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I am writing to inform you of a significant decision I have made regarding my role in our town’s governance. more
To the editor: I'm writing to express my concern about the growing political division in our community and its impact on our ability to address important issues.   In recent years, … more
To the editor: We would like to echo Joe Collins’s suggestions about freezing the tax rate for people who are above 65 years of age. We have supported this town through our taxes for over … more
To the editor: In the spring of 2021, I was walking off a baseball field with my son, he had just finished senior league practice.   During that walk he told me he wanted to play volleyball … more
I write to express my appreciation for the action of our Town Council in their response to a request from Love Wins Coastal for a council resolution. Our town values diversity of opinions and … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: After an update of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights recently got close to the finish line, there was 0.0% chance that legislative leaders wouldn’t get it … more
We feel that these pickleball courts are the crown jewel of our community, and we are so proud and appreciative of all that the town has done to help our sport grow. more
One gem of Bristol’s that has slowly become an undisputed, community resource center is Hope Street’s Rogers Free Library. more
I was startled that the page-one display story in the May 30th 2024 Sakonnet Times was not the news that for the first Memorial Day in memory, there was no sand beach at Little Compton’s … more
At the end of my term, I formally announce my retirement from public service. more
What are the other benefits of composting, besides saving us some money? more
STORY OF THE WEEK: During a fiery speech last Tuesday in the House of Representatives’ chamber at the Statehouse, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha warned of the growing healthcare … more
To the editor: The upcoming election is all about “saving democracy,” either from government overreach by Democrats or authoritarian Republicans. I’ve been thinking a lot about … more
Legend has it that while a fire destroyed the city of Rome, then Emperor Nero played his violin, thus revealing his total lack of understanding of what was happening during a crisis. If Nero headed … more
At least some of Warren's remaining ARPA funds could be spent in a way that would permanently bring down the town’s annual expenditures. more
This old Senior Chief proudly salutes you and your efforts. Stand tall, stand proud. more
If you are a Democrat in Bristol who is planning to run for office, thinking about running for office, or wondering what it takes to run for office, we are here to help! more
To the editor: I was a Portsmouth resident for 30 years before moving to nearby Swansea in December. I had the privilege of covering politics for The Newport Daily News for 33 years.   … more
To the editor: Your article “Town awards its first curbside collection contract” on May 16 stated that residents with private services are paying $800 to $900 annually for private … more
Note: This letter was sent to members of the Westport Select Board, and other officials in Westport, by the newly-formed Protect Our Westport Waters (POWW) group: "Openness and transparency" are … more
The 2024 Little Compton Financial Town Meeting is now history. Once everyone had checked in, it was called to order at 7:22 p.m. To include extensive instructions from our Town Moderator, it lasted … more
Regardless of past mistakes, the town is at a critical point where decisions are being made that affect all of us. more
According to School District calculations, Warren’s share of the $200 million school building bond is 37.82% or $75,640,000.00. Based on the current budget and the audit report, how can this be accomplished? more
We are thrilled to report that the response to our request for financial support was outstanding! more
The more things change, the more they stay the same. more
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