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My back has been killing me, as well as my shoulder. My doctor told me to lighten up on my handbag. Do all men believe we women enjoy lugging around a handbag every day? I have no idea where it started, but for some reason, it was decided women were the keepers of keys, Kleenex, Band-Aids, m…

Critical race theory ... what is it? And is it something we, as as parents and educators, should be concerned about?

I did some research on the 1619 Project and was surprised to learn some really interesting historical facts. Despite the fact Britain didn’t outlaw slavery until 60 years after the American Revolution; America went to war with England to keep slavery. And apparently the reason for the Civil …

The Sun’s July 18 cover — “Some not blown away by N.J. wind plans” — thrusts climate change to front page news where New Jersey stakeholders express support and reluctance to the Garden State’s ambition “to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast…

Just as I suspected. The July 14 School Committee meeting was a total plot between your School Committee chairman, your superintendent and your WTA union president to discredit and shame me in public, and to provide cover for a district whose interests are clearly not the students. If none o…

As I compose this on Thursday, July 23, I still have not been responded to by Ms. Linda Lyall, Chariho School Committee chair, on putting on the agenda the two resolutions dealing with critical race theory. I have emailed her and addressed the Chariho School Committee with that request. One …

In December 2016 I traveled from Rhode Island to Connecticut to a meeting at the Old Lyme Town Hall where one of Connecticut’s U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal, promised to do everything in his power to stop the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan for the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass,”…

I would like to respond to Mr. Coppo’s letter, “Kids, there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” but I’d like to preface my response with a quote from former Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who died a year ago. “Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid t…

Hopkinton Town Council member Scott Bill Hirst stated in his letter to the editor that appeared in The Westerly Sun on July 10, 2021, “Improvement arguably perhaps can be made in better relations in our region, but ignoring positive current and past history is not helpful.”

Students in Westerly will be more successful if they are encouraged to succeed through their own efforts. They will graduate if they have the grades to graduate. The only one who can block graduation is yourself, not some faux oppression or law that allegedly creates inequality. Access to em…

Today as I cleaned my cereal bin I decided to combine all the cereals in one box. Raisin Bran, Cheerios and granola. You have several boxes of uneaten cereal — a spoonful of this, a spoonful of that. And, if you open your freezer, there is a carton of ice cream with perhaps one cup left. Can…

We are very blessed in Westerly to have a retirement/assisted living/ memory care residence here. My mother was a resident in The Elms since January 2020. From the moment we went to tour the facility to the moment when she passed on, we were treated like family. Most importantly, my mother w…

I have read much about critical race theory and much of it in The Sun. I have tried to understand what Mr. Chiaradio and other CRT critics offer besides their disdain for CRT. They offered no proof of their claims. I have read the petition. Thankfully, the School Committee rejected it.

Mr. Robert Chiaradio correctly stated in a letter to the editor in the July 8 issue of The Westerly Sun that the National Education Association recently supported the teaching of critical race theory (CRT). This happened when the NEA passed New Business Item 39 during its yearly conference, …

My children have long been graduated from the local public school system as well as URI, so I will not pretend to know what is being taught these days in our public school systems with regard to CRT, which is the hot topic among many. I’m sure like most adversarial topics it falls somewhere …

Kindness is definitely still alive and well in Westerly. Many thanks are being sent out to the lovely ladies who secretly treated us to lunch at Guytanno’s on Wednesday afternoon. You had left before we could thank you, but it was such a lovely gesture, and it really made our day! We will de…

Being a leader in Hopkinton both as a member of the Hopkinton Town Council and chairing the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee are among the things that keep me occupied. Chairing the local Republican party in Hopkinton automatically makes me a member of the Rhode Island Republican State Ce…

Though I am a Charlestown resident, I read the articles in The Westerly Sun that discuss issues concerning Westerly on the assumption Westerly’s problems of today will become Charlestown’s problems of tomorrow. Lately, I have been following the short-term rental issue. Mr. Paulhus’s letter t…

Mr. James Mageau’s June 28 letter to the editor titled “Any teacher teaching CRT should be fired” contains a number of errors about critical race theory and American history. CRT has nothing to do with promoting the use of gender-neutral pronouns nor does it seek “to dissuade the recognizabl…

Now that the National Education Association has made no bones about its support for the teaching of critical race theory in our nation’s schools, what say you Westerly Teachers Association? Do you echo the NEA’s feelings regarding the indoctrination of our kids, while teaching them to hate t…

The Charlestown Town Council requested that the chair of each commission submit a report summarizing the previous year’s projects and detailing the upcoming year’s activities. As chair of the Planning Commission, this was my response for the period June 2020 to June 2021:

As a Charlestown native and one of the founders of the Charlestown Ambulance Corps, it’s easy to express to you how disappointed and insulted my husband, Mr. Peter Richards, is that he did not receive an invitation to the 50th anniversary celebration on June 26. He didn’t even know about it …

On June 7, something occurred in Charlestown which received very little press and/or notoriety. The town budget, which had been in process for six months, passed by a majority of 86% voting to approve. This is truly an affirmation of the excellent work being done by the Budget Commission, th…

After reading “Councilors debate right approach to short-term rental issues” (June 23), I just had to respond. It was with great concern that I read that our town councilors are considering a pervasive undermining of our current zoning regulations to offer a back-door authorization of short-…

In response to Mr. David Madden’s letter to the editor titled, “Critical race theory seeks to call out racism,” dated June 21, Mr. Madden’s diatribe is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth and avoids explaining the true objective of CRT training.

As I read about the efforts by people in Westerly, and around the country, to stop what they call “critical race theory” from being taught in our public schools, as reported by Dale Faulkner in Friday’s Westerly Sun, I am becoming increasingly confused. It seems that the proponents of this e…

While councilors debate the “right approach to the short-term rental issue,” residents who live in neighborhoods where landlords have short-term rentals and live somewhere else are left to deal with the problems that certain short-term rentals present.

Since most of us have been homebound for the past 18 months, we welcomed the arrival of the Westerly “Sun” each day to inform us what was happening in the outside world. For me, Harold Hanka’s magnificent photos make my day. Mr. Hanka has extraordinary timing with his subjects, indicating an…

I’m going to be asking the Westerly Town Council to draft a resolution shortly honoring the men and women of the Westerly Police Department, as they do such a fine job in keeping the peace here in Westerly. Law enforcement is not an easy profession and you have to walk a fine line inbetween …

As citizens of the State of Rhode Island and of this country, we have the right to vote and make our voices heard. Making the right to vote more accessible increases maximum voter participation — something that only strengthens our democracy.

I live adjacent to the Pawcatuck River in the vicinity of the Potter Hill Mill dam. The fresh water source for my home is a shallow well. I have had the water tested and, with the exception of carryover sediment, the water quality is excellent. In addition, in the 32 years we have lived here…

Last week’s story in The Sun (“Westerly teachers union hits back on critical race theory accusations,” June 17), which quoted WTA head Colleen Saila, was a pathetic attempt by the WTA at damage control. Since last October, in any written/oral or news media communication, I have never dispara…

Many voters were able to vote early at their local town hall or vote by mail with no excuse and no requirement for signatures during last year’s primaries and the Nov. 3 election for president, federal, state and local officials. Early voting and no-excuse mail ballots were only two of a num…

My June 13 Westerly Sun diet takeaway: Is it “Food supply has never been more vulnerable” or “Need to go Vegetarian has never been more urgent”? Funny how your 12-paragraph food supply vulnerability article concentrated on the cybersecurity threat to meatpacking plants, whose loss couldn’t p…

When a Richmond council member characterizes a mother’s attempt to get information about her child’s education as an “attention-seeking political stunt,” serious questions arise about her intentions and integrity as an elected official. Left out of Ms. (Lauren) Cacciolia’s defamatory and mea…

Business leaders from across the state held a press conference recently to address proposed tax legislation and the impact it would have on Rhode Island’s business climate. The group had a unified message for the General Assembly — this is not the time to raise taxes. Taxing PPP forgiveness …

In recent news, Nicole Solas, the mother of a rising kindergartner, was featured on Fox News about her fight with the South Kingstown School Committee. Mrs. Solas said she was trying to get information about if South Kingstown’s teaching curriculum taught critical race theory and requested 1…

Two public sessions have been held via Zoom seeking input from the community on the removal of the Potter Hill Dam. The first meeting was on March 18 and the second on June 10. This dam removal effort will affect the residents of both Westerly and Hopkinton. Hopkinton was not made aware of t…

I have voted over 70 years in presidential elections. As you know, this past election was the most unusual, erratic one I have ever experienced, to say the least! I am an independent (leaning toward the Republican Party, but not in every time I vote, as I vote for the person’s credentials, r…

With humans 100% dependent on the environment, Connecticut’s decision to update its bottle bill (“Conn.passes major ‘Bottle Bill’ expansion,” Westerly Sun, June 4) is good news for both the environment and people, even if we here in Rhode Island watch in envy. Records are made to be broken a…

This July 4th marks the 245th birthday of the United States of America, in which men gathered together to form a nation of free people that would govern themselves in a way that no other nation dreamed of since the beginning of mankind.

As the Christmas holidays grow near each year, I think of my nana. Christmas was such a joyous time. She made her Italian specialty, macaroni and nuts, along with the fishes. She could make a pot of soup that would somehow feed so many people. She never measured anything. A little bit of thi…

My first memories of birds involve seagulls diving for snacks at one of the beaches on Aquidneck Island where I grew up. When I moved to Hope Valley in 2013, my inner bird-nerd had a chance to spread its wings. We were here for a rare visit from a pair of swallow-tailed kites. We were here f…

In April 2020 during the pandemic, we wrote “Thank you for Harold Hanka’s photos on the front page and Local & Region section of The Sun.”

I will never forget a conversation that I had with a member of another church in town. His pastor had just retired after a very long tenure. He had baptized, married and buried three generations of prominent families in the church. He was an icon in the community and a much-beloved figure. A…