It’s evident that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to open the second act of the Democrat circus in the House of Representatives. Notwithstanding the fact that the “Trump/Russian collusion hoax” fell flat on its back.

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Now that the proposed school bond has failed there seems to me to be one very simple alternative. We have three elementary schools that are in good shape, Bradford, Springbrook and Dunn’s Corners. The State Street School is in such deplorable condition it should just be razed. Really the onl…

A week ago, the Hopkinton Town Council voted 3-2 to enact a change to the comprehensive plan and a change to the zoning ordinance intended to make development of wind energy more difficult. Prior to this, the Planning Board voted 3-2 to recommend against these changes and the Conservation Co…

Remember when the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) tried to pull a fast one over the voters of our town last June? Remember when they tried to take a $3.1 million surplus and build a community/recreation/senior center in Ninigret Park without a plan? Of course you do, because you, the vot…

For nearly 40 years, Adult Day Center of Westerly has served as a welcoming daytime home for the community’s older adults that offers not only health care and social services but also engagement for participants and peace of mind for their caretakers and loved ones.

You gotta love The Sun’s sense of humor in running the Sept. 27 editorial, “Impeachment is a very serious matter. Proceed with caution,” urging the straight-faced seriousness that left me rapt and wide-eyed, but a quarter-inch away was the letter by Phil Gingerella titled “‘Green Nightmare’ …

In her recent letter, Rosemary Theriault accurately copied the Constitution preamble. I wish she had gone on, read and understood the rest of it. She accurately said we only get one vote, regardless of opinions. Well that is true, but if we had no electoral college all those votes would have…

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitutio…

Sometimes the allure of “free money” affects our review of logical choices and leads to a decision which may not be in the best interest of our town. I feel that the school bond issue is such an example. It goes without question that something needs to be done to address the years that we ha…

First of all, at age 70 and above, do not tell long, boring stories, embellished with the most minute detail. Do not cackle ... laugh at jokes. Have a photogenic memory, just do not run out of film. And when you see a mustard jar on the kitchen table, remember if you ate the sandwich or are …

I have rarely held a strong enough opinion about a topic to feel compelled to write a letter in this forum. But I have found an issue of such importance that I feel I must share my thoughts with the readers of The Westerly Sun.

If you are going to survive into your 70s, it helps to be a woman. I think if memory serves me, there are more women than men in this world. We can be in line at the drug store, or buying a pair of shoes at the mall, and we know all about the woman standing next to us. Where she lives, how m…

I am asking all Westerly residents to exercise their right to vote Oct. 10. The vote for the Westerly Legacy Plan builds on the Vision 2020 plan started over 20 years ago. Our elementary school buildings are last to be addressed and are what our children first experience starting their educa…

When photographers buy used equipment, the first question is, “What’s the shutter count?” Each shutter has only so many trips. In a way, each of us is like that, only so many clicks before fade-to-dark, define that as you will.

Among Monday’s letters in The Westerly Sun was a brief letter from George Tremblay in response to my earlier Sept. 14 letter about the recent behavior of the Charlestown Town Council as applied to filling a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission. In his letter he makes two points.

Ok. I admit it. It’s hard for me to say I was wrong, but there it is. I screwed up. It wasn’t 31 years ago that the worldwide Green Nightmare scam started. It has been 41 years! While doing some research this weekend, I came across an article where the UN stated in 1978 that we had 10 years …

I served on multiple school improvement teams in Westerly for 12 years while my two children were in our school system. I was also a member of the Westerly Education Endowment Fund grant subcommittee for many years and served on the educational subcommittee for the 20/20 middle school projec…

“High comedy when Eco-loons are involved” might be right if your idea of comedy is “amusing” (more like confusing) yourself following Phil Gingerella’s Sept. 16 magnum opus. Rant? It’s a magnum something, but not sure what exactly. As possibly the lead “loon” in town, I feel compelled to respond.

Phillip P. Gingerella is at it again. His recent letter ridicules folks who warn us about global warming. He should spend more time reading about climate change and forego ridiculing these people. If he did, he might learn something.

Carousels take me back to my childhood. An age of innocence when I believed dreams would come true. Lately, I have been searching for the magic of childhood. Besides merry-go-rounds, I love Peter Pan and Mary Poppins coming on her umbrella from a cloud. I love angels and I love looking at th…

The continuation of the public hearing of an application for a barn/farm store and site improvements submitted by Quonnie Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts entity managed by Stephen Peet, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Charlestown Town Hall.

Gloria Birchell, keep those missives coming. You remind us that there is sunshine all around us that makes us, regardless of our differences, flowers in this wonderful garden of humanity.

Kenneth Robbins complained that the Charlestown Town Council chose to appoint someone other than Jodi Frank to the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission (Letter to the Editor, Westerly Sun, Sept. 14). The two are affiliated in that Mr. Robbins serves as treasurer of the PAC (political actio…

Months of study by the town’s engineering and legal staff and two residents concluded with Town Manager Mark Rooney’s decision to stop providing plowing and other services to some 80 roads that were apparently never officially accepted by the town (Which is it? Councilor Cooke says 10, or is…

For a moment, close your eyes and think back to the classroom of your youth. Do you see rows of desks, a teacher at a podium, a chalkboard, or children sitting in silence? Now, let us help you visualize today and tomorrow’s classroom. Do you see a vibrant learning environment with endless po…

You can do anything you want if you have enough time and money, but ... that’s not reality. When it comes to spending taxpayers’ money, common sense must come into play. It’s not a feel-good or emotional decision. It needs to be based on reality, needs, and funds available. There is no free lunch.

Vision 2020 — a plan to upgrade and improve all of the educational facilities in the town of Westerly. The community supported the building of a new middle school. The community supported significant renovations to Westerly High School. Now the time has come to complete the Vision 2020 goals…

“Keeping up with the times” is an important endeavor. Anyone who finds themselves lagging behind modern ideas and processes will quickly lose touch with, and only find it harder to, keep up and stay relevant in the world.

The Town Council made a decent effort in publishing a financial impact analysis on the $71.4 million school bond due for a vote on Oct. 10. However, there are other important considerations in judging the financial viability of this project. Based on my 13+ years advising on town budgetary m…

As a former school district administrator and a former School Committee member, I have never before voted to reject a school bond or a school budget. I intend to vote: REJECT (a NO vote) on Item #1: School Bond scheduled for the Oct. 10 ballot.

In his letter titled, “Climate change denial a conspiracy of ignorance” by Mr. Joseph Sciarillo (The Westerly Sun, Sept. 18, 2019), Mr. Sciarillo cites two sources to back up his accusations against me. “Time Magazine” and “Meet the Press.” Well, la dee da. It’s gratifying to know that he is…

Westerly residents living on private roads have conflicted with town officials. For 55 years, the Town of Westerly has been providing free services to all individual road residents, including plowing and road maintenance throughout the year. However, after the town recently claimed a $15 mil…

My letter on Aug. 30, titled “Musings on the differences between women and men,” wasn’t intended to bash men. Sorry, Paul Rondina, if you viewed it as such. I incorporate humor into my pieces, and definitely not hate. I am for peace in the world.

Some people are confused about my criticism of Patricia Morgan, who has desires to head the 2020 Rhode Island Trump campaign, so I want to make it quite clear. Some think I am referring to state Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, whom I support and encouraged to get involved in politics years ago. I lik…

“Thank women for healthy U.S. job market” in the Sept. 8 Sun gives credit where credit is due as we add women’s accomplishments in the labor force to the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team and the record number of women in the 116th Congress (2019 U.S. Congress: 23.7% female of tota…

Time Magazine announced for the second time in 30 years it is devoting an entire issue to climate change. Recently, Mr. Mageau asserted yet another conspiracy theory. The dastardly left-wing radicals and politicians may be using the environment, climate change, for political purposes. He the…

On Monday, Sept. 9, Charlestown once again witnessed the spectacle (or perhaps debacle) of the actions of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) dominated Town Council. The issue this time was the filling of a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

I was a member of the Vision 2020 Building Committee. It is based on this experience that I would encourage all Westerly voters to REJECT Question 1 on Oct. 10. The proposal outlined in Question 1 is a want-based plan, not a need-based plan. Westerly has existing facilities that can be recon…

I’m writing this letter to the editor today because I support the school bond. I’m a senior and live on a pension, but I also believe we need make our schools better. We have a chance to receive 35% back and up to 50% back if certain things are done in the fashion they should be done. We nee…