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To the editor:  I see that the new School Department Strategic Plan committee now has 31 members. A smattering of parents, teachers, students, and school administrators and of course our … more
To the editor: We are building a new middle school for what I can remember the last time I checked was 58 MILLION DOLLARS more or less, but probably more.  It seems to me that for the … more
To the editor: Gentlemen, I am counsel to Preserve Little Compton, and represented the interests of a large number of Sakonnet Point neighborhood residents in the Newport Superior Court litigation … more
To the editor: I would like to start this letter by thanking Paul's Florist of Tiverton for the beautiful corsages and boutonnieres. Was not expected but was truly appreciated. Also thanks to … more
An economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, is quoted as saying, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a … more
To the editor: My last report told about the U. S. Navy ship Yankee going aground off Westport.  Applications were sent out by the Navy asking for bids to salvage the ship. A Mr. Arbuckle … more
To the editor, State Sen. Jim Seveney and Rep. Ken Marshall will conduct a Bristol constituents Q&A meeting this weekend to discuss state issues and topics of interest from the 2017 General … more
To the editor: Is the Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA) getting sloppy? First they harp on “protecting the FTR” and “control your taxes” for Charter Review Commission, and now their behind the scenes behavior is exposed. We’ll get to that in a minute. But first what is the TTA? Well the TTA leader, Justin Katz, is the product of an extreme right wing “think tank." All are welcome to visit his blogs, writings, and wisdom on Tivertonfactcheck.org or oceanstatecurrent.com. Something you will see in the menu is “transparency." In other words one could look up information that they feel is important. But these same people — that make claims for “good government” and transparency — are the first to work in secret. By now you have all read the exposed emails. In response, via tivertonfactcheck.org, Mr. Katz claims “the Committee tried a new method of distributing documents." So why then claim that the emails were stolen? Is Mrs. Janick not part of the budget committee (BC)? Oh wait, that’s right, she is not TTA! In addition to the disgusting nature of the emails, they include two non-budget committee members. One of them (Perkins) is the husband of a BC member, and the other is newly elected CRC member Robert Coulter. Might I point out that Mr. Coulter contributed $500 to the TTA and Mr. Perkins $150 (and his wife, Mrs. Driggs $150 also). What is transparent about including non-BC members that contribute financially to the TTA being included in back room discussions on our budget? Why weren’t the other non TTA BC members included in the emails “meant for the BC”? What’s this secret talk of “repurposing the library” in those emails? Now for the charter review. All you heard from the TTA was scare tactics about taxes. Really? And 975 (and less) of 2003 voters fell for that? Where was the substance that the other candidates spoke of? Updating and upgrading the CRC was the platform of the TTA opposition. Real changes and real improvements. Now we see more of the TTA's true colors. In Jeff Caron's own words, the TTA wants to take away the Town Council's power to negotiate and to handle charter review complaints. They want to choke off the library and repurpose it. They want to take away management rights to handle their departments. They want to take away the financial future of Tiverton by dumping every penny of the casino money into the control of the BC and potential petitioners (TTA). They want to limit the school committee power and have turnover in the Superintendent's office. They want control by creating instability and to drive this Town into a fee-based system. Ironically the same “elderly” and “taxpayers” they claim to want to protect will suffer with more cuts to services we all depend on. You use it, you pay for it. Go ahead Joe Sousa…flap your gums on the comment section now. David J Paull Tiverton more
To the editor: Three boys’ bikes have been stolen right from their yards in Portsmouth’s Common Fence Point. Who the heck would steal three — not one, but three? more
To the editor:It is a shame on your reporting etiquette as you have that knack of taking the heart of the story and turning it around. This is in reference to the article in July … more
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