What started as a protest based on false reports that critical race theory was being taught in the Chariho Regional School System; that pornography and sex education were being taught in the elementary schools; that the curriculum contained race-based instructions; that Christian values were…

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After looking at the situation in Ukraine, and NOT being a Ph.D. historian or foreign policy expert, it’s become clear that it takes serious effort to understand the intricacies and historic background of this war.

Were the comments made by the town solicitor during the April 11 Westerly Town Council meeting a true and accurate representation of the facts regarding the Planning Board supposedly not complying with a 30-day rule to provide a review and recommendation of the Bradford School property back …

Commenting on the appointment of African-American Karine Jean-Pierre’s appointment as White House Secretary to replace Caucasian-American Jenn Psaki, Caucasian American Tucker Carlson said May 10 on Fox News, available on the Fox News website, “The all-important press secretary gig has gone …

Can we please do away with the talk of abortion, since it’s an emotionally charged term for a practice no one wants. It’s reproductive freedom of choice at stake for millions, with abortion one of the choices. With no scientific breakthroughs, biological discoveries or intellectual change in…

The recent letter to the editor, “A Vision for a water-resilient Westerly” (May 13), highlighted important considerations as Westerly becomes a wetter place due to increased rainfall and sea-level rise. I was so pleased with Andie Vellenga’s letter that I would like to meet her and invite he…

Some people may not know that May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This is a disease which the only cure is to not consume gluten. The people who have Celiac Disease have to watch and read every label of food they are going to buy. When they go out to dinner they have to question …

For years, activists have worried that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, and they’ve often been told by lawmakers that it will never happen. The leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion last week proved that our fears were real.

Westerly may want to consider changing its name to Wetterly. As the climate changes in the coming decades, it is going to bring a lot more water to our seaside town. Many of us have heard that the sea levels are rising — and they are — but this is not the only factor that is bringing more wa…

I’m not sure if you’ve been following the controversy surrounding the Barrington School district’s new policy of “de-leveling” studies. I fear the national consulting firms involved in “equity” are striving toward something our district may not be aware of. The equity part of the agenda in B…

On Tuesday, I went to the State House to testify in support of H7536 to establish an Office of the Ombudsman for Special Education. The stories that I heard there were heartbreaking.

At this time, Rhode Island taxpayers are being asked again to fund abortion-on-demand through the state Medicaid program and the state employees’ health insurance program. The bill under consideration at the Rhode Island State House right now was introduced just a few days ago and is a furti…

Let me see if I have this right. On Dec. 31, 2021, the town of Westerly assessed the former Bradford School building and property’s value at $3,816,400. Last week the town of Westerly publicly listed this same property for sale with Coldwell Banker at an asking price of $750,000!

A headline in the April 26 issue of The Westerly Sun — “N.Y. judge finds Trump in contempt for failing to respond to subpoena” — sounds like fun until you read the not-so-fine print. “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” which is exactly what Trump did as his 2016-20 tenure h…

On Monday morning there were two letters to The Sun that provoked thought and reaction. Dan King urges us to save, don’t sell, Bradford Elementary (“Save, don’t sell, Bradford Elementary School,” May 2). I’m in agreement with most of the letter, especially the section about our historic tend…

During our current Hopkinton town budgeting process, it has become abundantly clear that Hopkinton cannot fully increase its funding to the Ashaway Ambulance Association and the Hope Valley Ambulance Squad to meet their needs. Both ambulances are requesting $100,000 grants for the 2022-23 fi…

The original Chariho school budget was voted on and did not pass. Everyone is entitled to vote yes or no, but either way should vote based on facts and not based on misinformation. The social climate of our community has become overtaken by those that spread such misinformation and, frankly,…

I am writing in response to the letter of April 28 by Mr. Doug Brockway concerning the removal of the Potter Hill Dam (“Thoughts on the Potter Hill Mill Dam situation”). I do not live on the Pawcatuck River nor do I have a pontoon boat on the river nor do I have a well which is dependent on …

I find the Westerly Town Council’s recent vote to sell the former Bradford Elementary School building short-sighted and irresponsible. The current elementary school redesign options all appear to support a maximum occupancy approach without any consideration for the resiliency necessary to a…

The Chariho budget has become a hot-button issue throughout the towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton. After the defeat of the budget, the School Committee and administration came back together to further work to make cuts to the budget in hopes of getting a slimmed-down version back …

“If you ask people to come boots on the ground, you prevent participation from people who are not in Westerly.” These were the words of Westerly Town Council President Sharon Ahern. Reducing the length of meetings is the goal of another councilor, Suzanne Giorno. Councilor Chris Duhamel says…

The next Chariho vote on their district budget is on Thursday, May 5. The vote is not on a Tuesday. Tuesday, May 3, is the annual financial town assembly at Hopkinton Town Hall. That night voters can bring their ideas on the proposed town budget. Monday, May 2, is the first regular meeting o…

Yeah, the Earth deserves its day of recognition, but let’s face it, without the sun, it’s just a dark rock going in circles. More than a great newspaper, the sun shares water’s star status (World Water Day was March 22), essential to life on this planet. Not bad for a 93-million-mile-away bu…

On Saturday, April 23, Charlestown held its Spring Roadside Cleanup Day. So for one day, at least, unsightly litter is gone and people can enjoy how truly beautiful the main thoroughfares and secondary roads in Charlestown are. It seems that the cleanup crews come from a variety of sources. …

On Tuesday, the Let Rhode Island Vote Act will be brought to the state Senate floor for a vote. The League of Women Voters South County supports this bill, which will codify the policies that expanded access to the ballot box for voters in the last election.

The April 20 issue of The Sun reports that gun safety activists decry inaction as U.S. shootings surge. The report states that inaction threatens the coalition that helped elect President Biden, and that will be needed for Democrats to retain control of Congress. The report states that progr…

It appears that the Westerly Town Council is considering creating the position of assistant town manager. I am opposed to creating such a position. The town does not need it. We have had 21 town managers since Westerly adopted the town council/manager form of government. None of these town m…

Looking at the Westerly financial statement of activities for 2020, it appears that total expenses amount to $116,233,649. The total for general revenues is, $103,140,010. And please remember and reflect upon the fact that this budget is serving a population of 17,555 residents.

When I look at the destruction in Ukraine, I see the power of a lie. If the Russian people knew of the atrocities performed in their name, their protests would bring the war to a close overnight. But they are fed a constant diet of lies presented by people in authority with endearing confide…

Phill Overton should have followed his own advice and stayed out of School Committee business. His April 12 Sun letter to the editor (“Westerly schools in need of improvement”) did not serve his self-described expertise in finance well either. It calls to mind the saying a little knowledge c…

On April 12, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced that the state of Rhode Island and the city of Providence were committing $41 million in taxpayer money to help the owner of the Industrial Trust Building in Providence to convert the building to apartments, offices and shops. This building’…

The new U.S. potato champion, Maine, pushes aside Washington and Idaho, reclaiming America’s heavyweight potato title held through World War II. The Sun’s “Maine potatoes travel far after western drought” (April 3) “eye-opener” was a great read focusing on the comprehensive transition we nee…

Saturday was a great day to enjoy spring in New England. About 25 enthusiastic walkers and a couple of leashed dogs enjoyed lots of bird song and clear views of the Pawcatuck River across a landscape of typical New England hardwood forest, one-half mile of river frontage with portage, a larg…

Charlestown will again conduct a roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 23. The result will be clean, attractive roadsides. Residents who care will devote part of their day to helping keep Charlestown beautiful. Score one for the residents who care about this town. Within a few weeks litter wil…

In my years on the Westerly Town Council I have always tried to stay out of the School Committee’s business, as I will be the first to tell you that I am not an expert when it comes to education management. My expertise is in finance and numbers. But I have picked up on an issue from our rec…

I am pleased with the defeat of the Chariho School budget. The notable fact was increased participation, and two of the towns, Hopkinton and Richmond, solidly voted against it. It appears the Charlestown no vote was higher than usual. The “Chariho Establishment,” which is the school administ…

In an opinion piece (“What if Fox News viewers watched CNN?”) on the Commentary page in Wednesday’s issue of The Sun, Matthew Yglesias, Bloomberg opinion writer, managed to either entirely misunderstand or grossly misrepresent some research on media consumption. “Can Fox News viewers be depr…

I am amazed that Ms. Mitchell (“Can’t see a doctor without a mask and fed up,” April 7) has picked the hill of mask-wearing as the one she is quite literally willing to die on. As someone who has worked in health care for the last 20 years, and who was fortunate enough to remain employed dur…

Like the majority of voters, I voted no on the Chariho budget Tuesday. Why? Because I stand for children and for quality public education. I also stand for the taxpayers. And for basic decency. I am a friend of Chariho.

Tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Mr. Chiaradio, your horse has died, get off! You have taken on the mantle of stopping the hyper-sexualization of kids. Well, sex and kids’ natural curiosity abo…

I am happy to report that on March 7, the Westerly Town Council did adopt and submit a Resolution to the General Assembly opposing Bill 2022—H6638 entitled “An Act Relating To Towns And Cities – Zoning Ordinances” and it requested that our legislators do so as well.

The idiom “drinking their own Kool-Aid” refers to the unquestioned consumption and swallowing of an idea without critical thought. In the case of the proposal to abolish Town Council term limits, the idiom refers to a person(s) that will continue to believe in a fabricated idea due to the ex…

I am a nearly 76-year-old female (born female!) and I cannot get medical care locally because I refuse to wear a mask. I have severe lateral spinal scoliosis, which compresses my lungs so they cannot expand, and although my oxygen levels are good my volume is not, and I also have COPD so I d…

The headline for the lead article in The Westerly Sun on March 30 quotes newly appointed Town Manager Shawn Lacey saying to the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce members “Consider us your partner”. While we applaud this initiative, we would like to remind Mr. Lacey that there are other con…