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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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Letter: Is Barrington council is digging in its heels?

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: My name is Deborah Sheehan and I live at 3 Starbrook Drive. I have been living in Barrington for almost 14 years and I am an active volunteer at the elementary school level. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the town council meeting on Monday, April 7, so my comments here are based solely […]

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David Lamb taught me to fight the good fight

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Years ago, when it was suggested to me that I consider David Lamb and MorganEve Swain for my empty apartment, I was glad to have two musicians in the house. I was unaware then just how lucky I would be to have these two musicians in the house. David was inspiring. When […]

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Letter: Council meeting should have been public

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor, The Portsmouth Town Council met with four representatives of the Department of Environmental Management in executive session on April 1 to discuss the department’s order to construct a sewer system in the Island Park and Portsmouth Park communities. The council decided to meet with the DEM representatives in executive session under the […]

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Chief Marshal is about contributions, not politics

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Dave Barboza

I wish to comment on the posted article of April 2 announcing Dave Barboza as the Chief Marshal for this years 4th of July. The comments that follow the article are opinions, but the negative replies are disturbing. The honor to be selected Chief Marshal has nothing to do with past politics or being a […]

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Tourism is not state’s salvation

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  4 Comments

I much enjoyed Patrick Luce’s April 3 article, “On Bristol waterfront, Raimondo lays out tourism plan,” in which state Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo performed a little publicity stunt by climbing onto a raft in Bristol harbor and bloviating about her plan for the salvation of nearly-bankrupt Rhode island by turning it into a […]

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Letter: Infrastructure bills are fair, equitable

By   /  April 7, 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 […]

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Town can’t live beyond our means

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

I do not believe the recently proposed tax hike is as severe as it appears, but I do have some questions regarding the numbers mentioned in the March 20 Phoenix. First, the tax hike. The phoenix article indicated assessments went down an average of 11 percent and that the proposed tax rate was increasing from $12.80 […]

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‘COOL Bugs’ Clean Bristol Park

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

Members of Cub Scout Pack 2 spent last Saturday cleaning litter from Independence Park.

If you notice that Independence Park looks cleaner this week, thank the Webelo Scouts of Cub Pack 2 for their efforts during a swarming of the Caring Opponents of Litter Bugs—COOL Bugs—last Saturday. The scouts, along with den leader Mark Dieterich and several parents and family members, spent an hour scouring the park for litter, […]

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Letter: Tiverton priority: Lower tax growth, not a planner

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  2 Comments

To the editor,  In response to the letter by Sue Costa Paschke: There are a number of people in Tiverton that are struggling with the current economy, working very hard in order to keep their homes. There are a number of homes that have been vacant for over a year near our home. These homes […]

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