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To the editor: Rhode Island law grants broad authority and discretion to tax assessors to make real property valuations and set tax assessments. That authority, however, cannot be exercised via a … more
To the editor: “I am confident that the tax assessor will re-evaluate the process based on all the facts…It’s important to consider how this has impacted the community” … more
To the editor: I went by the BP garage here in Barrington to see Armando and express my sorrow about what the town has done to the Wajdas. The place was all closed up, cold and dark. No cars to … more
To the editor: Now, I'm not one to gossip so you didn't hear it from me but there's a dirty little secret lurking in the shadows of the fair town of Barrington that needs to be brought out into … more
To the editor: Am I the only person who hates the blue “Holiday” lights at the Barrington Town Hall?  I cringe every year when I drive by and see that town hall building dark and … more
There are certain recurring things in life that you can always set your clock by, such as long lines at the mall on Black Friday, hot and humid weather in July, and of course a regular bashing of … more
As a former municipal employee, now retired, I want to respond to the Bristol Phoenix editorial, entitled ”The end of contract give-and-take.” The editorial paints such a bleak picture … more
A Rhode Island threesome of municipal unions, lawmakers and flip-flopping governor threw property taxpayers under the bus again recently when they teamed up to strip any vestige of … more
To the editor: It’s disappointing to see that Verizon continues to waste trees on obsolete Yellow Pages. And it’s irritating as heck that they see fit to toss these relics into our … more
Following a somewhat familiar theme, the Barrington town government has again announced it is reducing a service to taxpayers (tax bills, of course, remain the same). The latest announcement came … more
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