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To the editor: One item within the Tiverton Town Charter that has become a contentious topic of debate is the current signature count (50) required to gain access to the ballot as a valid candidate for the Charter Review Commission. My belief is that the current requirement of 50 signatures is adequate and respects the right of any citizen who wishes to seek public office. more
To the editor: My children play around Melville pond regularly and have fished there several times. There is an elementary school just a few hundred feet up the hill. So I was concerned when I … more
To the editor: As a candidate for the Town Charter Review Commission, I have been interested to see all of the political discussion and debate. Much of it has been narrow in focus and misleading as to the nature of the Charter Review Commission's actual role. It would appear the only point that matters to the many of the candidates is the status of the Financial Town Referendum and matters of the budget.  While funding the day to day and long term operations of the town is obviously paramount, I feel these scare tactics are disingenuous and wrong.  more
To the editor: I am running for the Charter Review Commission (CRC). The Town Charter is the document that governs our town and will need careful understanding and consideration for the voters to … more
To the editor: As a candidate for the Tiverton Charter Review Commission I have been asked many questions concerning the Tiverton Financial Town Referendum (FTR). The Tiverton Charter is much more … more
To the editor I’m sure by now the fine folks here in Tiverton have had enough of the rhetoric surrounding the Charter Review Commission (CRC) vote coming up July 18. By rhetoric, I include the “sky is falling” talk about the FTR and your taxes “sky rocketing." Here is the reality of it: not a single candidate wants to eliminate the FTR! Even the one candidate who did recently stated he is very open to maintaining it and wants to hear from the other elected candidates. more
To the editor: As the Charter Commission vote in Tiverton on July 18th approaches, here are a few thoughts to add to the mix. I have been reading all of the LTE's from candidates and I would like to address some issues here: In the past there have been very few people who ever attended the Budget Committee meetings. It is for that reason there is no precedent set for getting audience input which seems to have caused a controversy this year, enough so that some want to get rid of the Budget Committee altogether. That would be a very, very bad idea in my opinion. more
To the editor: There are approximately 17,000 of us who call Tiverton our home. To maintain that home, we have a Town Charter which ensures we know who is taking care of what, and how that’s being done. Like any good document, it lives and breathes with the will of the people. more
Here they are:According to GoLocal Prov (6/29/17) the combined net worth of the group which is asking you to subsidize their Triple AAA stadium dreams is $8 to $10 billion. Patriot owner, Bob Kraft … more
To the editor: At least every six years, Tiverton elects a Charter Review Commission to review our towns charter. This commission’s duty is to review the charter in its current form. This commission meets for one year and makes recommendations for amendment revisions/additions. On election day. November, 2018, any proposed alterations are added to the ballot and voters have the final say to accept or reject those amendments. The charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of the town of Tiverton. It’s much more than the budget process and protecting the FTR more
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