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I have no idea if Rep. Price’s version of his behavior at the Washington rally that turned into sedition is accurate. Nor can I read what is in his heart. The people who vote for him must judge his credibility. Who knows what a video or email might show in the coming weeks? Who knows where h…

Is the porch coming back? I remember the porch. Kids left their toys on them. After dinner you had coffee on the porch. We lived in a different world back then. We never pulled the blinds down and hid behind them at dusk.

In response to Pam Salimeno’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s issue of The Sun (“Some of what the right is angry about”), I think there is a difference between looking and seeing. When we look for something (i.e. looking for a fight, looking for trouble), we invariably find it. Looking is …

I appreciate the moderate tone of Pam Salimeno’s Jan. 19 letter to the editor explaining “what the right is angry about,” but take issue with some of the content. Ms. Salimeno writes that the Washington Post called for impeachment “19 minutes after Mr. Trump was sworn in,” implying he was ne…

I watched in horror, disgust, and embarrassment at the attack on the U.S. Capitol building. I’ve expected some form of protest against the U.S. Congress for many years, but I never expected such a brutal attack or the vengeful behavior of the Congress afterwards. Congress has been blind to t…

The events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 are demonstrably the culmination of the dangerous and false rhetoric spread by President Trump, his campaign officials, and many of this country’s elected Congressional representatives. Despite repeated dismissals from state and federal courts, President T…

It looks like we have come full circle with the Democrats, from minimizing the 1st and 2nd Amendments, religion, and censoring one party. That not being enough, they, the Democrats, are questioning the National Guard. You can’t make this stuff up.

Our government has sent me $600 tax-free. Though I appreciate the extra cash, I really don’t need it. So my suggestion is that if you do not need it, find a friend (someone unemployed because of the pandemic) or relative who could use the money to pay for groceries, rent, car payments, and g…

I was watching a rerun of the movie “Forrest Gump” recently. One of his lines — “stupid is as stupid does” — obviously applies to whoever made the outrageous calls for Rep. Justin Price, (R-39th District) to resign. They come after his public remarks that the riots in Washington, D.C., on Ja…

On Jan. 22, the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force. Although the United States and the 8 other nuclear countries have not signed on to this treaty, it has been ratified by 51 countries, which it needed for enforcement.

On Wed., Jan. 20, there is a Westerly Town Council Public Hearing where decisions could be made that play an instrumental role in what the town of Westerly will look like in the future. The proposed Westerly 2020-2040 Comprehensive Plan (“Plan”) is in the final stages of acceptance. If this …

In regards to David West’s letter to the editor, “Wondering what the right is angry about,” Mr. West, I’m here to help. Nineteen minutes after Mr. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President, the Washington Post declared that the impeachment was on. The media and Democratic politicians grabbed …

Wednesday’s House vote left me with a dark, sinking feeling that I’ve never experienced, not once during these last four years. The House vote made clear that we may never reconcile; for Republicans refuse to be held accountable. Despite one of the most heinous acts against our republic, one…

I had barely hit the Send button for my recent letter decrying Sen. Elaine Morgan’s support of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters and her stifling of constituent input on her Facebook page when I learned of Rep. Justin Price’s egregious action. Rep. Price admits he took part …

Steve Sullivan has one thing right in his letter to the editor (“Price has the right to express his views,” Jan. 15). We have to stop labeling people we disagree with as the “radical left” or the “extreme right.” These ad hominem arguments do nothing to bring us together and merely serve to …

It was a pleasure to read Mr. Berardo’s guest opinion regarding the potential application of form-based codes to our town; a cogent and compelling piece. However, he glances over some of the more thorny issues that currently plague form-based codes, and I will return to this topic at another…

The headline in the Jan. 11 Sun asserts “In wake of Capitol riot, Americans struggle for answers,” which they may never find, as they ask the wrong questions. Violence in our nation’s political heart as President Trump’s stolen election fantasy plays out in real time despite his oath and dut…

Walter K. Babcock recently died. A former member of the Hopinton Town Council, during his service he served as vice president at least once, and at least once was the top candidate in vote totals. I am doing this “off the top of my head.” Ken was proud of his Native American heritage. One of…

The Southwestern Rhode Island Progressive Alliance was created following the 2020 election by residents from Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, Exeter, and West Greenwich to amplify the voices of progressives in these rural communities and, in doing so, promote economic and social equality, e…

Trump faces the second impeachment charge during his presidency. Senate Republicans would do well to vote to convict. Of course, they should do it because Trump publicly called for insurrection and encouraged a mob to assault the Capitol building. Republicans should also vote to convict to s…

“Growing clamor for state Rep Price’s ouster” (in the Jan. 12 Sun) really highlights another issue: the intolerance of some who would shut down free expression of ideas, movement and political action.

Anyone who does not see a parallel between the shameful Trump-inspired insurrection in the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and the early rise of the Nazis in 1920s Germany clearly does not know their history. I fear that this was just a dress rehearsal.

So in our imperfect union, if we are doing it right, the people who were not voted in are unhappy. So right now we must be doing it right. What I don’t understand (and I have tried) is what the right is angry about all the time. What they have made it appear to be is that they just don’t lik…

I am undoubtedly one of the more interested people in politics in our region. Actually not only participating in it, but quite interested in political history. I want to touch on a couple of things.

In her letter to the editor on Jan. 7, state Sen. Elaine Morgan tells the residents of District 34, “I look forward to your input …. If on Facebook, please visit and like Senator Elaine Morgan to keep updated on the issues local and statewide. I welcome your voice, thoughts and concerns.”

His name was George. I met him when I entered seminary in the winter of 1981-82. He was about 20 years older than me and embarking on a second career. He’d been active in his home church. His life was at a crossroads and he chose to leave behind a career in banking to follow Christ into the …

I am an ordinary American, and I spent Wednesday wondering how four surreal, lawless years have climaxed with the president of the United States urging insurrection. His fevered supporters stormed the Capitol to protest an election result that no one in authority found fault with, not even t…

In these challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been bright moments that have brought me hope. Recently in Westerly, the community came together in support of neighbors by opening Pantry on the Lane.

Scott Bill Hirst’s middle name is his mother’s maiden name. The Bills are a famous, historic family in Hopkinton and Stonington. It is not a redneck, cracker name like “Billy Joe Bob,” etc. His name is Scott. Calling him Scott Bill is disrespectful.

With regards to the letter of Mr. Mageau in the Dec. 24-25 edition of The Sun, “Comparing Trump to Hitler despicable,” which is replete with inane claims, assertions, and “alternative facts,” it should be brought to Mr. Mageau’s attention that after all of his “research,” it would appear tha…

In response to a recent letter to the editor questioning the COVID-19 protocols that Charlestown has put in place to ensure the safety of our residents and town’s staff, I offer the following factual information.

“Biden says pace of vaccine rollout too slow” and “Trump’s $2K checks stall in Senate” in my Dec. 30 issue of The Sun provides hope that Biden will brightly emerge from Trump’s shadow and Trump will go quietly into the good night ... yeah, and then you woke up. 2020’s top 3 words: 1. COVID; …

Whether or not the condition of the Winnapaug Golf Course (WGC) has improved markedly under present ownership, as was suggested in a recent letter, is up for debate. Declining memberships there, even as the number of rounds played has risen at many courses during this Pandemic, is one argume…

The same day that I read “The sobering saga of Young Joe, Part Two” two teens were killed in car crash in Coventry, Conn., not far from where I used to live. One was 19 and the other 16. The third teen, in the back seat, survived remarkably well physically, but mentally will carry this tragi…

A recent letter to the editor encouraged readers to “Give golf course owner’s plan a chance.” As a concerned “abutter” I felt that the points raised in this letter required some clarity. I will try to address some of the points raised in the letter.

There is a document called the Westerly Comprehensive Plan, a “device by which all future proposals and initiatives — whether for conservation, development or infrastructure — shall be measured.” The mission of this plan states: “The vision of the Town of Westerly is to preserve Westerly’s q…

From the 2020-40 Westerly Comprehensive Plan proposal: “The Plan for the Town of Westerly (the Town) is the community land-use program that will guide all land-use and physical development in Westerly from now (2020) to the end of 2040.” “This Plan is the device by which all future proposals…

Deborah Carney’s summary of Charlestown’s achievements during 2020 and the pandemic leaves something big out — the fact that town employees have not been offered “the protocols put in place to protect our residents.” While most towns in the state, as well as in neighboring states, in order t…

I have been a member at Winnapaug since 2009 and have frequently played there since 1975. I have been an interested observer of the debate about the Winnapaug development and the resistance by abutters to any changes in the current conditions. I believe that the concerned abutters are not co…

There have been a flurry of letters to the editor on the topic of future planned development on the Winnapaug Golf Course property. Regardless which side of the argument you might be on, I implore the residents of Westerly and the Town Council to require any development in town to be conduct…

At the risk of starting a “tit for tat” correspondence with Mr. Mageau in regard to his letter appearing in The Sun’s Dec. 24 issue in defense of Trump’s failed presidency; I cannot resist a response. The parallels between Trump’s and Hitler’s personalities have been commented upon by many p…

As a longtime property owner that borders the Winnapaug Golf Club, I took particular interest in the recent letter from Doug Brockway, who is currently serving on Westerly’s Economic Development Commission and on its Zoning Board. I support the EDC’s efforts to expand economic opportunities …

Back in September, I wrote a letter to the editor suggesting that the proposed changes to what a golf course could do with their property, regarding future development, be put before the voters. I would now like to withdraw that suggestion, since, over the past few months, the citizens of We…

It is truly unfortunate that there are people in our society today who are so ignorant of history that they would compare President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. That is so despicable that the people who do that should be ashamed to show their faces in public. Is it that they are willfully i…

“Blanketed” may have blanketed the Dec. 18 lead story in The Westerly Sun, but buried in Nation & World on page B6 in the briefs was my lead story, “Biden to pick Rep. Haaland as Interior Secretary,” as Native Americans kinda sorta get back control of a slightly altered country taken fro…

Town Planner Nancy Letendre is a promoter of “Smart Growth.” This is “an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options and community engagement,” a rather shrewd description. In truth, it advocates mixed-use (residential …

At the risk of overreacting, I was astonished with the report that former general and presidential advisor Michael Flynn suggested that President Trump call upon the military of this country to assume power and conduct another (undoubtedly rigged) election to keep Trump in power!

I think I’m finally beginning to understand the perverse genius of Donald Trump. Ever the grifter (he’s never made an honest buck in his life), he’s now engaged in one of his greatest scams. He’s obviously known since Nov. 4 that he lost the election, but there was a great opportunity in thi…