This is a pivotal and crucial week for two most important issues at stake between the forces of evil — Satan — and the forces of good — God; the Christians who believe and uphold human life in the womb as they again demonstrate in our Capitol, and our people of justice who support our presid…

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Regarding the story “UConn puts dollar signs on its impact,” in the Jan. 23 issue of The Sun, I applaud the analysis, suggesting that the educational investment we make in our colleges actually has a significant return. The aspect that was not included was what it would cost the state to not…

As we commemorate the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it has to be stated that for many people the right to abortion has been taken away. This is especially true of women of color, who already struggle with health disparities.

When the state’s budget writers came out with a spending plan for fiscal year 2021, there was something very important missing: nearly $900,000 in state aid to regional school districts. Students and municipal taxpayers alike cannot continue to absorb these unfair cuts as part of the state’s…

Faith LaBossiere has an interesting view on her attendance record on the Parks & Recreation Commission. In a recent Letter to the Editor she boasts about attending 50 percent of the meetings. In my career as a college professor, I consider 50 percent a failing grade.

“RAIMONDO’S GOAL: 100% RENEWABLE!” Italics? Gold-plated? Gov. Raimondo gets it, and we’re not talking getting democracy-destroying fossil-fuel campaign contributions. People want climate action, not offshore drilling, as climate change-intensified wildfires become front porch news in Austral…

Scott Keeley objects to characterization of his dispute over ownership of beach rights as a provocation (Jan 18). How else might we interpret the photo of Keeley casually ignoring “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs while strolling along beach-front properties?

I did not attend the Jan. 16 Chariho budget meeting. Instead, I was at the annual dinner meeting of the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust. This is chaired by Mark Stankiewicz, town administrator of Charlestown. He came over to me at the reception before the dinner and we talked. …

I was startled and dismayed to read in the recently published Sun article “Filippi to brief Charlestown council on shoreline access a statement attributed to Town Council President Virginia Lee characterizing my trespass arrest this past summer as one that I provoked: “Because of the provoke…

On Jan. 11 a story ran in The Sun on the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s (RIAC’s) view of the Comprehensive Plan currently under review and revision. The article referred to a letter recently sent by RIAC to Westerly’s town planner, Nancy Letendre. RIAC wants to ensure that a state-requir…

It’s a new year, a new decade and a new sensibility with the Jan. 10 story in The Sun titled “Ruggerio sponsors plastic bag legislation.” Following Westerly (Jan. 1) and the State of Connecticut (Aug. 1) leaders, the Ocean State is right to adopt a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, w…

At December’s Town Council meeting, Councilor Carney objected to my reappointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission on the basis that I had attended “probably less than half of the meetings a year”. Let me provide the truth: In 2017 I attended 7 of 10 meetings; in 2018 I attended 4 of 8…

During the fall cleaning season, I decided to simplify my life. I do not need 50 books, three sets of dishes, 15 painting on the wall, and clothes I rarely wear. Time to start anew. Simplicity means taking our hands off the control buttons. Do we really need 10 pairs of shoes, eight sweaters…

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, I did not attend the annual Chariho Omnibus Meeting, which was held at Chariho. It was unusual for me not to attend. I head a Masonic organization, the Knights Templar in Westerly, and I was needed to attend to that organization.

Probably, most of you who don’t use the Amtrak train know that our station building has become an art studio and travelers do not have access to enter this facility any longer (because works of art are more important than the comfort of people waiting for trains, especially during inclement …

The Westerly Area Peace and Justice group rejects any escalation of violence in the Middle East. We strongly oppose Mr. Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s General Soleimani on Iraqi soil, reportedly by drone strike.

At Westerly High School in the late 1950s during one of our classes, I remember being taught that all of the American embassies around the world were sovereign to the United States. Later while serving in South Korea in the U.S Army, we learned that our embassy there was to be protected like…

Like many members of Patriot Nation, I’m disappointed in our 2019 season. Still, we look to the future with hope. I find it disingenuous for Coach Belichick to say “nobody has thought about the future.” Really? This is a business that reportedly generates $600 million per year in revenue, $2…

I first met Barry Ricci at the Charlestown Town Hall chamber, many years ago, where he gave a status report of the Chariho School system. I found him to be well informed and a persuasive person. He had a vision, and an action plan, to make continuous improvements to the school system, and to…

The Dec. 30 “Can you manage to keep up with the Joneses?” letter strikes an-end of-decade chord. “Can you manage to keep up with your best you” is more like it that cannot be shaped by “buying ‘stuff’ that will somehow make me look richer, younger or even thinner”? The author skeptically won…

Ronnie Gardiner was a senior at Westerly High School in 1950, and I was a sophomore. Most students at WHS at that time knew that Ronnie was a talented drummer and a great athlete who played football and baseball for the school.

This is in response to the George Tremblay letter titled, “Who qualifies to serve on boards in Charlestown?” published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Mr. Tremblay is a former town council member in his town. He was responding to comments about Charlestown and appointments, to quote “ … town counc…

The end of the season has come for the American Flag Fund Committee. Veterans Day was the last holiday of the season to set out all those beautiful American flags throughout the town, around 300 of them.

I grew up listening how bad things used to be or how bad they soon will be. So now, I compensate by buying “stuff” that will somehow make me look richer, younger, or even thinner. Before “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” our parents called it “keeping up with the Joneses.”

Barry Ricci was a hero, beloved by the children and families of Charlestown and all of us who were privileged to work with him at Town Hall. We mourn his loss and we extend heartfelt condolences to the Ricci family.

“All the kids, all the time,” said Barry Ricci, and Barry made each and every resident of the Chariho community proud to be a member of the regional towns. Whether or not one had children in the Chariho Schools, residents had confidence that the next generation was being carefully nurtured a…

The death of Barry Ricci, Chariho superintendent of schools, is a sad time for the local Chariho region. I last saw him at a great event for our local school district, the celebration of success for a great honor that Ashaway Elementary School achieved.

The members of the Ashaway Volunteer Fire Association, upon learning about Miles Bishop, without hesitation dedicated the 2019 Ashaway Village Holiday Stroll fireworks to him. Miles is a very brave young man from Hope Valley who is battling a very serious illness. Even though John Ruggieri a…

The end of the year is upon us, and I am continually amazed at how fast time flies! During this contemplative moment, Charlestown Residents United wanted to take time to reflect and thank you for helping to make the following accomplishments possible.

The Westerly Comprehensive Plan currently under review identifies some select social service agencies and programs functioning in our town. The narrative section acknowledges the effectiveness of the Basic Needs Network in coordinating the efforts of these agencies. For 10 or more years it w…

The Westerly Sun’s People’s Forum struck again on Thursday, Dec. 5, with Randy Newman’s “It’s Money That Matters” being the unifying theme song. “We need the student debt tools for these times” and “Harris’ exit shows that winnowing works,” two stories tied together by money, or more accurat…

I just wanted comment about how proud I was to watch Chief Lacey conduct the press conference regarding the incident at Babcock Village. No doubt that it was a tense and dangerous situation for the responders and officers involved. Chief Lacey conducted himself in a calm, controlled manner b…

An article in the recent issue of Science magazine reports that most climate models developed over the past 50 years accurately predict the amount global heating caused by increasing accumulation of human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere. When p…

I have been dead on my feet, and so exhausted from my busy life, you would think I would fall asleep like a baby ... wrong. I toss, I turn, I cick the blankets off. I pull them up, I pull them off. It is a nocturnal game. Cannot sleep, so I settle on the couch to watch a movie, especially a …

People keep calling about you. They continue to tell us stories of how you helped them. In those moments you didn’t think twice or expect anything in return. But those little moments to you, changed the course of someone’s life. The stories make us smile, yet don’t surprise us. It was your c…

How fast we went from pimple cream to the Polident era. The next bend in the Middle Age Road is old age. We are being overlooked for jobs. We are not asked to model swimwear unless the legs of the swimsuit are made of some kind of support hose. We are the last to be chosen when the neighbors…

Misinformation is swirling about regulation of Christmas lights in Charlestown. To clarify, I am writing as an individual citizen, even though I am a member of the Charlestown Town Council, I do not speak for the Town Council.

Before I get into the real deal with the New Green Nightmare, I have a couple of questions for Freddy Lustgarten Kruger or any other Climate Clown that comes out of the little Clown Climate Car. And one of questions I have is not how do they get that many Climate Clowns into that little Clim…

Recently, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the federal government provided its latest forecast for American oil and gas production between now and 2050. It reports that oil and gas production will increase significantly over that period. An analysis of the forecast, based on cu…

I was wondering who would rebut my letter to the editor; it looks like Ken Robbins drew the short straw. He should be aware that I did not choose the title of the letter, which seems to have given him such angst.

There is a mental health crisis affecting Washington County. We have the highest suicide rate in the state. Our county was awarded a $2 million federal grant as part of the Zero Suicide initiative, as we have limited mental health resources available compared to other parts of the state. The…

Recent published exchanges between political factions in Charlestown embrace the sentiment that the town council should appoint “the best qualified candidates” for boards and commissions without consideration of political affiliation. The reality is that there are no defined qualifications n…

I would like to thank the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful night to visit the children of Westerly. Members of the DBA had great window displays. The town was well decorated thanks to DPW. As always a big thanks to the Westerly police and fire departments and our neighbors…

Back in the dark days, when strange fruit hung from trees in the deep South, who would have volunteered to be the community witness or whistleblower? Who would have the courage to announce having seen a crime? If eventually a finger was pointed, would anyone be indicted? Would anyone be arre…

The Nov. 26 commentary “Vegan suing Burger King kinda has a point” makes a larger point than any he said-she said, meatless burger cooked on meat burger grill absorbing genuine cow juice argument. Hundred-dollar-an-hour lawyer yada yada ensues, and may the best babble win. The much more mean…

Michael Chambers’ Nov. 27 letter has the headline “CRU’s leadership leaves lot to be desired.” This headline would be much more correct if “CCA” (Charlestown Citizens Alliance) was substituted for CRU.