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To the editor: About the recent decision by a 4-3 majority of the Portsmouth Town Council to limit public comment on an agenda item to three minutes the first time and, after all other public … more
To the editor: At the Portsmouth Town Council Meeting on Feb. 11, 2019, council members Katzman, Ryan, Ujifusa, and Abbott voted in the majority to constrain the free speech of residents at … more
George Mendonsa fought in World War II’s Pacific Theater, fished a lifetime on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, remained married to the love of his life for … more
To the editor: Does anyone really think that three minutes is sufficient to discuss complex matters such as sewers, tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the moratorium on water hookups, and now the … more
To the editor: The vote to limit and control discussion of issues at the Feb. 11, 2019 Portsmouth Town Council meeting is disturbing for the people they are representing.  The council … more
To the editor: Although it is not new and it is described on our tax bills, I recently discovered that only one person is currently taking advantage of our Portsmouth “tax deferral” … more
In most casual fashion, Rhode Island is putting big money on a most dangerous bet. The state is wagering that the few millions a year it expects to win from on-line sports betting will offset the … more
To the editor, The Portsmouth Town Council has adopted Councilman Katzman’s proposals to restrict citizen access to its meetings, ending a 13-year tradition of full access. In the process … more
To the editor: On Feb. 11, four Portsmouth town counsilors approved an agenda item by Mr. Katzman to allow residents, taxpayers, voters only three minutes to talk/comment/debate on an agenda item … more
To the editor: I can’t imagine how much money Disney Inc. makes per day. But I do know that Disney World pulls in around $75 million a day. And that makes me think about how we as a country … more
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