I have a suggestion for the dilemma with the Columbus statue in Wilcox Park. If its purpose is to honor the first groups to arrive in America, then there is evidence supporting the arrival of the Vikings, the Knights Templar, the Irish, the ancient Phoenicians, even possibly Hebrew, Chinese …

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The annual fireworks extravaganza that seems to have overwhelmed Westerly has hopefully come and gone. If you’re feeling that the fireworks were taking place weeks before July 4th, you’re not alone. In the area of State Street School, we’ve been listening to them since the middle of June.

The Greatest Generation,” “Band of Brothers,” “Shared Sacrifice,” “The Citizen Soldier” — these are phrases that represented our country during World War II. Everyone had a role. Kids collected newsprint, scrap metal and rubber. Homemakers saved fat and grease (which contain glycerine) to ai…

I assume by now, that most are aware of the anarchy and political hypocrisy inundating our country nowadays; particularity in professional sports, specifically by the National Football League (NFL). I absolutely defend the right of every American to assert their First Amendment rights, and t…

For the third time, members of the Westerly Town Council are proposing that the Town Charter be amended to eliminate term limits. The action by the council is not a grass-roots initiative. On the contrary, Westerly voters have twice voted against the council’s efforts to eliminate term limit…

It was with no small amount of dismay that I read the letter from Donna Gorman in Saturday’s Westerly Sun. In the face of clear and factual information and recommendations from the experts in infectious diseases that we have all heard, Ms. Gorman continues to promote advice and ideas about t…

As the environmental movement has taught us, all life is interconnected, taking little effort to thread together seemingly unrelated entities enabling you to draw support for whatever outlandish claim in your imagination. While the world has been moved by Black Lives Matter drawing attention…

Chariho School Committee Chairman Ryan Callahan needs to face the Richmond student population explosion with solutions in his own town. Clearly, they need a new neighborhood school in the southern part of Richmond. For decades, neighborhood schools have been the proven model for successful e…

On June 28, The Westerly Sun informed readers that the Westerly Town Council was again going to discuss asking the voters to eliminate term limits for the town council. Westerly voters have twice voted overwhelmingly for term limits for the town council members. The first time, in 2016, was …

Growing up in Westerly, Wilcox Park served as the setting for some of my most formative childhood experiences. I hunted candy-filled eggs at Easter, watched fireworks at the Summer Pops, took photos for senior prom, and spent hours reading beneath the willow tree. The park is a place where I…

I’m writing in response to a letter sent to The Sun by James Mageau on June 25. Mr. Mageau feels that too many American icons are being removed or abandoned because of the Black Lives Matter movement. Too many changes. “The list can go on and on.” Now, we in Rhode Island are in danger of los…

On June 1, 2020, Charlestown voters approved the town municipal budget. However, under state law governing Chariho, the citizens of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton must approve the Chariho School District Budget under a separate town referendum. We encourage all Charlestown voters to par…

Regarding James M. Mageau’s letter titled “Black Lives Matter only seeking anarchy,” Mageau states that Leo Terrell was instrumental in writing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

As I was listening to Gov Raimondo this morning explaining that she had signed an executive order removing the words “ Providence Plantations” from all official documents because it is offensive to people of color, I was wondering if the rap songs that use the “N” word when referring to blac…

It hasn’t taking long for Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence to disclose his true colors. His decision to alter the legal name of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations by scrubbing the name “Plantations” from the state’s name on all city documents to pacify Black Lives Matter is sufficient e…

On June 20, 2020, people across the world participated in an activity of their choice for The Longest Day. The Longest Day is held on the day with the most light — the summer solstice — to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nowhere in Mike Latham’s denunciation of my letter, in the June 22 edition of The Sun, does he dispute the facts that Heather MacDonald claimed that 9 unarmed black men were killed by police officers in 2018, and 38 and 2019; and that she claimed 18.5 times as many police officers were kille…

In the letters to the editor in the June 8 issue of The Westerly Sun, Mr. David Madden wrote “One white guy’s response to All Lives Matter movement.” He articulated his views very well, but I do question a few of his statements.

When I listen to prominent African American Civil Rights Attorney Leo Terrell, who was instrumental in helping to write the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act, condemn the radical extremist group “Black Lives Matter” he’s putting an exclamation point on a very important issue. The same is true wh…

“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” said our Stable Genius on June 16. I think he may be on to something really big.

The June 9th edition of The Sun included a letter to the editor that reported that Heather MacDonald at the Manhattan Institute had written that it is 18.5 times more likely that a police officer will be killed by a black man than a police officer will kill an unarmed black man. This informa…

I always thought the privilege to vote was very important. I guess the governor of Connecticut doesn’t think so. With the stroke of his pen he stopped taxpayers from voting on their town budgets, the only New England state to do this. Why our elected representatives didn’t fight for us to re…

Kudos to Chariho students Isabelle Sullivan, Autumn Liguori-Bills, Cordelia Calberson and Abby DiTomasso for organizing the Black Lives Matter protest held on the Richmond Town Hall grounds on June 8. These young women did a phenomenal job of planning the event, from contacting Richmond poli…

What a loss! The town of Westerly has lost three outstanding women: Florence Madison, Eva Despres and Pat Grande. They dedicated their lives to education, excellence and the betterment of Westerly. Each with their own unique way gave of themselves to ensure a promising future and lifestyle f…

I am a widow of a police offier who served in Washington, D.C., from 1955 until he retired in 1976 as a lieutenant. I have had this article for many years and thought it should be printed again during these “troubled” times.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Avondale Homeowners Association (AHA) provided over 400 meals for the staff of the Westerly Hospital in appreciation for their dedication and hard work, especially during these difficult times.

As my first term in office is coming to a close, I am humbled to learn that I have so many loyal and hardworking supporters who would like for me to run for the Hopkinton Town Council again this year. I accept the challenge and I pledge to continue to be the “voice of the people” on the council.

The threat of being labeled a “racist” (or any number of slanderous labels) by the Democrats and their enablers is standard fare nowadays. In fact, that is all they have to offer we voters; labels, hate-filled rhetoric, threats of violence, supporting goons that hurt people, the defunding of…

In this financially devastating time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that Charlestown residents are aware that in addition to resources available from the state of Rhode Island and the federal government, there are also a number of Charlestown-supported assistance programs. During …

“Black Lives Matter” arose in the context that historically they did not. At least they never mattered as much as white lives. It’s always been taken for granted that white lives matter, so there was never seen to be a reason for any white person to articulate that obvious fact. However, whe…

June is national Hunger Awareness Month. This year, COVID-19 brought the issue of local hunger to the forefront. Many who had been self-sufficient and employed their entire lives suddenly found themselves turning to a food bank to eat.

It’s disgusting to watch how many news networks continue to call the rioters and anarchists that have infiltrated and taken over the peaceful protests in the cities across this country “protesters!” The peaceful protests have been organized in honor of George Floyd who was murdered by a whit…

Several phenomena cause fog. On the ocean, I’m told, it amounts to a temperature difference near the surface making air ingest more usual water. It condenses, limiting visibility. And as we who live hereabouts know, on occasion that limit can be whopping.

Charlestown’s 2021 budget passed Monday with 1,202 in favor of the budget and 730 against. This is very high participation for a Financial Town Referendum and the first time that mail ballots have been used as the primary means of voting. In-person voting was also available at the Charlestow…

Despite the ongoing, unearthly, unexpected, widespread virus, please remember we are so blessed to be able to care for our friends and families. There are many ways to remain connected while safely practicing social distancing and following the CDC’s guidelines.

    I am writing in response to the May 26 article by Jason Vallee in The Westerly Sun reporting on the tragic death on May 23 of Kathleen (Katie) Carlson. I know Katie well. She was a sought-after private-duty caregiver, and kept working recently at her vocation. She was meticulous in her medic…

    As I write this, the U.S. has surpassed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. Rhode Island has had over 14,000 cases and 655 deaths from the coronavirus. Yet state Sen. Elaine Morgan deems this the appropriate time to announce that she believes it is time for Rhode Island to take the plunge to fully…

    I am writing today to urge the town councils of Richmond, Hopkinton and Charlestown to communicate with the Chariho school committee, to please put the Chariho school budget to a vote. Richmond and Charlestown have managed to come up with ideas to put their town budgets to a vote during this…

    From January to March this year, I was in the unique position of being the only non-partisan, non-recipient citizen to have observed the entire development of the budget from beginning to end by the Budget Commission. I also have the unique career experience of working with budgets, so I am …

    Rhode Island is on the precipice of a cataclysmic housing disaster stemming from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But swift, decisive action would avert this crisis.

    The May 8 letter “May is bike month, so get out and pedal!” wonderfully calls our attention to the magnificent world of biking. Infinite miles per gallon as bicycles follow the great “leave no trace” advocacy: “Leave nothing but tire tracks, take nothing but memories and kill nothing but time.”

    This is the last but not least thank-you to all the donors to our four projects at the Westerly Veterans Memorial. The first project was the lights, next was the replacement of the blue-stone pavers, many of which were cracked or missing. Then it was the installation of the 17 fiberglass fla…

    Charlestown’s budget is the definition of a good budget: It uses surplus funds to lower the tax rate, keeps our promise to pay police pensions, upgrades our animal shelter, funds education, maintains infrastructure, and provides safety and emergency management. Plus, the maximum recommended …