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Planner offers much more than writer suggests

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  3 Comments

  To the editor:   Joe Sousa says he will not vote for hiring a town planner because the town has not seen any commercial growth, but it is for this reason, among many others, that Tiverton should hire a town planner.   Mr. Sousa misrepresents and misunderstands the role of a town planner as […]

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Letter: Vote yes on Westport override questions 1 and 2

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: We strongly urge the voters of Westport to support passage of Ballot Questions One and Two on April 8. Why do we support passage of the overrides you may be asking?  Westport has lost over $5 million in monies provided by the state to support our local town since 2009. Since 2009 […]

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Letter: Put differences aside — support override on April 8

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: An alarm has gone off in Westport.  But, will the town hear it?  No siren. No bells.  Just the soft sound of a letter landing on desks in Town Hall. On Friday, March 14, Jack Healey resigned as Westport town administrator, ending his letter thusly: “I will pray every day that Town […]

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Override offers Westport students opportunities they deserve

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: The Westport Community Schools is seeking an override to level the budget and bring back services that have been cut over recent years. A $557,939 override would allow the district to hire three teachers and a guidance/school adjustment counselor at each of Westport’s elementary and middle school campuses. Conversely, the same number […]

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My family will miss David Tupaj

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

tupaj, david...photo obit

To the editor: There are two more people who would like to say good-bye to David Tupaj: Myself and my son Zak. David had a soft spot for Zak. Every time he saw David, he would run up to him and give him a big hug. He introduced Zak to his son Nick. Instant magic, […]

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Letter: Refuting CPC fallacies, point by point

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  4 Comments

To the editor: This letter responds to inaccuracies in the letter from Mr. Claude Ledoux.  We give quotes and responses. Quote: “CPC has spent $7,680,458 on 81 separate projects.” Response: CPC  does not “spend” funds.  It recommends projects to Town Meeting and oversees expenditures.  Town approved CPA funding for some 64 projects to date is […]

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Letter: Thanks for coverage of Portsmouth cheerleaders

By   /  March 24, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: As a reader of The Portsmouth Times and The Sakonnet Times formerly, I would like to heartily congratulate you on the excellent coverage you gave our Portsmouth High School cheerleading team on winning the state championship last week. I am a grandfather to one of these athletes, so I am particularly grateful […]

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Letter: Roadside slobs have been busy this winter

By   /  March 23, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

Litter picked up by the writers at the junction of Main Road and Old Main Road in Little Compton on March 12.  Much of this litter seems to have come from a construction project on Main Road.

To the editor: The Sogkonate Garden Club of Little Compton has a once-a-month litter patrol on local roads. Our towns have more people who litter than people who pick up litter. Usually four to six people help and two miles of road can be picked up in an hour. It is typical to fill a […]

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Letter: On April 8, vote to cut CPC tax to 1 percent

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: Westport voters — support reduction of the CPC (Community Preservation Committee) tax from 2 percent to 1 percent in the April 8 election. CPC has spent $7,680,458 on 81 separate projects. Most CPC funds have been granted to seven entities interacting with a committee whose membership is not representative of town population. […]

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Letter: New school funding formula would help Warren

By   /  March 20, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  4 Comments

To the editor: Once again, against an ominous backdrop, the Town of Warren’s budget cycle quickly gathers lightning speed. The town council, keenly aware of the mounting economic problems and concerns, sits down in its chambers laboring to build a municipal budget that will likely not meet Warren’s needs. Recently, the town has struggled to […]

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