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To the editor:   I reference letters that appeared in this paper recently, one from Mr. Fitzmorris and the other from Mr. Grieb, both of whom I believe are familiar to your readers. Each … more
Thanks very much for your column on the status of Atlantic herring in the March 28, 2024, East Providence Post. As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the Atlantic herring … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: For a long time, it seemed as if Scott Avedisian was destined to be mayor in perpetuity of Warwick. He could be counted on to win re-election as a genial GOP moderate, even amid … more
By the time you have read this you will have paid your taxes, right? And filled and hung your Hummer feeder, right? I wish I could say I had drained all the standing puddles, and got the temperature … more
Article sounds like it was written by a man suing the town     Editor's note: The Shorelines article referred to in this letter was published last week and was a summation of … more
To the editor: “The Tragedy of the Commons.” This is the economic and public policy situation when an individual’s actions taken in their best interest and using entirely legal … more
To the editor: I was moved by Jim McGaw’s excellently written article (“He was a light,” Portsmouth Times, April 4) about Owen Cameron, whom I never met.   I am … more
To the editor: I enjoyed George Voutes’s letter regarding trees (“Trees for the people and the planet,” The Portsmouth Times, April 4).   It reminded me of a poem I … more
Democrat voters, kick the habit. You have nothing to lose, and a new life for you, your children, and your neighbors to gain. more
This late-life adventure to witness “Nature showeth Thy handiwork” is now one to reflect on, come together on and pass on to grandchildren of our own. more
We believe it is important to take a leading role in raising funds to save part of our iconic Town Hall. more
To the editor: The other day I was thinking about my recent visit to the RI Blood Center. It might seem surprising, but my thoughts focused on regret and embarrassment. I am approaching 70 and … more
To the editor: Support for various social causes, as meritorious as it might be, is fraught with the same difficulties as support for political agendas. Namely, it is inevitably divisive. The … more
To the editor: In the April 3 edition of the Barrington Times there was an article about the new property tax assessments . The article included the percent increase for a random sampling of … more
To the editor: How sad Town Councilors have no respect for Barrington Veterans. The Barrington United Veterans Council (BUVC) will no longer support or be affiliated with a local town government … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as accountability,” Gov. Dan McKee said last Friday, as he unveiled Max Wistow and Jonathan Savage as the lawyers who will … more
Making stuff, and knowing how to fix stuff, is an art form that for reasons beyond my comprehension, we stopped appreciating as a society for a long time. more
I just returned from Florida and I can attest to how terribly hot it can be if you are not in A/C or under a tree. more
There's only going to be one thing that's going to attract and retain quality employees, and that is money. more
How many of deaths were caused by a violation of our current safe storage law? more
The failure of the Washington Street Bridge has been extensively reported. It seems there may also be reasons to raise questions about the Mt. Hope Bridge. more
Committees in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Rhode Island Senate have listened to testimony on a bill that would update and improve the state’s public records law. … more
Many readers will remember Ken Block as a two-time candidate for Rhode Island Governor and technology entrepreneur who helped the State of Texas save more than a billion dollars in food stamp fraud … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Add Ken Block to the lengthy list of people who’ve told Donald Trump or his campaign that his fake narrative about a stolen election in 2020 is a lot of baloney. In … more
I want to be clear on what a “YES” vote on Question 1 means. A YES vote on Question 1 allows the town to construct the water and sewer trunkline down Route 6. A yes vote does not … more
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