Letters to the Editor
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We believe it is important to take a leading role in raising funds to save part of our iconic Town Hall. 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
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
I wonder, given these budgetary practices, how will the Town’s surplus be rebuilt? more
When we take care of trees, trees take care of people and entire ecosystems. more
Dredging in the Sakonnet should be prevented and the attendant difficulties in bringing ashore the power cables returned to Massachusetts where they belong. more
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI): These ideas are anathema to white Christian nationalists who fear losing their “rightful place” and their power and authority in America. DEI … more
It is astonishing that these engineering experts don't seem to know exactly what is on the ocean floor of our waterways after the past 100 years of dumping our untreated waste there. more
The absence of administrators at student concerts raises questions about their priorities and level of engagement with the student body. more
In these days where a lot of young people catch a bad rap as self-centered, self-absorbed, uncaring, and just not nice, I want to share what happened to me on Sunday, March 3. more
Southern Wind Power stands ready to dredge a channel in nearby Narragansett Bay to lay a cable to bring wind power to Brayton Point power station in Swansea, Mass. The entire Advisory Commission was alarmed at this news. more
To the editor: The Humane Society Legislative Fund, a lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, publishes its annual Humane Scorecard of Congress … more
There is no need for cell phones in schools. Take them out of the equation, and our youth and future will be in better hands. more
We need more deliberate thought and creativity. more
We have seen ordinary Americans say on camera that we need Donald Trump to be a dictator, because “America needs a dictator now.” Presumably, they feel that a dictator will be able … more
It is unfortunate that Mr. Mensinger rejects his community's self-determination in how it chooses to grow, at the behest of Smith Hill functionaries with unfalsifiable plans for providing affordability. more
To the Mt. Hope High School community, athletic department, administration and the regional school district, you missed out on what represents the best of what high school athletics is all about. more
The failure of the Washington Street Bridge is a crisis for Rhode Island and all who drive I-195. Our elected representatives must take all necessary steps to protect the public’s interests. more
Employing a water option around the bridge traffic was an excellent idea. However, it was administered recklessly. more
Our progress toward energy independence from the vicissitudes of the global energy markets will not be without its frustrations and delays but making spurious connections with discredited state agencies is not helpful to the process. more
In the January 25, 2024 Shorelines Opinion Section, Mr. Clay Commons offers examples to show how well our economy is functioning and requests countering information. He explicitly states … more
So, according to the current RIDOT deputy chief engineer, the Washington Bridge failures “might” have pre-existed, but no one had noticed this until recently. It was actually an … more
In every season, hot or cold, Jan Malik was always “cool”. more
Recent experience in Warren has shown that the Planning Board has performed this task in a thorough and professional manner. The ability of the town to “govern itself” has not been compromised. more
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