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…

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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…

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…

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…

If you walk along the road that runs parallel to the Charlestown Town Beach, heading toward the breachway, you’ll find a town-owned public path that leads to the beach. Next to the path is sign that says “No Public Access.”

In last Sunday’s Westerly Sun there are two letters supporting Charlestown Citizens Alliance candidates for town offices this November. One letter extols the performance of Ruth Platner as the chairwoman of the Planning Commission. The other letter tries to portray the performance of the CCA…

A local letter-writer wrote that the people of Westerly should be ashamed to claim Columbus. Truth be told, Columbus NEVER set foot on any soil now part of the United States. From the beginning, Columbus as a discoverer of our America was just a myth, a new country that needed a hero!

Electing Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Sheila Andrew, Cody Clarkin, Susan Cooper, Bonnie Van Slyke, and David Wilkinson and Planning Commission candidates Gordon Foer, Walter “Peter” Mahony, Frances Topping, and me, Ruth Platner is important to our environment, our tax rate…

As our local elections near, elected Charlestown Citizens Alliance members of the Town Council, Planning Commission and others in town government should be proud of the civil, open, and well-run local government that has been achieved amid one of the most politically divisive times in our na…

I am writing this letter to endorse Greg Howard for the 43rd District state representative seat representing Stonington and North Stonington. Greg is a dedicated first responder who has served the communities he has lived in for over 25 years, whether it be in emergency response or public sa…

I thank the diverse group of talented Charlestown citizens who stepped forward to run for elected office as endorsed candidates of Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA). And, I apologize for the Charlestown residents who have chosen to mimic the vitriol of the 2020 national election in an atte…

A look to history and the record of Charlestown Residents United (CRU) shows a concert venue that could accommodate up to 12,000 people and provide approximately 3,500 parking spaces in the park is their vision for commercializing Ninigret Park.

Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Bonnie Van Slyke, Susan Cooper, Cody Clarkin, David Wilkinson and Sheila Andrew, and Planning Commission candidates Ruth Platner, Gordon Foer, Frances Topping, and Walter Mahony, are proven leaders whose experience and integrity prepare them to…

I’m writing this letter today asking the people of the 43rd District to vote for Greg Howard. I have known him for some time now and find him a person who not only cares about his job and family but he also is a person who cares about his community.

Residents of Rhode Island Senate District 34 deserve Jennifer Douglas to be their new state senator. Jen is a health care worker who sees firsthand the struggles and concerns of our community. She has not yet been elected but has already been working in partnership with the Rhode Island Poli…

In her Oct. 9 letter to the editor, Donna Chambers’ claim that David Wilkinson “… was singularly instrumental in getting the (Charlestown) tax-rate reduction …” is completely false. It is also a disservice and an insult to the Budget Commission members for all the time and effort they spent …

In the Oct. 3 Westerly Sun we learn “Trump heads to hospital” after a positive coronavirus test. Let me get this straight: In Trump world, John McCain’s a loser for unavoidably getting captured in war, but Trump’s a hero for avoidably falling ill to the coronavirus that, nine months after it…

I am gravely concerned about the state of our nation. The GOP’s seeming callousness towards the health of “blue states” is indicative of the lengths to which they will go to retain power. This says they are willing to commit negligent manslaughter and speaks volumes of their eagerness to kil…

Well done ! We are pleased that the Westerly Town Council agreed to send section 260.73 in the Comprehension Plan which concerns golf courses, back to the planning board for further consideration. We look forward to the planning board following through with this.

Charlestown deserves a government that will protect our quality of life, our low tax rate, and our beautiful environment. To accomplish this, Charlestown Town Council candidates Sheila Andrew, Cody Clarkin, Susan Cooper, Bonnie Van Slyke, and David Wilkinson offer these commitments:

I for one was not surprised at the complete lack of decorum during the first presidential debate. I believe that Chris Wallace of Fox News made a respectable effort; however, the two competing personalities are diametrically opposed ideologically, coupled with their obvious dislike for each …

With all the transparency being claimed by town officials, several things are still not clear. For one thing, how did the endorsed development of the Winnapaug Golf Club property make its way into the new town Comprehensive Plan? There are four golf courses in Westerly. However, only the fin…

With regard to the ongoing School Building project, many if not most community members don’t fully understand how we arrived where we are today. In 2016, the $38M elementary building plan involved renovating Bradford, Dunn’s Corners and Springbrook Schools. At that time we had excess buildin…

What we have now in the Democratic Party, their media stooges and their local vocal robotic useful idiots is a collective version of a modern-day Madame Defarge. That’s a reference to the classic Dickens novel, “A Tale of Two Cities.” If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

I applaud the civil discourse on display at the Westerly Town Council Forum (hosted by the League of Women Voters South County chapter on Oct. 2). Candidates voiced their honest opinions on subjects ranging from the sale of the Tower Street property (and how the proceeds should be used) to w…

With so-called Columbus Day upon us, I need us to reflect as a community on our values in the context of Westerly’s attachment to the holiday and to the statue outside the library. Nationwide, people are deciding the old idols to white supremacy and genocide cannot stand any more. Columbus w…

The Charlestown Citizens Alliance endorsed candidates represent all of Charlestown not just the interests of those in a few particular areas. Each of these candidates represents all of the town, but they also live all over our town. Their homes are dispersed from the northeast border with Ri…

Place matters. We all know that. That place could be this diverse and jagged world, or this great country, neither of which we can influence greatly. The place I’m talking about is Charlestown — our town — and you have great influence to elect smart and responsive leadership in the candidate…

I served a term on Charlestown’s Planning Commission prior to service on the Town Council. There is a misguided notion that the Planning Commission works to discourage economic development. I saw no evidence of that.

A Master Plan Public Informational Meeting for a 250-acre solar project alongside I-95 northbound went before the Hopkinton Planning Board Wednesday. The property has been zoned Commercial Special for 30 years. All uses allowed in the commercial zone and more are apparently allowed here.

As a resident of Charlestown, I will cast my vote for candidates who have impressive records of accomplishment. Town Council candidates Sheila Andrew, Cody Clarkin, Susan Cooper, Bonnie Van Slyke, and David Wilkinson, Planning Commission candidates Gordon Foer, Walter “Peter” Mahony, Ruth Pl…

Further development of the Winnapaug golf course has led to some confusion over the details, but the actual plans show that this is a $150 million project that includes four bedroom “cottages” on the 13th green, a hotel where the parking lot is now, dormitory work force housing right of the …

Why should you vote for Deborah Carney? A committed, thoughtful, thorough, unencumbered, independent thinker, Deb Carney pays close attention to the details and listens to her local community. She is energetic and has an excellent memory. Deb can remember a report from an initiative from yea…

David Wilkinson is running for re-election to the Charlestown Town Council. In his first term, he demonstrated his business savvy by getting to the heart of budget issues and was singularly instrumental in getting the tax rate reduced to its present level.

In response to Mr. Donovan’s recent letter to the editor, Mr. and Mrs. Scola DID attend a meeting of neighbors abutting Winnapaug Golf Course in the summer of 2019. I’m sure the 20 or so residents in attendance would be happy to take a lie-detector test. At said meeting, the very first words…

There have been many articles addressing the upcoming council election in Charlestown. There’s no shortage of speculation by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance as to what their opposition desires. With this in mind, I’d like to share with you what I, and my fellow Charlestown Residents United…

I am writing to you to let you know that I am running for Westerly Town Council, and I am asking for your support for the campaign, and for your vote on Tuesday Nov. 3. I previously served on the council for six consecutive terms from 2002 until 2014, having also served as vice president. Af…

As a businessman operating a small marina in Southeastern Connecticut, I want to acknowledge the leadership of state Sen. Heather Somers. She fought hard to see that we were designated as an essential business and allowed to stay open during the pandemic. We take every precaution to keep our…

Running for probate judge is not an easy thing to do. It is not a sexy position, and most people do not know who their probate judge is: until you need one.