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On Dec. 6, 2022, a new Town Council will be sworn into office in Charlestown. The only candidate from the Charlestown Citizens Alliance who was elected was incumbent Susan Cooper. The remaining four seats will be held by incumbent President Deborah Carney, incumbent Grace Klinger, Rippy Serr…

The Armalite Rifle (AR) was purpose-built to enable 19-year-old draftees to turn human flesh into hamburger at a range of 150 yards. In a perfect world, it would have never appeared on the civilian market. It has few civilian uses. It is illegal for hunting in Rhode Island and about a dozen …

In 1945, my mother brought me along to Park Avenue Drug Store in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio,. My mother once told me the only people in the store were she, me, the druggist and Orville Wright, the first human being to fly an airplane. He and his brother, Wilbur, designed and built the plane th…

The law requires that employees be compensated for all their regular work hours. In August Charlestown’s Treasurer requested an end-of-year transfer because, instead of the normal 26 pay periods in the fiscal year ending June 30, there was a very rare 27th pay period.

We have lots of great people in our community. Some are cashiers and the rest of us are customers. We are entering the busy Christmas season where everyone will be scrambling to get gifts and specialty foods. In the midst of it all there can be a lot of stress — waiting in lines, maneuvering…

I have been following the proposals to build Xanadu on the pond and I say reject them. Being a realist, though, I know that some version will be eventually approved. Please consider that this will change Route 1A forever, and in your planning lies your opportunity to begin to make it pedestr…

This campaign started with a personal letter, followed by a door-knock, repeated thousands of times in every neighborhood in the district. A lot of people said that this is the first time someone had knocked on their door, and they’d been voting for years.

As a newly elected Richmond Town Councilor, I wanted to thank all who expressed their support for my campaign by voting for me. By way of mountain bike, I have been up and down almost every street in Richmond to introduce myself to as many residents as possible. I value every conversation al…

The issues associated with the Winnapaug CC have been discussed or argued for many months with no result. We do not think that four members of the council that will be out of office shortly should make this decision. I used four members, as three have abstained from the issue.

I would like to know why this Westerly Town Council is going out now and just handing out the money from the governmentt for everything. Why didn't they use some of that for the sewage treatment plant? $500,000 for a study at Margin Street Marina ?

Thank you to the voters in Westerly who made their voice heard on Election Day. Voters chose all the candidates supported by the Westerly Democratic Town Committee. That is very much appreciated. Election Day is now behind us. Now the important work begins.

When I read a letter to the editor from Hopkinton Town Councilor Scott Bill Hirst, it’s like gazing at an abstract piece of art. There’s a whole lot of “stuff” on his literary canvas. Some of it makes good political sense and some of it, well, is often confusing and contradictory. In his lat…

The Trans Day of Joy held last Saturday in Wakefield featured speakers from throughout the state who spoke in support of transgender and all LGBTQ+ persons. The event was put together by LGBTQ Action RI with the collaboration of a multitude of national and local organizations including the C…

Hallelujah! I’m celebrating because so many good Americans voted for democracy; not because the Democrats won this or the Republicans won that. I’m also celebrating because so many good Americans voted to reject the politics of grievance, divisiveness, and hate that Donald Trump nurtured.

I wanted to thank Westerly citizens for the vote of confidence in this election. Being the top vote-getter for the Westerly Town Council is a great honor and also a great responsibility. I will do my best to live up to everyone’s expectations.

Earlier this year, being fed up with local politics and a Town Council that rarely listens to the people, and often stifles public comment, I decided to stop complaining and run for that office to try and make a difference. What a trip it has been.

I want to thank the voters of Hopkinton for returning me to the Hopkinton Town Council for my ninth non-consecutive term. On Nov. 28, the new Town Council will be sworn in. I am hoping at this point as I submit this letter (Wednesday, Nov. 9) to have Allan Fung, former Cranston mayor, swear …

I recently heard an old song which was written and first recorded by Billy Joel in 1979 called, “Honesty.” The chorus:

If you read the description of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” you will find this line about the plot of the classic movie: “George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams, in order to help others in his community.”

“Poll shows most in U.S. want more action on climate change,” which appeaed in The Sun on Oct. 26, is a maybe, but more action from climate change is a definite. Joan Armatrading sings on “Kind Words”: “Bad guys sometime hard to find, ‘Cause they don’t all dress in black,” which contrasts ni…

There was a time not too long ago (10 years) that our local campaigns were focused on what each candidate was hoping to accomplish. Those times seem to be behind us now. Unfortunately, many candidates have forgotten that, in the end when all is said and done, we are all still neighbors once …

On Oct. 31, I received a letter from Clay Johnson, and rarely have I seen a letter with so much misinformation and derogatory innuendos. The letter was dated Oct. 14, so it was probably timed to minimize any opportunity to respond.

It’s no secret that a vast majority of Americans disapprove of the way we are being governed by the far left progressive element of the Democrat party. We all live with the disastrous results of Biden’s Democrat policies on a daily basis. Recent news reports also rate the Rhode Island legisl…

Four of my opponents in the race for Richmond Town Council are circulating a flyer with misinformation about me and the other independent candidates. Here are the facts about me as a true independent.

This summer the Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department combined two of their already recurring summer events, summer concerts and movie nights in the park, to make their Ninigret Summer Nights series. For five Thursday nights from June to August, Charlestown gathered in Ninigret Park to…

Elect your officials with confidence. Elect folks with the best interests of the community in mind. Elect individuals with no hidden agendas. Elect members to the School Committee that are striving for the best for children.

I have to start by saying how encouraged I am with the increased engagement in our political process, and believe this can be a new beginning of civility across every area of discourse. We will disagree of course, but listening to each other will be a great first step.

Dennis Algiere routinely was able to deliver for Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly beyond the average senator; his influence belied our little corner of Rhode Island as compared to larger communities in the north of our state. The District 38 Senate seat is important to our community…

My husband and I first met Victoria Gu when she knocked on our door in June. I was surprised because no candidate had ever knocked on our door before! Victoria asked what issues we should work on in the area. It took me a while to think about it, but then we got talking about South County’s …

Regarding the District 2 Congressional election, I hope that voters will consider the larger issue at stake, which is, in fact, the future of democracy in our country. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels tipped the hand when he claimed that if he wins, Democrats will never will ano…

Much of Catherine O’Reilly Collette’s letter to The Sun (“Proud to endorse Carney for Charlestown council,” Oct. 12) is her opinion. However, she presents as facts a number of things that are not true. Here are the facts:

On Nov. 8, when voters go to the polls to vote for School Committee representatives for the Chariho Regional School District, they will have a real choice. The candidates are diverse and they have made their positions clear.

I have been an educator for over 35 years and have witnessed firsthand the decline of our culture over the years concerning, in part, the effect of mind-altering drugs. I have had students come to me for help because they knew they were in serious trouble because of the availability of canna…

Caswell Cooke will passionately and tirelessly promote our community’s interests at the State House. His enthusiasm and commitment translated to actions manifold: Misquamicut’s renaissance since the harrowing days post-Hurricane Sandy; dredging Winnapaug Pond; restoring dune and beach habita…

Richmond as a town has immense possibilities and the potential for a very bright future. We must, however, at this juncture, make some very wise decisions that may sometimes appear tough and bring us out of our comfort zone. This is something we need to address in a very mature and realistic…

I attended the forum for the candidates for Town Council held at the Westerly Town Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Oct. 13. I was impressed by Kevin Lowther. I had heard him speak before at School Committee meetings that had become quite heated. He demonstrated the ability to…

I met Lori Wycall when our children attended Dunn’s Corners School together almost a decade ago. For as long as I can remember, Lori has been involved with the school through volunteerism with the PTO and then working as a substitute teacher in the middle school. We volunteered together many…

School Committee candidate Lori Wycall has marketed herself to the voting public as a mom who is concerned for our youth and as an advocate for the parents and students of Westerly. Whenever she is asked about her platform, she mentions that she wants all students treated the same and wantin…

I seriously considered whether or not to rebut Mr. Chiaradio’s letter (“Westerly schools are abysmal. Vote Wycall and Logan,” Nov. 4) in which I was specifically named. Mostly because all that came to mind were those mindless playground ditties of which we are all familiar. You know, “I’m ru…

As election day draws near, there are three important questions every Westerly voter should be asking about Senate District 38 candidate Victoria Gu, who is running for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Dennis Algiere:

Time and again I hear anti-abortion extremists claim to care about protecting people or women’s health or pontificate about how much they love babies, but their actions or lack thereof on policies that would help support maternal health or ensure families can get by and thrive tell another s…

I would like to take a moment to share my experience working with Leslie Dunn, candidate for Westerly School Committee, over the past two-plus years. I have heard her advocate for Westerly residents in front of Town Council members and the town manager. I have heard her advocate for affordab…

If you have been to the grocery store lately ,or paid your rent or electrical bill, you know the price of everything is getting higher and higher. I worry that this winter,my neighbors will make hard choices that leave them cold or hungry. I have listened to all the candidates running for st…

Now more than ever, it is vitally important that when the citizens of Hopkinton head to the polls, they support candidates who are truly open to listening to their constituents. Sharon Davis is running for re-election to the Hopkinton Town Council and she is one of those candidates.

I am not a “one issue” person or have a “single agenda.” We need Town Council members without a single agenda, not overly influenced by agenda driven personalities or special and private interests. I ask voters for their serious consideration.This ending term 2020-22, I have often been on th…

While I realize it is probably late for this letter, I felt there is a need to write it. This election is so critical to the future and health of American society that certain concepts need to be put out there that are not being addressed adequately. We stand at a point that has come up befo…

It’s been a blissful two months since The Sun’s readers were last subjected to one of Steven J. Williams’ missives to the editor wherein he repeatedly presumes to enlighten us all. Now comes his latest letter of Oct. 30 (“In Charlestown, CCA just preserving its lifestyle”) regarding the prop…