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To the editor: How sad it is that a good argument can be made that the “D” in America’s DNA stands for Disrespect. Slavery and its aftermath and the massacre and … more
Given the many questions still unanswered and the possible alternatives still unexplored, it is hard to see another option for the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals than to reject as presented a plan … more
To the editor: I passed by a sign in Barrington that read” Unmask Our Children”. How dramatic. Would the kids think that masks were some form of torture? Would they be … more
To the editor: The editorial that ran in the Barrington Times on Aug. 4, titled “Set the students free”, was inflammatory, erroneous and irresponsible. Describing the CDC and state … more
To the editor: For other views about threats to US democracy via elections, readers may want to look at the facts available on reputable websites that have the resources and expertise to gather … more
To the editor: I am a physician who has been caring for patients in an urgent care that serves a very impoverished community highly affected by COVID. I am completely shocked and infuriated by … more
To the editor: During the last Special Town Council Meeting held one week before the COVID-19 meeting restrictions were lifted, the Town Council voted to maintain its divisive flag ordinance. … more
Fortunately, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is strongly recommending that children wear masks when they return to school. This should be a no-brainer. With so many unvaccinated children, including … more
Let this next month be a time of great creativity, innovation and courage in education. It will take all three to send the children back to school without masks. Given all the messages coming from … more
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to Westport Zoning Board chairman Roger Menard on Friday, July 30. It was written by Ivan Pagacik, whose IDK Communications was tasked with reviewing the … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.