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Did you ever go snooping for “skinny” jeans? Today’s styles are designed to make us feel terrible — no matter what size! I was not about to buy jeans that were so tight they had me in a chokehold! My tip — if you can’t sit down or functional normally, do not buy. How can I squeeze my calves …

At a special Town Council meeting on May 4, Charlestown was again treated to the spectacle of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance-dominated Planning Commission and Town Council pushing through an almost 400-page Comprehensive Plan over numerous and serious objections. The obvious question is w…

Since this is the opinion section, I would like to offer my views on abortion. At what point in our cultural evolution as Americans did we give ourselves permission to engage in sexual encounters whenever and with whomever we please and expect our fellow citizens to assist us with the unexpe…

Charlestown’s police pension liability increased from $2.5 million in 2014 to $5.2 million in 2019 according to the town’s most recent audit report. This means that we are not paying our current police pension annual costs, because if we were, the police pension liability would not have incr…

Oh dear, the self-anointed Grand Dame of property control and development in Charlestown, Ruth Platner, is weeping and wailing because of the Rhode Island Legislature. See her Letter to the Editor titled, “Bill led to more Charlestown development” (The Westerly Sun, April 29).

First let me say that I have lived in Hopkinton for 42 years. During that time, I attended all the hearings on the implementation of the state-mandated 2-acre zoning in Rhode Island, and the rezoning hearings of Hal Henry’s plan for the Brae Bern PGA-quality golf course and conference hotel …

As the public health and financial crisis continues, many people are having a difficult time getting the services they need. Rhode Island has made strides in helping more people access to health care, but too many of our neighbors, especially Black and Latinx people, young people, and low-in…

The president of the Charlestown Town Council is needlessly obstructing the passage of the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Deb Carney has been demanding that the people of Charlestown wait upwards of a year until a townwide survey of residents’ wish lists can be collected and analyzed to promote …

The April 26 letter to the editor entitled “Electric cars aren’t a silver climate bullet” was very interesting. I would like to contribute some additional thoughts on the subject: Electric cars in Rhode Island, even today, do not have to rely on fossil fuels. I drive a Toyota plug-in hybrid …

In 2013 and 2016, the Rhode Island Legislature passed bills that allow unbuildable perimeter wetlands and steeply sloped land to be included when sizes of buildable lots are determined. The bills included language for slopes or wetland buffers, saying that those areas “shall not be excluded …

Why is it the population of Rhode Island has not changed in 50 years but we are always building new houses in Hopkinton? The answer has a lot to do with the steady loss of our farm land. Farmers face a dilemma. Rhode Island has the most expensive farm land in the country. It is hard to get i…

Regarding “Vehicles imperil Biden’s climate goals” in the April 24 issue of The Sun: How nice to see Biden has a climate goal to save it (vs. the former guy’s goal to destroy it) that comes with a most welcome change from offshore drilling to offshore wind farms, which plays right into Rhode…

On April 12, properly publicized in a technical sense but practically unknown to almost all residents, the Westerly Town Council considered and approved a resolution “in opposition to Rhode Island 2021 Gun Control Legislation.”

I do not see how the gun-safety legislation recently proposed in the Rhode Island General Assembly would impede anyone from participating in “a well regulated militia,” as it says in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A well-regulated militia is the amendment’s purpose, such as t…

During the past decade, electric and hybrid vehicle sales have steadily increased. However, while global EV sales grew by 65 percent in 2018, this growth slowed to nine percent in 2019, and raises the question of whether electric vehicles are truly the environmentally friendly alternative we…

I am very disappointed in the Hopkinton Town Council over the lack of support for small farms. My family owns Elmrock Farm in Ashaway and our farm is one of the last seven dairy farms in the state of Rhode Island and has been around since 1889. Recently, they voted to remove the small solar …

Last Saturday, the residents of Charlestown, in a show of community spirit, collected nearly a ton of litter strewn along the town’s roadways. It was a huge effort by local volunteers who showed their dedication to the town. The Charlestown Citizens Alliance thanks all those who participated…

The other day I was picking my order up at The Malted Barley, a young man sitting with his date went over to the lady handing me my order and told her it was on him. He told me this as I said no, it was okay, but he told me he does this for veterans.

All too often, senior care providers are criticized for seeming lapses in care or for failing to be transparent. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as I’ve read about situations at facilities across Connecticut, I’ve been grateful that my 96-year-old mom has been a resident at Benchmark’s Aca…

It is my understanding that the Westerly School Committee can take any unspent funds at the end of the fiscal year and place those funds into a separate account. It is my understanding that this fund amounts to some $5.2 million.

Despite testimony on the inequity of the 100-foot setback for ground-mounted solar panels in the 80,000-square-foot zone during the hearings on the Sculco proposed ordinance, the Hopkinton Town Council has left that provision in their draft that was voted on Monday night. This is a grossly u…

I couldn’t agree more with Mr Brockway’s letter about the Westerly Town Council’s resolution opposing pending gun-control legislation in the state assembly. I am ashamed and disgusted that they have used the town’s name this way without knowing how the community actually feels about this subject.

I’m disappointed that the Westerly Town Council voted to object to a number of gun-control bills currently before the Rhode Island General Assembly. I think some of the bills are good and some are bad, but that’s not the point. What I find disappointing is that their blanket objection is bas…

I have considerable admiration and respect for our hard-working Town Councilors. However, at this past Monday’s meeting, I believe that they slipped their moorings, both in general and in particular, based upon the reporting of that meeting in The Westerly Sun. Grandiosity seems to have over…

Mushrooms can appear, almost fully formed, as though by magic, where no hint of a mushroom existed the night before. Foragers know this phenomenon. The Potawatomi, Native Americans, have a word to describe it: puhpowee. According to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass,” puhpowee’s tra…

The Hopkinton Town Council on Monday will hold its regular town council meeting. Obviously the vote on the solar policy overhaul has the most public attention. The vote has been broken down in multiple parts. You cannot attend in person at the town hall. Recent meetings, only Councilor Mike …

As the dates for finalization of the town’s municipal and school budgets and for the vote on the referendum on sewer plant upgrades and school project bonds are fast approaching, it appears the town’s leaders are once again asking the Westerly taxpayers to shoulder the financial burden. This…

I was amazed when I read in our local newspaper that our School Committee doesn’t feel like answering questions during the public comments part of the meeting. Makes you wonder why they have taken this position, since they were elected by the people of this town. Is this the consensus of all…

Since the kick-off meeting for the rewrite of the Charlestown Comprehensive Plan in July 2014 until the public hearing on Wednesday, there have been 117 Planning Commission meetings with the plan on the agenda. The majority of those meetings were workshops — entire meetings devoted to the pl…

While reading an article in the April 11 issue of The Sun (“Shot shortages hit poor countries”), I realized just how lucky we Americans truly are! Our government is practically begging us to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at ZERO cost! Yet, so many countries aren’t even able to receive the …

Westerly Town Council member Philip Overton recommends we move forward on declaring Westerly a Second Amendment Sanctuary “to protect Westerly citizens from being attacked by draconian gun laws that Providence politicians want to pass.” He claims that if we do so the Westerly Police Departme…

Featured in the April 7 Sun: Major League Baseball’s All-Star game joins the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick’s knee and the NBA’s Lebron James voter registration drive in going political. Your lead sports article, “MLB officially moves All-Star Game to Coors Field” (from Georgia) because of Georgia’s…

I agree 100% with Jim Angelo’s viewpoint in his letter to the editor of March 25 stating that two wrongs don’t make a right. They don’t. I also congratulate Town Councilor McCuin for his defending the position of enforcing our town regulations concerning unpermitted apartments.

So the Charlestown Citizens Alliance giveaway seems to be happening yet again. The CCA, led by Ruth Platner, has decided to expand Charlestown’s open spaces regardless of the cost. Once again, Ms. Platner decided that Charlestown needs more open space, solicited a land purchase from a CCA su…

On Tuesday, as we were coming back from the beach, we turned into State Street. Our intent was to have a COVID test at the Westerly Senior Center. Unfortunately, we took the corner too soon and popped our right front tire. Two patrolmen stationed across the street in patrol cars came to our …

On April 14, the Charlestown Town Council and the Charlestown Planning Commission will have its first joint public hearing regarding the rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan, which is 367 pages in length.

I thought residential solar and the Farm Viability Solar Ordinance were to be left off the Sculco proposed ordinance. Apparently, this is not so, based on Deborah O’Leary’s letter to the editor. This is very concerning both for my historic home and the many subsistence farmers in town, who m…

This year it will be 50 years since I graduated from Chariho High School in 1971. As a local leader I have the responsibility to express my opinions on relevant topics of the day. I am an elective official and local politician, and so are School Committee members. However, the Chariho School…

As a taxpayer in Hopkinton and a retired Chariho teacher, I am keenly aware of financial issues from both sides. I sometimes groan when I pay my tax bill, but then I remember that the majority of that money goes to the schools here, which are overwhelmingly successful by many standards, not …

There is a historical precedent for the misgivings people have about our current renewable energy technology, namely solar and wind. I only had to go back to the late 1800s, where the government and the public were adamantly opposed to a new technology. The inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, h…

Hidden in the Chariho budget is a $250,000 item to fund a proposal to abandon our Blue Ribbon neighborhood elementary schools in favor of a new, single, cracker box “factory in a field.” This could subject the youngest and most vulnerable of our children to 45-minute, mind-numbing, bullying …

Did you know that of our four elementary schools the youngest building was constructed in 1968 (Ashaway) and the oldest two were built in 1935 (Richmond and Hope Valley)? These buildings are special to us and are integral parts of our community. For good reason, not just the important educat…

Honoring water for World Water Day on March 22, I scoured the March 24 issue of The Sun but could find no link to H2O. I frustratingly closed the paper only to see, staring at me on the cover, “River Reflections,” trees, shrubbery and spring-a-comin’. Like water itself, where you sometimes c…

The October 2020 edition of the Charlestown Town Hall Pipeline was mailed to every household and included a brochure announcing the draft Charlestown Comprehensive Plan and its availability for review. In early 2021, in response to initial input received, the Charlestown Planning Commission …