I believe sea level is rising, but there is another contributing geological factor that is being ignored that needs to be addressed. This is called subsidence. Subsidence lowers the elevation of the land, making it appear as if the sea level is rising. I have heard all about the sea-level-ri…

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I read in the Oct. 5 issue of The Sun that Todd Akin took the fall at 74 (“Ex-U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by his ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies at 74”). Telling it like it is: Missouri’s Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, along with Indiana’s Richard “God’s will” Mourdock, teamed up in 2012 to turn …

Four months ago, the Hopkinton Town Council went around their Planning Board and Conservation Commission and created the Potter Hill Dam Informational Committee. They then appointed its partisan members entirely from the 1% of Hopkinton residents who live directly on or within a stone’s thro…

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to address several recent letters to the editor pertaining to the potential removal of the Potter Hill Dam. Mr. Buford, Mr. Perry and Ms. Poyer, if you live on or adjacent to the section of the Pawcatuck River in question, I truly respect your opi…

The public needs to know local elected officials have not been included in the Potter Hill Dam situation as they should have been. For my part I am maintaining an interest. I grew up in Ashaway. However, local leaders and town council members should have had more input and certainly more inf…

I read with interest the article concerning the controversy over the Potter Hill Mill Dam removal. Let’s state what this controversy is really about. It’s a handful of riverfront landowners who are afraid their personal playground will be changed if the dam is removed versus the thousands of…

Removal of the Potter Hill Dam is a major component of returning the Pawcatuck River’s original wild and scenic qualities. It will be the last of six dam removals undertaken recently for this purpose. It will be a major benefit to the fishery and to climate resiliency. This is why all the en…

The Town of Westerly first had a court-approved order of condemnation on the dangerous Potter Hill Mill ruin in 1984. I am very pleased that, in its wisdom, the current Town Council recently voted to use COVID-19 federal relief funds to finally address this problem. Taking down the mill ruin…

Ms. Denise M. Lenihan’s courageous letter titled “America’s exit from Afghanistan was unconscionable” (Sept. 25) should shock its readers into seeing the incompetence of President Biden and his administration and how it’s led to the tragedy that’s taken place in Afghanistan.

Stonington should be able to come up with a Plan B that makes more sense for the Campbell Grain lot. Our intertwined Westerly/Pawcatuck downtown would suffer from this ill-conceived 82-apartment monstrosity purporting to be affordable housing that nobody wants. Once Winn disappears and is no…

This is in reference to the article of Oct. 3, “Should it stay or should it go?” regarding the Potter Hill Mill dam. The article quotes a Mr. Tim Mooney, a spokesman for the Nature Conservancy organization. He states many reasons why the Nature Conservancy, NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlif…

The editorial “20 years after 9/11, we are letting the terrorists win,” penned by the Hartford Courant and reprinted in the Sept. 24 Westerly Sun, should have everyone thinking of the comedian Joan Rivers’ “Can we talk?” signature line. I prefer to write. The Courant makes a good point exami…

I am certainly disappointed in the resignation of Pastor David Stall from the Chariho School Committee. He is an asset to our community and region. However we should be more disappointed in the whole Chariho School Committee for permitting the treatment of him. In government, ideas should be…

A friend who knows that I am an advocate for child speech therapy e-mailed me the compelling letter to the editor from Michael Niemeyer of Westerly that titled “Tell legislators early intervention needs help.” Mr. Niemeyer made the strong argument for more funding and attention for the Early…

I urge Stonington residents think strategically about the Campbell Grain affordable housing development and vote “No” to support the development. Stonington’s population has declined by 1% between the last two censuses. We are an old population, and we have fewer people living in our homes. …

I support the revitalization of downtown Pawcatuck and therefore urge my fellow Stonington residents to reaffirm the favorable resolution at the town meeting on the Campbell Grain Project by voting “No” to the misguided attempt to overturn the meeting vote. The project has been vetted by and…

Those who embrace fear seem unable to address another’s point of view without direct, personal attacks. In his response (“COVID-19 misinformation is the enemy,” Sept. 23) to my recent letter (“S.A.F.E. (Save Americans From Everything,” Sept 17), Mr. Gerheim found it necessary to not only put…

A remarkable thing: in these days of heated party politics, a non-partisan group of Stonington residents from all over town have joined forces. We oppose the development of an old grain mill site on the Pawcatuck River into 82 units of housing that would also include affordable housing. Our …

Town government in Hopkinton needs to be strengthened. That can greatly increase by volunteers who are registered votersfilling numerous tens of various board and commission openings. One need not have great credentials, but the willingness to serve the town. A list of vacancies is on the to…

It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. (It feels much more recent.) We will never forget our loved ones and friends we lost, all our heroes, religious clergies that day and following, plus military campaigns who assembled to save lives, even sacri…

On Sunday, Sept. 19, representatives of the Westerly, North Stonington, and Hopkinton Conservation Commissions and the Stonington Economic Development Commission (Quad-Town) gathered on the banks of the Pawcatuck River to announce the opening of a new kayak/canoe launch site at the Boombridg…

    On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Stonington voters will vote in a referendum to decide whether to overturn a 10-year tax abatement for a developer who proposes to build an 82-unit affordable apartment building at the end of Coggswell Street, close to the railroad tracks.

    “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” This quote worded slightly different was used to help typists learn how to type. Today, it has a more urgent meaning, especially concerning the situation in Afghanistan.

    Since joining the Richmond Dog Park Committee, I am often asked “What’s wrong with the current dog park?” My answer is there is nothing “wrong” with the unofficial dog park, however, there is a lot to be improved.

    We should all applaud the Westerly Town Council’s action at the Sept. 20 meeting to fund the clean-up of the old Potter Hill Mill site. As Harvey Perry so clearly explained, the site has been a liability risk for Westerly for decades as well as a blight on the Potter Hill Community. This lia…

    Donna Gorman’s letter of Sept. 17 begins by saying she was challenged to cite reliable sources. She says there aren’t any “long-term” sources and then says “[I] think for myself,” which is the same as admitting she’s making it up. She then continues with plenty of feeling and exaggeration, l…

    What a gift to the Westerly community! Thank you to the Chorus of Westerly, Ryan Saunders and Andrew Howell for an outstanding Summer Pops 2021. One of the best features this year was the program which included a variety of music to appeal to different tastes and age groups. Selections range…

    As I write this, it is the end of week two of the school year, and there are a large number of elementary and middle school students already in quarantine. For some it is an entire classroom. Again ... we are going into week three. Roughly 38 weeks to go till summer vacation.

    There’ve been many thought-provoking articles paraded in The Sun in the last couple weeks (examples: “Free trees available for fall planting” and “Harvard will divest itself from fossil fuels” (Sept. 11)), but let’s revisit Sept. 7’s “Sean Ouillette’s killer doesn’t deserve parole.” His 14-y…

    In the sixties there were role models for every mother. They looked better clearning than we looked going to a party. It was funny — they never got mad at the kids, put on weight or fought with their mates. They never cleaned the toilet, had ants in the kitchen and they got their original we…

    Despite the Charlestown Citizens Alliance having a 3-2 majority on the Town Council, effectively blocking efforts by councilors supported by Charlestown Residents United to respond to and support the interests of all the citizens of Charlestown, CCA still persists in trying to find new ways …

    The board of directors of the Rotary Club of Westerly Foundation wishes to thank everyone who supported our cause by buying food and beverages and those who worked at this concession this past Saturday or donated.

    I plan to continue as chairman of the Hopkinton Republicans to advocate for a member of our town committee, Pastor David Stall, who is also a Chariho School Committee member, to get things on the School Committee agenda.Those in office are accountable for their conduct, including Linda Lyall…

    Sometimes in political dialogue the acronym OMA is used without being fully understood. The Open Meetings Act (OMA) was enacted by the Rhode Island legislature to prevent political decisions from being made in secret without the public’s awareness. The intent is to ensure any decision made b…

    I am writing in favor of the Campbell Grain Development project. Just the facts: There will be 82 units, with 75 percent considered affordable housing based on the AMI (area median income) of residents in the New London County region. Forty-seven percent of Stonington residents would qualify…

    After publication of my letter on Sept. 7 (“Forcing kids to wear masks is the real challenge”), I was challenged several days later to cite a reliable source. There can be nothing long-term at this point in time, and when available, as with any data, it can be skewed either way. I prefer to …

    In a recent Letter to the Editor (“Carney’s assertions are just plain wrong,” Sept. 11), one of my fellow Charlestown councilors, Bonnie Van Slyke, attempted to refute facts presented in my letter titled, “Actions speak louder than words.” I stand by my statements, which are backed up by vid…

    As the president of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance, I cannot ignore the baseless comments made recently by Mr. Scott Bill Hirst in the Westerly Sun (“Charlestown should put questions on agenda,” Sept. 9). Mr. Hirst must first heed his own counsel that “it is advisable to stay out of anoth…

    In her letter titled, “Council meetings should be convenient for all” (The Westerly Sun, Sept. 6), Ms. Jodi Frank rails about the town administrtator setting the time for the agenda meetings in Charlestown.

    Councilor Carney recently wrote, “actions always speak louder than words.” I ask, however, “If actions speak louder than words, why do we automatically believe the words that come out of a person’s mouth?”

    More than 50 years later and Sirhan Sirhan continues to torture, per your Aug. 28 and 31 articles about a modern-day torn Kennedy clan on his possible parole. Fresh off his California primary win in June 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was primed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination to …

    In her letter to the editor of The Sun on Sept. 7 (“Forcing kids to wear masks is the real madness”), Donna Gorman states, “… the psychological negative impact of masks is immeasurable. This applies to all, but especially our children.” I challenge Ms. Gorman to cite a reliable source for th…

    Do you ever wonder about the schmoes who spend their waking hours figuring out ways to hoodwink us? I’m talking about the guys/gals who create clever defaults for Amazon. They bilk shoppers who qualify for free shipping with full shipping costs because these shoppers don’t know to undo the d…

    As a local leader in Chariho it is advisable to stay out of another town’s internal politics, certainly generally. However I am concerned about restricting various opinions in “the public square,” or even having a discussion of them. It is apparent, even when those in office think they have …

    America faces one of the most dangerous tyrannies in its history. It is killing people. It is doing extraordinary damage to our economy, businesses, families, the education of our children, and our social lives. It is the tyranny of COVID-19.

    Open government, transparency and inclusion are merely words to the Charlestown Citizens Alliance. As president of the Charlestown Town Council, I know first-hand of their abuse of power. Case in point is the way in which items are placed on our Town Council meeting agendas.

    Elected leaders have an important role.  These public servants give their time and expertise to chair meetings, set agendas, and collaborate with others to develop budgets, policies, and procedures. What happens if meetings are scheduled when the duly elected president of a town council is u…