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As a former municipal employee, now retired, I want to respond to the Bristol Phoenix editorial, entitled ”The end of contract give-and-take.” The editorial paints such a bleak picture … more
To the editor: It’s disappointing to see that Verizon continues to waste trees on obsolete Yellow Pages. And it’s irritating as heck that they see fit to toss these relics into our … more
Following a somewhat familiar theme, the Barrington town government has again announced it is reducing a service to taxpayers (tax bills, of course, remain the same). The latest announcement … more
To the editor: I was the kid without. Without new clothes, without name brands, without enough socks. We didn't always have heat or electricity. But my friends did. As did the majority of other … more
Dear School Committee members: Last month, as you know, the school committee sued the Department of Education and one of your students in an effort to overturn RIDE’s findings that a … more
I’m a former educator who is now in sales. I’m a big believer in the importance of great education early on. But, before anything else, I’m a Dad. Being a parent is arguably … more
We fully support using smaller trash carts in Bristol, as described by Judy Anderson’s letter in the Bristol Phoenix on Nov. 14. Currently we never fill our 35-gallon trash can, nor have we … more
To the editor: Everyone is making plans for a festive Thanksgiving except Indians, many of whom will be in Plymouth at their 50th national day of mourning. They will walk for miles and talk … more
Are the (18,000?) 95-gallon bins already ordered? Does the town already own the 95-gallon bins? Do these bins have our Bristol town logo imprinted on them? If any of the preceding questions … more
With the din of negativity accompanying the impeachment hearings, I thought it would be a good idea to herald something good that was being done right here in our community. The Alan Shaun Feinstein … more
To the editor: On Saturday, Nov. 2, a large grand group of Barrington Boy Scouts, their troop leaders and some of their parents packed the halls of Tap-In with armloads of non-perishable food … more
To the editor: There was a small, terrifically ironic, news item in last week’s paper. It recounted 2.5 minutes of discussion at the Town Council’s November 4 meeting where Mike … more
The Bristol Warren Regional School District has a new (permanent) superintendent, and most people will not be surprised to see it’s the guy who’s been at the forefront of district … more
To the editor: As a lifelong East Bay resident, I have always enjoyed the beauty of Narragansett Bay. But behind this cozy New England life, the beauty is often marred by the sound of helicopters … more
Joseph Crowley’s recent letter, entitled  “ The real problem with our schools is poverty, ” continues a theme that he pursued in two previous letters. As I noted in a previous … more
The scores were unacceptable. Something needed to be done to fix the schools. Rhode Island? Yes, based on the second year of administering the RICAS. Massachusetts? Yes, based on the first years … more
Note: This letter was submitted to the Bristol Town Council, Bristol Town Administrator and Director of Public Works. I respectfully offer the following information in hopes to persuade you to … more
To the editor: I could not believe the arrogance and ignorance of the Barrington School Committee moving forward, on taxpayers' dollars, to uphold a student's suspension related to him talking … more
Once again, Barrington students have distinguished themselves as some of the best in the nation. This time, it is for STEM. On Friday, the district announced that Barrington High School was ranked … more
The revised plan for Silver Creek Bridge replacement is great news for Bristol. There won’t be a total blockade of the downtown district; vehicles will continue to pass in one direction at all … more
Cheers to the Kickemuit Middle School PTO, students and hundreds of residents from these towns for coming together and providing the financial aid needed to continue Nature’s Classroom , a … more
A community working together to confront issues and solve problems is a beautiful thing. Happily, we can say this is true about the Bristol community, where citizens and public officials work … more
To the editor: Across the state in recent months, there has been an enormous amount of hand-wringing by some school officials over an advisory opinion issued this past April by former state … more
This past June I opined on these pages about the scheduled closing of the Silver Creek Bridge and the lack of commitment and vision by Town and State leadership to devise an alternative to the … more
To the editor: I am writing you with the hope you can answer a question for me in your weekly paper. I am a resident of Bristol, but my business is located in Portsmouth.  Our so-called … more
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