanding of the law, unimpeachable integrity and a profound sense of empathy. That’s why I’m voting for Beth Leamon as judge of probate for Connecticut…

I have common ground with Mike Latham’s Oct. 14 “Trump comes out the winner on the issues” letter, but not the alternative-universe justifications on the major issues. Here in the real world, Trump’s issue winners are gun madness (time for another mass shooting?), climate change acceleration…

Like all kids, I looked forward to Halloween each year because it conjured up all kinds of emotions, running the gamut from screams to giggles, and all of them gloriously wrapped around candy bars. Back then there were no “fun-size” bars — they were all big — and how my teeth ached with chil…

WaterFire Providence announces the 2020 WaterFire Salute to Veterans online video premiere screening on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. on WaterFire Providence’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels. The program will also be broadcast on Rhode Island PBS.

In The Westerly Sun letters to the editor on Oct. 17, Cliff Vanover, a leader of Charlestown Citizens Alliance, published a letter that contained so many misstatements that a response is needed. I realize that these “dueling” letters put the citizens of Charlestown in the middle, but I would…

Dorothy caught me as I was coming into the office. “Now just tell me,” she said. “I am curious. I know it wasn’t Ray because he hasn’t been around. Was it you who got into the candy downstairs?” A moment later, my administrative assistant shook her head, smiled, and said, “I thought so.” I h…

In her letter titled, “A look back at the record on Ninigret Park’s History” (The Westerly Sun, Oct. 15, 2020), Bonnie Van Slyke not only confuses the history of the park, she omitted significant parts of it.

Suzanne Axelsson, of interactionimagination.com, an early childhood advocate/educator, writes of the “Observer” child, the quiet one who may seem as though they’re not “playing” with others: “What these children are doing is decoding the play they see. They are learning how every child works…

I am seeking my first elected term on the Westerly School Committee. I was appointed in March of 2019 by the Town Council to fill an open vacancy created by the passing of former Westerly School Committee member Patricia Panciera.

Perhaps the most disturbing element of the Trump regime is the persistent tyranny of the minority. Despite losing the popular vote by almost three million, and despite a small Republican majority in the Senate, which represents well under half the population, almost everything they have done…

Remember the Seaweed Guy? The guy who, the summer before COVID-19, was arrested for collecting seaweed on the beach, a right given to every Rhode Islander by our state Constitution? Remember? Well, he won a wrongful arrest case and went on to inspire pending bipartisan legislation to decrimi…

As we vote this year, there are many important issues on the ballot, and I want to encourage our South County community to move us forward as a better Rhode Island by voting yes on Ballot Question 1 to officially remove and Providence Plantations from the Rhode Island state name. I lived in …

This morning, I awoke to the news of another rally-turned-riot last night in Providence. The rally was described as an opportunity to express support for the victim and demand justice after an “officer-involved” moped crash. I wasn’t there, and can’t make any educated statements about the de…

When did Rhode Islanders consent to indefinitely sacrificing our democracy for a monarchy? Have we simply lopped off an entire branch of government and determined checks and balances unnecessary? Is representation no longer a constitutional right? Seven months into the removal of our General…

Records indicate that the Westerly Town Council stood up the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) in 2015. Until most recently the CPAC has labored in relative obscurity, to the point where it failed to comply with R.I.G.L. Section 45-22.2-7(d). The Westerly Town Council, town offici…

I am writing this letter on behalf of Becky Fowler. I believe that she is a great candidate for the school committee position. I have known Becky for many years through Littlebrook Child Development Center. Her two oldest children attended the preschool and her youngest is currently enrolled…

What do former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Gifford-Jones have in common? They were both born the same year and have remarkable staying power! But Carter has lived under the shadow of pancreatic cancer all his life. His father, brother, and two sisters died of this disease, and his mother…

I am not a racist. I make this candid statement to avert such an unfounded charge against me in response to the position I will herein assert against changing the formal historical name of our state by deleting the words “Providence Plantations.”

Amid the current flurry of political activity, I’ve had the amazing opportunity (while masked and socially distanced) to help Town Council candidates Sheila Andrew and Susan Cooper canvass door-to-door. The energy and commitment of these two Charlestown Citizens Alliance candidates is truly …

Ineffective communication is characterized by lack of facts, focus and transparency. In local government, this is the “fault” of no one but, rather, the end result of unclear policies and procedures combined with turnover in key positions over the years.

The Rhode Island Republican Party enthusiastically endorses the candidacy of Stephen Stokes and Grace Klinger for Charlestown Town Council. These two individual candidates are fair, well-informed, have sound judgment, and are committed and focused on community goals. Stephen and Grace have a…

Have you seen the Netflix documentary called “My Octopus Teacher”? I was hesitant to watch but curiosity got the better of me, as it usually does. Despite the human in the film, Craig, being slightly melodramatic (no, Craig, you do not know what it feels like to have a limb ripped off by a s…

This letter is submitted to advocate for my re-election to the Hopkinton Town Council. My candidacy is unique among all the candidates. I am the only one to have served multiple terms on the town council. If re-elected, I will start my eighth non-consecutive term. I have been running every t…

I’ve lived in Richmond since 1989, and in recent years have been distressed to witness the clear-cutting of acres upon acres of trees in our district for the installation of solar farms. Megan Cotter, candidate for House District 39, understands that clearcutting and indiscriminate placement…

The probate court process is an important part of our community. Often complicated and serious issues are at stake that are very personal to families at some of the hardest and most difficult times. I encourage anyone who reads this to cast their vote for Attorney Sal Ritacco to be the next …

Heather Somers’ voting record does not fully support women. She has voted against paid family leave, against a gradual minimum wage increase, and more recently against a bill that would provide free feminine hygiene products in all middle and high school bathrooms. The bill, championed by yo…

At some point in time, everyone is going to need a lawyer. Whether you are buying a home, have been injured in an accident, hurt on the job, evicting a tenant, need a will or, God forbid, in trouble with the law, the time will eventually come. The question you will then face is how do you ch…