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Richard V. Simpson died on July 4, 2017 as he prepared to participate in Bristol’s famous Fourth of July Parade. The timing of his death at age 81 was an amazing coincidence, because he wrote … more
To the editor: The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio.  Not since the mini-skirt has there … more
On Nov. 8, Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to expand open land and recreation space in the state, clean up blighted areas, and invest in the health of Narragansett Bay, all while helping support … more
To the editor:The Warren children ages 13-16 were told there would not be a fall ball team for them because there was not a manager for them, and were told to go to Bristol to join their fall ball … 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
To the editor: It’s been a year since the Westport Police found 1,400 animals dead or in desperate condition amidst acres of rat-infested sheds and slaughter shacks, heaps of old tires and … more
The stripes are on the road, flags and bunting are on buildings all over town, and music fills the air every night from Independence Park. Bristol’s biggest party is underway, and with the Fourth … more
In a sea of preposterous proposals to surface lately, the notion of cutting the Coast Guard, in part to help pay for a border wall, is in a league of its own. President Tump has proposed just that … more
To the editor: Before the Town of Westport decides to spend money on a fool’s errand by changing the direction of the East Beach Road again and then paving a parking lot that will soon wash … more
To the editor: In March, the City of Newport awarded a contract to purchase a new fireboat for the city’s fire department. The City Council voted to spend $887,642 on an aluminum vessel … more
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