The conclusions in “Pelosi: It’s simple case of bribery,” which appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Sun, fall short of actual extortion activity but is a little better than the Latin playground “quid pro quo” la di da “Don’t Worry Be Happy” innocence. On national TV during the 2016 DNC conv…

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When September comes, it’s time for some folks to start their fall cleaning. I came upon some pictures of my deceased twin this September. She passed some 11 years ago. I miss her dearly. You could say we were joined at the hip.

My father’s name is Frederick A. Stanley. He was a fire chief. Not just any old fire chief, either. No, that never would have been good enough for him. For him, only the greatest fire chief most firemen in Rhode Island will ever have the privilege of knowing would do — so that was what he se…

In summer I earn “casino cash” working the local beach area. People often ask what the highlights are besides the beach. I refer them to downtown Westerly particularly the library and the park. I tell them that the Columbus statue is Westerly granite and was carved by local artisans. I also …

I strongly object to Councilor Carney’s creation of a parallel budget committee to draft a fund balance policy. Her action demonstrates contempt for the established channels that have brought us a low tax rate and a management team that delivers outstanding services. At the November agenda-s…

Imagine the Rhode Island state veterinarian and the Rhode Island SPCA demanding to enter your home without a search warrant and if you denied them access being fined $350 per day until they obtained a search warrant. The legislation was House Bill No. 5297 introduced in the last General Asse…

Thanksgiving is next week and I suspect when you think of errands you need to run and places you need to go to get ready for the holiday, you don’t think of the library. Instead, most people are either figuring out their travel plans, or thinking of errands involving the grocery store and re…

In response to Jay Lustgarten’s letter of Friday, Nov. 15: While I appreciate the sentiment of wanting to acknowledge Native Americans by placing a statue in Westerly, you suggested the park. Perhaps you are unaware that Watch Hill is a part of Westerly and there is already a statue honoring…

We have all heard the term “probate.” But, we may not be exactly sure what this means. It may sound daunting, but don’t be intimidated by the phrase. From the Latin for “to prove,” probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a last will and testament of a deceased person and th…

I love the radio. I remember listening to Brad Davis and Bob Steele as a teenager. There is so much to hear. I’d stay up on New Year’s Eve and record the top 100 hits from WDRC on my cassette recorder. Today I go back and forth between Jimmy and Shelly on WCTY and Lee Elci on 94.9 in the mor…

Wilcox Park is Westerly’s well deserved town jewel with an impressive Cristoforo Columbo statue to the northeast side of our treasured library. Overcoming predictions of a flat world that he was destined to fall off and challenging financing, he ventured into the great unknown but did not “d…

Hopkinton Town Councilor Sharon Davis made a statement at a Feb. 6 Planning Board meeting that Hopkinton uses 99.77 mW of energy every day. I spoke with her there, and Sharon was kind enough to share her handwritten notes with me. I looked them over and I emailed her what I understand to be …

There has been a change in the Westerly-Pawcatuck economy that I have not seen in the past 70 or so years. Most of our heavy industry has left the area. I cannot recall seeing so many well-built houses abandoned, with no attempt to sell. In addition, a large number have “For Sale” signs affixed.

Happy Veterans Day, and a resounding “Thank You” to all of our friends who have served in the military, near and far! Every year we celebrate this federal holiday (always on Nov. 11, save for a few strange years in the ’70s when it was switched to the fourth Monday in October), and yet there…

    With the huge swaths of land being completely stripped of all vegetation in Hopkinton for solar utilities, our wildlife has been put in a perilous position just in time for the cold weather. Their nests, holes, hovels, have all been destroyed. Their food is gone. Any stored/hidden food is go…

      I am going to my girlfriend’s 72nd birthday. As long as there is a 7 before your age, you are not old. She was scared she did not have a long future. But she has a full life of adventures, friends, chocolate and wine. Except for a few aches and pains and CAT scans. Those bad memories seem to…

      As is my custom this time of year, I make it a point to remind everyone who is in the Alzheimer's caregiving role how important it is to be prepared for the holidays. Truth be told, the things I'm going to be sharing with you today you can use year around whenever a big gathering is on the agenda.

      He said, “I could use your help. We have our banquet coming up and I thought the kids would like to have their pictures taken with someone famous.” I have to confess that I don’t think of myself in that way. I’m out and about and have done a lot in the community. So people tend to recognize …

      In a recent letter by Phil Gingerella, he asked how can an inert gas that is 4% of the atmosphere change the climate, implying he doesn’t believe it can. Science has proven that it can and it is. The greenhouse effect of CO2 was proven by John Tyndall in 1862. The more CO2, the more greenhou…

      In “Beyond Meat’s future is beyond the kitchen” in The Westerly Sun on Oct 30 is well-timed as we straight-line full speed ahead to the 4T’s: “Thanksgiving Turkey Torture Time.” Nicely done irony with the “Pet owners spend $450 million on Halloween costumes” cartoon resting on “Beyond Meat” …

      I am a current student at Providence College studying health policy and management, and I have recently begun volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter. Through my education of our current health care system, I have developed a passion for the quality of care of the ag…

      True confession — I have never been a member of a book group. I think they are a great idea, but when I think about them, I start to feel the familiar anxiety of school days. What if I have nothing insightful to add? What if I just don’t understand? Then I remind myself, no one cares enough …

      In response to a recent letter by Phil Gingerella, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security. On Sept. 24, 64 senior military and security leaders endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It’s signed by Rear Adm. David Titley, former oce…

      It hit me just the other day. When you’re a child, you get invited to birthday parties. You have cake and ice cream, laugh and talk with your friends, and plan what you’re going to be when you grow up. You yearn for the future.

      Last summer I was in Nashville for a conference. As I was walking through the airport I almost fell over a woman who looked like Joni Eareckson Tada. I came upon her as I was going around a corner. Mortified by the near mishap, I apologized. I looked at her and said, “Do you know who you loo…

      This eco-scam ain’t that hard to figure it out. But first, in case you missed it, there has been a few more laugh-out-loud moments on the global warming front it the past few weeks. Right after the UN released the latest fraud climate report, 500 real climatologists sent the organization a l…

      Prior to the last municipal election in North Stonington, I wrote to endorse the individual who is now our first selectman. His actions, though, over the past two years, have proven to me that it is not in the town’s best interest for him to be re-elected.

      I would like to comment on the photo “High Street symmetries” that was on the front page of the paper on Oct. 26. I love the photo with its multitude of colors, textures and reflections that are in the remaining installed windows. If it wasn’t for the hints in the photo that indicate its age…

      I have held both appointive and elective office in Hopkinton. Currently I am in my seventh term on the Hopkinton Town Council, and the terms are not consecutive! I have served from 1996-2004, then again from 2010-14, and again since last year. I lost two elections for town moderator while be…

      In my letter of Oct. 15, I made none of the claims attributed to me by Mr. James Mageau (Oct. 23). I merely observed that a properly designed and statistically sound sampling of public opinion gives reliable results. That sentiment is mathematically unassailable.

      We do a brisk business in travel guides here at the library. We have a great selection of very recent travel books for all sorts of other countries, and they are a very popular part of our collection. At the moment we have 2019 guides on our shelves for England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Fran…

      “Caught up in Trump impeachment, U.S. diplomats are now speaking out,” a recent Westerly Sun headline, is a little weaker than “Caught up in U.S. Constitution, Republican senators are now speaking up,” but it’s a start. Lindsey Graham and company traveled the 2016 primary “Never Trump” road,…

      The VFW this month is highlighting its success in securing benefits for veterans. In fiscal 2018, more than a half million veterans represented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars received more than $8.3 billion in disability compensation and pension benefits, exceeding the previous year's total…

      I saw his obituary in the paper. It read, “Raymond Booker Jr. (Phil) was born in Greenwich, CT ....” It went on to list his family and his work history. One thing it didn’t note was the number of lives he had changed through his faithful witness. Obituaries rarely do that. Only God knows how…

      In a recent “opinion” piece in another newspaper, a columnist urged voters to vote Democrat for first selectman in Stonington even though he admitted he did “not know a thing about the candidate endorsed by Democrats.” Wow! Talk about flying blind.

      My wife and I attended the Salt Marsh Opera’s performance of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” on Saturday evening at the George Kent Performance Hall. The quality of the performance of Salt Marsh Opera is yet another reason to celebrate living in Westerly.

      There’s a lot of buzz around Stonington’s First Selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough, and for good reason. In a climate that has caused many to shy away from talking politics, Danielle has created a palpable excitement amongst voters because of the fresh perspective she brings to the tab…

      Stonington first selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough is a woman who has unshakable integrity and an indomitable will! I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Danielle for the past 15 years but got to know her best while campaigning with her in 2017. I immediately respected her for her honesty …

      Through the work of the group Westerly Area Peace and Justice, Westerly/Pawcatuck became an International City of Peace. Our goal is to work with groups, organizations, institutions, associations, families and individuals in our community to create a culture of peace in which the inherent wo…