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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.

With regard to Deb Carney’s letter to the editor last week, I do not agree with her assessment that Tom Gentz’s letter was the opening salvo in a smear campaign for the upcoming campaign season. I see this as a push-back to Carney and the Charlestown Residents United (CRU) members who have b…

The subject of Mr. Slosberg’s column regarding Connecticut’s taxing of prepared food consumed on premises (“In Connecticut, the pizza can be taxing — unless you know the smarter way out,” Nov. 17) seems like obvious low-hanging editorial fruit, especially for those who believe that all gover…

Back in June when the town started to be aware of the surplus funds in our budget I became interested in the fund balancing concept due to the confusion as to what was the true value of this surplus. So I decided I would draft a Fund Balancing Policy (FBP) to assist in the analysis of future…

The conclusions in “Pelosi: It’s simple case of bribery,” which appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Sun, fall short of actual extortion activity but is a little better than the Latin playground “quid pro quo” la di da “Don’t Worry Be Happy” innocence. On national TV during the 2016 DNC conv…

When September comes, it’s time for some folks to start their fall cleaning. I came upon some pictures of my deceased twin this September. She passed some 11 years ago. I miss her dearly. You could say we were joined at the hip.

In summer I earn “casino cash” working the local beach area. People often ask what the highlights are besides the beach. I refer them to downtown Westerly particularly the library and the park. I tell them that the Columbus statue is Westerly granite and was carved by local artisans. I also …

I strongly object to Councilor Carney’s creation of a parallel budget committee to draft a fund balance policy. Her action demonstrates contempt for the established channels that have brought us a low tax rate and a management team that delivers outstanding services. At the November agenda-s…

Imagine the Rhode Island state veterinarian and the Rhode Island SPCA demanding to enter your home without a search warrant and if you denied them access being fined $350 per day until they obtained a search warrant. The legislation was House Bill No. 5297 introduced in the last General Asse…

In response to Jay Lustgarten’s letter of Friday, Nov. 15: While I appreciate the sentiment of wanting to acknowledge Native Americans by placing a statue in Westerly, you suggested the park. Perhaps you are unaware that Watch Hill is a part of Westerly and there is already a statue honoring…

Wilcox Park is Westerly’s well deserved town jewel with an impressive Cristoforo Columbo statue to the northeast side of our treasured library. Overcoming predictions of a flat world that he was destined to fall off and challenging financing, he ventured into the great unknown but did not “d…

There has been a change in the Westerly-Pawcatuck economy that I have not seen in the past 70 or so years. Most of our heavy industry has left the area. I cannot recall seeing so many well-built houses abandoned, with no attempt to sell. In addition, a large number have “For Sale” signs affixed.

    With the huge swaths of land being completely stripped of all vegetation in Hopkinton for solar utilities, our wildlife has been put in a perilous position just in time for the cold weather. Their nests, holes, hovels, have all been destroyed. Their food is gone. Any stored/hidden food is go…

      I am going to my girlfriend’s 72nd birthday. As long as there is a 7 before your age, you are not old. She was scared she did not have a long future. But she has a full life of adventures, friends, chocolate and wine. Except for a few aches and pains and CAT scans. Those bad memories seem to…

      In a recent letter by Phil Gingerella, he asked how can an inert gas that is 4% of the atmosphere change the climate, implying he doesn’t believe it can. Science has proven that it can and it is. The greenhouse effect of CO2 was proven by John Tyndall in 1862. The more CO2, the more greenhou…

      In “Beyond Meat’s future is beyond the kitchen” in The Westerly Sun on Oct 30 is well-timed as we straight-line full speed ahead to the 4T’s: “Thanksgiving Turkey Torture Time.” Nicely done irony with the “Pet owners spend $450 million on Halloween costumes” cartoon resting on “Beyond Meat” …

      I am a current student at Providence College studying health policy and management, and I have recently begun volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter. Through my education of our current health care system, I have developed a passion for the quality of care of the ag…

      In response to a recent letter by Phil Gingerella, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security. On Sept. 24, 64 senior military and security leaders endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It’s signed by Rear Adm. David Titley, former oce…

      This eco-scam ain’t that hard to figure it out. But first, in case you missed it, there has been a few more laugh-out-loud moments on the global warming front it the past few weeks. Right after the UN released the latest fraud climate report, 500 real climatologists sent the organization a l…

      Prior to the last municipal election in North Stonington, I wrote to endorse the individual who is now our first selectman. His actions, though, over the past two years, have proven to me that it is not in the town’s best interest for him to be re-elected.

      I would like to comment on the photo “High Street symmetries” that was on the front page of the paper on Oct. 26. I love the photo with its multitude of colors, textures and reflections that are in the remaining installed windows. If it wasn’t for the hints in the photo that indicate its age…

      I have held both appointive and elective office in Hopkinton. Currently I am in my seventh term on the Hopkinton Town Council, and the terms are not consecutive! I have served from 1996-2004, then again from 2010-14, and again since last year. I lost two elections for town moderator while be…

      In my letter of Oct. 15, I made none of the claims attributed to me by Mr. James Mageau (Oct. 23). I merely observed that a properly designed and statistically sound sampling of public opinion gives reliable results. That sentiment is mathematically unassailable.

      “Caught up in Trump impeachment, U.S. diplomats are now speaking out,” a recent Westerly Sun headline, is a little weaker than “Caught up in U.S. Constitution, Republican senators are now speaking up,” but it’s a start. Lindsey Graham and company traveled the 2016 primary “Never Trump” road,…

      In a recent “opinion” piece in another newspaper, a columnist urged voters to vote Democrat for first selectman in Stonington even though he admitted he did “not know a thing about the candidate endorsed by Democrats.” Wow! Talk about flying blind.

      My wife and I attended the Salt Marsh Opera’s performance of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” on Saturday evening at the George Kent Performance Hall. The quality of the performance of Salt Marsh Opera is yet another reason to celebrate living in Westerly.

      There’s a lot of buzz around Stonington’s First Selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough, and for good reason. In a climate that has caused many to shy away from talking politics, Danielle has created a palpable excitement amongst voters because of the fresh perspective she brings to the tab…

      Stonington first selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough is a woman who has unshakable integrity and an indomitable will! I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Danielle for the past 15 years but got to know her best while campaigning with her in 2017. I immediately respected her for her honesty …

      Through the work of the group Westerly Area Peace and Justice, Westerly/Pawcatuck became an International City of Peace. Our goal is to work with groups, organizations, institutions, associations, families and individuals in our community to create a culture of peace in which the inherent wo…

      I am casting my vote on Nov. 5 in Stonington for Danielle Chesebrough for first selectman. I believe that Danielle has the best qualities to prepare our town for the challenges that lie ahead. Danielle has the ability to listen and weigh both sides of an issue, and she is open to new ideas t…

      Today was the last straw. I called my friend and she agreed to meet me for coffee. I will get 50 minutes of her precious time. (So I thought.) She played with her smartphone, cutting me off to take calls or respond to her texts. What kind of visit was this? I am running out of patience. I ne…