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To the editor: It may be that the state’s mandate, that each Rhode Island town have 10 percent of its housing affordable, is not enforceable. Providing affordable housing is not a town … more
To the editor: I am a Portsmouth resident and voter, and I have no school-age children. Here’s why I am enthusiastic about supporting the $21.44 million school facilities bond in the special … more
To the editor: Our news media is constantly filed with instances of governmental dysfunction. This is as it should be. However when our government performs commendably, we should highlight it. … more
To the editor: The members of the Portsmouth School Committee are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, and we are unanimous in our support for the school facilities bond on the ballot Nov. 2. … more
This is in response to the Sept. 30 Speak Out call, “Open the Senior Center.” I am a senior who volunteers for the Benjamin Church Senior Center’s lunch program — first in … more
Nestled in our story about the rogue high school Halloween dance is a figure deserving of more attention. According to Mt. Hope High School Principal Deborah DiBiase, the school has confirmed … more
Last week’s you featured a story about how our town's police department is attempting to incentivize officers in order to combat the problem of recruitment and retention of personnel, which is … more
To the editor: Dear Portsmouth voters, A few people have raised questions as to “why now” for including new HVAC systems in the Portsmouth Schools Facilities Bond. All of the … more
To the editor: When I was elected in 2016, I volunteered to be the Town Council liaison to the Portsmouth Senior Center. Since then, I have had the privilege of getting to know people who for … more
To the editor: As chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center (PMPSC), I was asked to serve on the Advisory Committee authorized by the Portsmouth Town Council … more
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