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Letter: For sake of river’s health, set nitrogen limits

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: To Christine Duerring, Watershed Planning: The Westport River Watershed Alliance respectfully requests that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, per the mandate set by the EPA under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, approve the TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) for the impaired waters of the Westport River as soon as […]

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Letter: Something stinks in Portsmouth

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: As a lifelong resident of the town of Portsmouth and homeowner in Island Park, I couldn’t be sadder at what has transpired over the sewer issue. Portsmouth, as many cities and towns in New England, has faced the difficult and complicated issue of its aging infrastructure, in this case cesspools. I grew […]

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NRA’s gun crime claims simply untrue

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: At a recent hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on gun safety bills, the NRA sent a representative to oppose the bill which would clarify that local police chiefs had the authority to use their discretion when issuing a concealed carry gun permit. As it stands, the Rhode Island law requires that […]

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Tourism is part of the equation

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  2 Comments

With his letter “Tourism is not the State’s salvation,” Mr. Martel has started an important discussion. While he makes a lot of good points, I think he may have the wrong impression about Gina Raimando’s tourism strategy. Whether one supports Ms. Raimando or not, her announced tourism strategy has much to recommend it. Mr. Martel is […]

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Infrastructure bills are fair, equitable

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Article 20 of the fiscal year 2012 (state) budget will not help the economy nor create jobs. It would also cause the state to lose anywhere from $15 to $30 million in lost state tax revenue due to lost tourism and lost business. House Bill 7432 and Senate Bill 2335, the infrastructure bills, […]

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Letter: PHS Drama Club’s take on The Bard was magical

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

Portsmouth High School students (from left) Nicole Pelletier, Liam Bixby and Josh Raymo rehearse a scene for “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

To the editor: Last night the Portsmouth High School Drama Club finished a three night run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Chris Fielding. For eight weeks over 20 students of Portsmouth High studied, rehearsed and embodied the classic Shakespeare play. For the bargain price of $5 the audience was treated to a contemporary […]

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Westport deserves better than the same old ‘no’

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: To the voters in Westport who vote no — I live in the northernmost tip of Westport, on the most beautiful road I have ever lived on. I’m a newbie here, but I grew up in North Dartmouth.  My kids go to school here, and will through high school because my mom […]

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Letter: Cell tower does not belong on conservation land

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: Neither our school committee nor our town council should approve the construction of a cell tower near Sowams School. Fifty feet west of the fence (the proposed location) is smack in the middle of the Hampden Meadows Greenbelt, a Conservation Zone — not suitable for development but only for passive recreation (the […]

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Gerhardt: Disappointed in Warren council’s decision not to interview me

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: The Warren Times-Gazette recently ran an article noting that, after 10 years of service on the Zoning Board, I had applied to serve on the the Planning Board. At it’s meeting on March 8, the Town Council decided, as is their right, to appoint another applicant. What concerns me is that “at […]

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Stanley: Lack of tax base, JFC voice crippling Warren

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  20 Comments

To the editor: The suggestion that the Town of Warren must “tighten their belts” is empty rhetoric. Against an ominous backdrop the Town of Warren works to craft a responsible budget each year.  The department head, Town Manager and the council work to develop a balanced operating budget that incorporates a combination of conservative economic […]

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