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Editorial: A place to rest

Editorial: A place to rest

Weddings and Roger Williams University bring thousands of visitors to Bristol 12 months per year, but very few of those visitors stay here. There aren’t enough beds. When they drive off, those visitors take their wallets, purses and appetites with them. It’s been this way for at least a decade, as Roger Williams has become

Editorial: One family to another

It’s disconcerting news when the town’s grocery store gets sold. Change in such cases is not always good. But for shoppers and employees of Lees Market in Westport, there’s reason to suspect that life will go on — that the world as we know it hasn’t been knocked for a loop. Albert Lees III announced

Editorial: Bingo before basketball

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them from coming to me.” That no-conditions spirit apparently did not weigh heavily in a recent decision by Westport’s Our Lady of Grace Church to evict young basketball teams from the church’s parish hall court. The parish priest said he banned the

Editorial: Sandywoods — Say it ain’t so!

It was startling and sad to learn that Sandywoods in Tiverton has decided to cut deeply into its offerings of concerts, classes and fun, healthy things to do. The problem is an all too common one in this stay-at-home age of internet, Facebook and big screen TV. People simply aren’t attending Sandywoods’ many fine events.

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Editorial: The public landlord

Before it launches into any venture outside the scope of traditional municipal services (like fire protection, public safety or trash hauling), the Town of Bristol should seriously consider whether the project belongs in private hands. Such might be the case at Byfield, Reynolds and any other empty school buildings, as town leaders consider what to

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Editorial: In East Providence, politics is a full contact sport for sure

Someone famously and quite rightly once said, “Politics, like football, is a full contact sport.” It is, even to those perceived to be on the periphery of the profession, a person, for instance, like now former East Providence City Manager Peter Graczykowski. Mr. Graczykowski was unceremoniously removed from his position by the City Council on

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Editorial: Recycling isn’t that hard. Really.

If it’s plastic, paper or even cardboard, don’t put it in the trash can. Despite the ease, Bristol ranks as the ninth worst in the state in recycling. The town may not hold the best recycling rates, but it’s not for lack of trying. Town officials have established a committee, Bristol Recycles, to address the


Editorial: Stop the violence, now

October is a month set aside to raise awareness for many noteworthy causes. While we’d like to elaborate of all of them, we believe there is one in particular that warrants an in-depth mention: Domestic violence. Next Wednesday, churches in Bristol and Newport counties will unite together in an event called Ring the Bells to

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Editorial: East Providence City Council makes mostly correct choices in constructing budget

The East Providence City Council all but buttoned up the process of putting together the Fiscal Year Budget for 2013-14 over the last week, doing so with a mostly satisfactory result for the taxpayers and residents of our fine municipality. The Council deserves great credit for remaining very much true to the five-year plan the

Editorial: Tunnel travel

Given their claims that the road and bridge repair fund has run dry thus tolls are needed, a recent spelunking adventure by the Rhode Island governor and his Department of Transportation was oddly timed. Gov. Chafee and DOT officials toured the long-abandoned Providence railroad tunnel to check its condition and imagine future uses. They liked