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To the editor: An open letter to the Portsmouth School Committee: I have read with interest and also some alarm about recent communications surrounding the proposed phasing out of the study of … more
To the editor: A speaker at a recent School Committee meeting asked, “If we go ahead and implement school start time change this year, what will we be teaching our children?” As a father and professional educator, the question stuck … more
To the editor: My wife and I have raised four children in Westport. They came in pairs, almost exactly ten years apart. The two oldest, a girl and a boy, were 7 and 9 when my wife and I were married in 1982. In those days, the Westport … more
To the editor: The Town of Portsmouth is starting the annual procedure of analyzing the town budget. This difficult project is being picked over by the town council and town manager. I am writing this letter to advocate for the Portsmouth … more
To the editor: As a taxpayer and parent of a young student, I want to express my concern over the process by which this start time decision was arrived at. Supporters indicate this has been on the agenda for five years and is … more
To the editor: Elementary students will endure early school start times and longer days to accommodate teens sleeping later. We need your support in urging our school committee to postpone the decision for later school start … more
The flaws of the dead are often ignored. It's human nature to honor the dead by ignoring their lesser qualities. We focus on the good, not the bad. Particularly if that person was in the public eye. In the case of  Dr. William H. Rizzini, there … more
To the editor: I recently read Senator Walter Felag's proposed legislation, 2016-S 2149, in the Bristol Phoenix that would exempt military pensions from the state income tax and felt compelled as a Viet Nam veteran to write this letter. I … more
To the editor: As I read the article in the Bristol Phoenix concerning the parade route, I would like to comment on the following portion: "Michael Ursillo, the committee's legal counsel, responded in full, as did Fran O'Donnell, committee … more
To the editor: Wow! It didn't take long. The ink from Raimondo's signature on the toll bill was just barely dry when the director of DOT announced the creation of 14 “overseer" positions to keep an eye on the road/bridge projects. But it … more
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