The first week the new Westerly Town Council met, the Council Rules of Procedure permitted two 15-minute citizens’ comment periods, the first for agenda items and the second for both agenda and non-agenda items. Councilors would respond to agenda items but advised not to respond to non-agend…

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This letter is a follow-up to an item I recently submitted to the new Town Council regarding the memorial granite plaques and memorial trees placed in our downtown sidewalks, many of which have long been awaiting replacement trees after being removed years ago. These are the trees whose meta…

As an active Republican and "political junkie," I am quite interested in the 2020 Democratic race for president. I noted the story "Gillibrand is hard at work readying for presidential bid," in The Westerly Sun, Saturday, Jan. 12. Undoubtedly, many Democrats are planning or considering a run. 

How broken is the federal government? It's been several months since the Supreme Court nominee hearings were held, but those hearings clearly demonstrated how dysfunctional our federal government has become — grandstanding, partisanship, lack of normal professional courtesies, etc.

How can it be legal or equitable for the state to fund the education of illegal aliens’ children in Providence’s sanctuary city when it siphons taxes from our community to support criminal-entry illegal families instead of our legal citizens? Could rural towns sue the state and Providence ov…

As one member of the bike committee said back in 2014, his dad worked 30 years ago toward a bike path in Charlestown. Since then there have been numerous studies by the town and state. Most recently statewide planning (Feb. 26, 2018) produced the Rhode Island Moving Forward 2040 Long Range T…

These days it seems we all know who certain politicians are based on the amount of noise they make in the media and by the media. But has anyone heard of three common-folk individuals in Hope Valley who recently retired their licenses as emergency medical technicians after dedicating years o…

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it is my honor to represent them.

Thanks for the across the border Jan. 4 uplift with the editorial “Success of bike program in N.H. model for future.” The bike program cycles on this winter. The 2017 Nashua population of 88,000 makes them about three times our combined Westerly/Pawcatuck population of 27,600, but the inviti…

Westerly’s eastern coyotes certainly have received a bad rap. That is too bad, as they are an absolutely magnificent creature and a major wildlife success story in North America. I can appreciate that some of our citizens are afraid of them, but the facts are very clear that incidents of coy…

Please, all of you Hopkinton Town Councilors, at the pending Chariho Omnibus meeting, demand to know why our excellent, 5-star elementary students are reduced to 3-star learning when they enter Chariho Middle School! Get mean about it, demand an explanation, demand reduced taxation for such …

I would like to respond to my friend Vic Arnold’s letter in Friday’s Westerly Sun. He does what many libertarians and capitalists do, which is to use the label “socialism” as a pejorative to include a whole range of practices and ideas without needing to consider each on its own merits. The …

Your Dec. 19 “NY AG puts Trump Foundation to sleep” registers a zero on the Surprise Meter, scaled 1 to 10. So the Trump Foundation is a charitable shell front whose board hasn’t met this century that performed “a shocking pattern of illegality including unlawful coordination with the Trump …

Socialism has never worked anywhere for very long because markets have too many unknown interdependencies and non-linearities. Markets are unpredictable and attempts at government control turn into crony capitalism.

I’m responding to the article by Jay Lustgarten on Monday, Dec. 17, only because he has deliberately misstated facts while using my name, not because he has anything instructive, or constructive to offer the reader. He conflates two very serious issues in our country today; namely, the opioi…

The 2018 Westerly Sun People’s Forum has become “Zombie Times” after the Dec. 9 letter, “Guns don’t kill people. You need a human for that,” which mirrors Mike Latham’s April 13 answer to the 2017 statistic of 109 daily gun deaths (39,773 gun deaths per 365 days, per the CDC) as explained in…

As far as I know Charlestown has never officially decided to have a bike path. There has never even been a public discussion of the concept. This week the Charlestown town council postponed a discussion on another bike path feasibility study which cost taxpayers $27,000. We should have a ref…

I was among those who filled out the Hopkinton Comprehensive Plan survey during our last major update. My survey response can be summarized as "keep Hopkinton rural." This does not mean freeze things where we are. We face new challenges. Staying rural is going to take a lot of change.

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the "Concept Feasibility Study for Phase I of a Coastal Route Bikeway, from Ninigret Park to Matunuck Schoolhouse Road." The plan is available on the town's website, www.charlestownri.org. It is located on the home pag…

I recently completed the Citizens’ Police Academy program. It is an eight-week, once-a-week, two-hour session that seeks to create a better connection between the Westerly Police Department and us, the citizens of Westerly.

    President George H. W. Bush’s death is notable. It seems nowadays presidents living to age 90 is not unusual. John Adams was the first, dying in 1826, and the second Herbert C. Hoover in 1964.

      Sen. Elaine J. Morgan is fighting hard for our state, which we all know is in a very bad disarray. Sen. Morgan passes on information to us constantly about how our state is spending money foolishly.

        On Thanksgiving day, Christ (Episcopal) Church, Westerly, held a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for any person who came to share, partake, and enjoy together giving thanks to God for his bounty. The meal was very good, well prepared and plentiful. Many attended and piano music filled the dining …

          The headline “Supporters of Ecuadorian immigrant block fed building” in Saturday’s Westerly Sun highlights yet another mess from our immigration laws. People often say that America was built by immigrants. That is true, but that was a different world — before socialism and the welfare state.

            Your Nov. 18 editorial “Hold politicians accountable to release common sense information” has a “run before you walk” feel, considering Rudy Giuliani (Donald Trump’s personal lawyer) declaring in August that “truth isn’t truth.” What is the value of “politicians’ common-sense information” wh…

              This is in response to the letter of Ed Walsh of Charlestown, titled “Thank you to Jennifer Douglas,” in The Sun on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. As a champion of Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, of our 34th Senatorial district, I think the following should be considered.

                My sincere thanks to the voters of Charlestown for their vote of confidence. I look forward to continuing to represent all the citizens of our beautiful town in the coming two years on the Town Council. Your participation and comments are always welcome.