Letters to the Editor
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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
You have only one solution that meets these obligations in consideration of the planned Penny Lane development. You can vote to disapprove the plan. more
I do have empathy for people who find themselves in this situation but it is not the government’s job to impose housing at the detriment of the surrounding area. more
Budget money has constantly been allocated to everything else, from digital security labs to soccer stadiums. Meanwhile critical infrastructure, like the 195 bridge, was shoddily inspected and shoddily repaired. Here is the result. more
How bad is reality right now? Unemployment down, under 4 percent for two years. Employment up, with hundreds of thousands of jobs added every month. Wages up, if only … more
I hope the savings account is not empty. more
What if the East Bay Bike Path had lighting? It would make it useful around the clock. more
I am responding to David Schoorens’s letter in your Dec. 28, 2023 edition. Mr. Schoorens knowingly or unknowingly leaves out the key facts regarding Gen. Flynn’s … more
We should not dismiss ferry service as a long-term public transportation option altogether. more
As citizens we don’t get to vote for the leadership or the statehouse rules; our representatives do that. Therefore, we should also press our representatives to place democracy above party and reform the rules of the legislature. more
My high school theatre class helped me identify that what is occurring in Palestine is genocide. more
I have heard many complaints but I want to speak to the potential positive aspects of this plan. more
To the editor: The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame has inducted Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the disgraced general officer and momentary national security advisor to the Trump administration. … more
Construction is underway to build thousands of huge wind turbines from New Jersey to Maine. From an average Joe’s perspective, this process feels extremely rushed, and there are dozens of unanswered questions. more
It saddens me to see developers basically destroying small towns in America. more
When the developer can’t fit the amount of buildings in the proposed development without variances then the amount of buildings should be reduced, creating more green space. more
Here's the deal, I know who you are, I know who your dogs are, I have video of you doing it. Being the nice guy that I am, I am only asking that you stop. more
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