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In its letter titled, “Region’s congressional delegation says ‘damning document’ is not enough” (The Sun Staff, April 19, 2019), which shows that the Democrats have no intention of ending their “witch hunt” to prove that President Trump colluded with the Russians and obstructed justice. Even…

The solar flim-flam artists are at it again in Hopkinton with one of their tried-and-true scare tactics, warning residents that if they don’t approve the installation of a solar power plant in their neighborhood, they will get “something worse” — namely, an affordable housing project on thei…

I applaud the efforts of the Charlestown Ambulance and Charlestown Parks and Recreation to make automated external defibrillators accessible on a 24/7 basis, as rapid defibrillation is a key component in improving neurologically intact survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Needing to express my thankfulness for the availability of excellent health services close to home, I am grateful for the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service, the Emergency Department at Westerly Hospital, and in particular, I thank the staff of the Wound Care Department at Westerly Hospita…

I’m writing as a concerned Hopkinton resident. I was raised in Ashaway, and in 2003 my husband and I purchased a home in Voluntown, Conn. In 2010, I convinced my husband to move back to my hometown to raise our two children. We took all of our savings and bought our beautiful house in Hope V…

According to Forbes, Rhode Island ranks 43rd in the nation in business climate. It is the reason why we are always one of the first states into recession and one of the last states out of recession. In many cases local and state governments are outright hostile to business.

Stop & Stop employees going on strike has definitely put much into perspective in Richmond and surrounding areas. It seems crazy that our town has only one grocery store and that the Richmond store is the most expensive of all the area Stop & Shop stores.

At a recent Stonington Board of Education meeting, one of the board members brought up a point about changing the start times of the schools. I think that starting the high school later is a very good choice, but there are a lot of pros and cons.

In my work, I see 50 to 75 Westerly-area residents in the course of each week, and in numerous conversations over my 35-year career I can safely say I’ve heard it all. Customers become comfortable sharing things with me, as I do with them. Health and health care are frequent topics, and expe…

I realize this is often infuriating to many, but energy generation is not frozen in stasis. Our world is a pattern of increasing complexity where we live in an ever-expanding network of dependencies, biologically and technologically. Our jobs are to create efficient interconnections between …

I will comment on two things in The Westerly Sun of Wednesday,  April 10, 2019,  namely LouAnne McCormick’s letter of “Zoning abuse is tearing Hopkinton apart,”  and Cynthia Drummond’s article “Voters approve Chariho’s fiscal budget; referendum had low turnout.”

The issue tearing at the fabric of the Hopkinton community is not solar energy, it’s zoning. The reason towns have Comprehensive Plans, including land-use maps, is to provide predictable zoning and land-use rules. Homeowners rely on the integrity of that zoning plan when building or buying a home.

When exactly do arguments or differences of opinion about finance(s), overcome or defeat clearly identified public-safety issues? The simple straightforward answer should be, “Never!” However, we have such a situation in Pawcatuck. At issue, are the lack of sidewalks along Route 1 in Pawcatu…

On Monday evening, March 11, at a regular meeting, the town council honored the American Legion with a proclamation stating the longevity and service of the American Legion since March of 1919. The American Legion was formed on March 15, 1919, and was chartered in September of the same year.…

As president of the League of Women Voters South County, I would like to thank Mr. Tony Lementowicz, chair, Social Studies Department, Westerly High School, and Devyn Hetu, Westerly High senior and League student member, as well as the teachers and superintendents from South Kingstown, Narra…

On April 9, the taxpayers of Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton will vote on the 2019-20 Chariho Regional School District budget. Charlestown residents are encouraged to vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charlestown Town Hall. Due to a decline in enrollment, the Charlestown contribution to…

I was saddened that The Westerly Sun elected to republish a distorted Republican-based editorial from the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn., stating that Democrats plan to try to pack the Supreme Court if brought to power in 2020. It portrays the Republicans as innocent on this issue a…

I am curious to know why the religion of the sponsors of 2019-H 5927 (a resolution condemning the recent desecration of a Hebrew cemetery in Fall River) was deemed newsworthy, as reported in Sunday’s issue of The Westerly Sun in “Last Week in the Rhode Island General Assembly” (p. 2). I don’…

In the race for the new chair of our state’s Republican Party, we need a strong leader who will defend core conservative values, especially given the major leftward shift of the Democratic party, which has become radicalized by its progressive-socialist faction.

One of the agenda items the Charlestown Town Council discussed at its March 11 meeting was how to spend the surplus money (approximately $1 million) the town will have due to fewer Charlestown children attending Chariho. Unfortunately, there was no consideration for not spending the money. T…

The Charlestown Planning Commission will consider at its meeting tonight a request received from the attorney for Storage Place LLC to continue the hearing on the proposal to build a self-storage facility alongside Route 1 (between the Hitching Post and Willows Annex). The applicant’s attorn…

Walking the trails of our forested landscape, we see the skeletal remains of a once-robust tree canopy, with dead and decaying remnants carpeting the forest floor. We are witnessing the extensive damage to our forest by successive invasions of gypsy moths in the summers of 2017 and 2018.

Like Title IX itself, perhaps the passing of its author, former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, as detailed in your March 15th obituary, cannot be overestimated, with tennis legend Billie Jean King calling him “one of the most important Americans of the 20th century.” Similar to Martin Luther King’…

On Sept. 22, 2015, the man gets up up and goes about his normal routine with a cup of coffee. He looks at the weather and decides it's another good day for fishing. He leaves the house and goes down to the dock to get his 23-foot center-console powerboat ready to do some fishing. He finishes…

“It’s up to us to slow the onslaught of plastic litter” is not just “Around New England,” as featured in the March 4 issue of The Sun, but tragically the plastic litter is everywhere, including “some of the most remote parts of the world.”

We are thanking The Sun for last month’s letter making its way into the news (back then, it was Valentine’s Day being highlighted). Now, we have the good green luck to be honoring another traditional soul: St. Patrick’s Day. This subject matter touches us all lovingly, because each one of us…

In his letter of March 3, Jay Lustgarten calls for scrapping the Electoral college. While it is a rather odd and convoluted system, it solves some problems. Because of the prevailing fear of an overly powerful and repressive central government, the writers of he Constitution very wisely left…

A dedicated committee has been hard at work for six years to bring a dog park to fruition in Richmond.  We have received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement that reinforces the committee’s efforts and recommendations that this is a positive project for the community. 

The Substance Use Policy, Education, and Recovery PAC is pleased to stand with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha in support of the reclassification of simple possession of controlled substances. Mass incarceration stemming from the "War on Drugs" has destroyed lives and communities…

The editorial “To make your point, meet the candidates early in N. Hampshire” in the Feb. 24th issue of The Westerly Sun shines a light on personal political engagement, encouraging voters not to engage in secondhand news. Amen, as we struggle to overcome second-rung 2016 results that provid…

The Board of Finance over the past 15-plus years has strived to keep property tax increases generally in line with the level of inflation. It was a matter of fundamental fairness; that is, to ensure tax increases did not exceed the growth in our citizens’ incomes, and especially to protect m…

In response to the Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Solar is much better for the bottom line in Hopkinton," by Dorothy Gardiner: Dorothy, I agree with you, our town council did not do what is best for Hopkinton or the Hopkinton comprehensive plan.

New York's political leaders have stirred the moral conscience of the nation in passing the nation's most far-reaching pro-abortion law and then celebrating the killing of unborn children up to and including the day of delivery. As shocking as it is, we shouldn't be surprised. This is the ne…

This is in regards to Dorothy Gardiner's letter of Monday, Feb. 25, titled "Solar is much better for the bottom line in Hopkinton." As one of the three town council members in Hopkinton who voted against Brushy Brook in a 3-2 vote, I do not plan to vote against my original position on the Br…

A father who recently lost his job … a single mother who is having trouble juggling work and affordable care for her children … a household dealing with an unexpected long-term medical expense. For many Rhode Island families in financial difficulty, possibly in your own community, the cold t…

Recently an effort was made in Congress to honor all members of our public safety team with a single day called “First Responders Day” on Oct. 28. It never came out of committee in the House. Many states have set aside days for this honor, but they have low visibility and are usually known o…