Letter: Goodbye Rhode Island, and good luck

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To the editor:
Why would anyone want to leave Rhode Island? It has the best beaches on the East Coast, great restaurants, and a diverse population that has bestowed its culture and customs on the state. Yet I recently made the decision to move to South Carolina. Here are just a few of the reasons.
The politicians speak openly about defying the President’s attempts to eliminate illegal immigrants.
A few years ago the ACLU supported a student’s desire to have a 50-year-old school prayer removed from the wall of Cranston High School West, despite the fact that the prayer didn’t even contain the word “God” or “Jesus?
The state is full of costly redundant bureaucracies. There are the DOT and Turnpike and Bridge Authority (Rhode Island doesn’t even have a turnpike). The Providence Police, State Police and the Capitol police all protecting people at the state capitol. There are 36 public school districts to support a population that would make Rhode Island the 40th most populous county in the US.
The Town of Warren will allow a smoke shop, which sells drug paraphernalia, but not allow a pet shop or a gun shop.
The town reassesses property values as often as the law allows in an effort to squeeze more tax revenue from its homeowners, instead of addressing runaway pension costs for municipal employees.
In an attempt to offer ideas for improvement I wrote to the last three governors, as well as state and local politicians. State Senator Felag was the only one to respond but nothing of significance has changed.
The population of Warren has dropped nearly 8 percent since 2000, so I am not the only person who has left. To those of you I leave behind, enjoy all the good things that Warren and the state of Rhode Island have to offer and pray for change before the average person can no longer afford (or want) to live there.
Fran Rosato
9 Bay Road


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agalag6898

Fran, it's a shame that you feel that way. You will miss Warren, believe me. I also moved away for a few years, but found that EVERY state has issues, and that I would prefer to deal with the few small problems that Warren does have. Good luck to you, Fran, but I believe you'll be back...

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Matthew Azevedo

All of those things are reasons I like living here. Respect for all people, separation of church and state, respect for individual freedoms, respect for animal welfare, respect for firearms, and an understanding that pensions are a part of a workers compensation they agreed to while working, and revoking them after the fact is theft. It is a great place to be.

And lets be honest. We won't consolidate school districts because it will mean people in Little Compton and Barrington's tax money would be used to educate poor black kids in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

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Jerry Fletcher

Fran, apparently you are not alone. Net 80,000 have left Rhode Island since 2004.

http://www.golocalprov.com/live/ris-declining-population-has-budgetary-implications-says-stenhouse.

Tuesday, June 13 | Report this

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