Letters to the Editor
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The election and subsequent resignation of Laufton Ascencao should be an instructive example of democracy going off the rails. Mr. Asencao fabricated a narrative of a young Bristol native who … more
To the editor: The National Rifle Association was founded as a sporting and hunting association in 1871. In the 1920s and 30s, the NRA lobbied for gun control legislation in many states, as well … more
Bristol voters need to do better when choosing which candidates for political office they believe will most competently and honorably represent their best interests. Recent experience indicates more … more
We’ve had a lot of noise in our district since exposure of fraudulent acts committed by former state Representative-Elect Laufton Ascencao. The consequences of his deceit spread beyond his own … more
It was with great frustration that I read the article and editorial about the use of the Byfield and Reynolds buildings. I strongly disagree with the claim in a recent Phoenix issue that there was … more
To the editor: The scores are in. Rhode Island’s students did not appear to do as well on the RICAS as students in Massachusetts.  RICAS is Rhode Island’s version of the Massachusetts … more
Our newly elected Bristol Town Council faces a critical choice right after its inauguration. This council needs to decide whether to take a long-term economic development view or a short-term view … more
Having read the recent front-page article about construction at the Byfield School, I felt it necessary to lend my voice to this discussion. I have proudly served as adjunct faculty in the Visual … more
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed development of more than 30 homes on the Old Orchard Farm property off Hope Street. At the Bristol Planning Board meetings in October and … more
To the editor: Clearly, I only have a few days left as an elected official. However, the recent allegations involving Bristol resident Laufton Ascencao are truly disturbing and have compelled me … more
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