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To the editor: The other day I was thinking about my recent visit to the RI Blood Center. It might seem surprising, but my thoughts focused on regret and embarrassment. I am approaching 70 and … more
To the editor: Support for various social causes, as meritorious as it might be, is fraught with the same difficulties as support for political agendas. Namely, it is inevitably divisive. The … more
To the editor: In the April 3 edition of the Barrington Times there was an article about the new property tax assessments . The article included the percent increase for a random sampling of … more
To the editor: How sad Town Councilors have no respect for Barrington Veterans. The Barrington United Veterans Council (BUVC) will no longer support or be affiliated with a local town government … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as accountability,” Gov. Dan McKee said last Friday, as he unveiled Max Wistow and Jonathan Savage as the lawyers who will … more
The failure of the Washington Street Bridge has been extensively reported. It seems there may also be reasons to raise questions about the Mt. Hope Bridge. more
Committees in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Rhode Island Senate have listened to testimony on a bill that would update and improve the state’s public records law. … more
Many readers will remember Ken Block as a two-time candidate for Rhode Island Governor and technology entrepreneur who helped the State of Texas save more than a billion dollars in food stamp fraud … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Add Ken Block to the lengthy list of people who’ve told Donald Trump or his campaign that his fake narrative about a stolen election in 2020 is a lot of baloney. In … more
If a majority of the Barrington Town Council would never, under any circumstances, consider installing an artificial turf playing surface anywhere in Barrington, maybe they should have shared that … more
Dredging in the Sakonnet should be prevented and the attendant difficulties in bringing ashore the power cables returned to Massachusetts where they belong. more
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI): These ideas are anathema to white Christian nationalists who fear losing their “rightful place” and their power and authority in America. DEI … more
To the editor: It’s very upsetting that the only option left for the Barrington United Veterans Council was to resign. There are so many locations, near town center and beyond, that … more
To the editor: In December I had the honor to participate in the Wreaths Across America event at the RI Veterans Cemetery. The only flags displayed in official capacity on the 280-acre property … more
To the editor: Are the members of the Barrington Town Council above the law? Their unwillingness to abide by or enforce the law seems to suggest so.   It's always bothered me when … more
To the editor: It is a disgrace and an incredible sign of disrespect to our veterans who served our country.   I applaud the Veterans Council for the effort they made to come up with … more
To the editor: There is no nobler sacrifice than to risk your life for the safety and freedom of those you do not know. Men and women who enter the military make that conscious decision and … more
It is astonishing that these engineering experts don't seem to know exactly what is on the ocean floor of our waterways after the past 100 years of dumping our untreated waste there. more
Recently ConsumerAffairs, a consumer-focused news outlet, rated Rhode Island’s roads as the worst in the country in their 2024 report. The “All That” state slipped from … more
To the editor: Open Letter to the Barrington Town Council: The situation has become untenable. The Barrington United Veterans Council (BUVC) can no longer support or be affiliated with a … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Gov. Dan McKee made official on Thursday what many suspected: the westbound Washington Bridge is so riddled with structural flaws that it needs to be demolished and replaced , at … more
Government works best in the light. When its actions are open, seen and transparent, they can be measured. They can be scrutinized. They can be questioned. They can be challenged. more
STORY OF THE WEEK: How did Middletown native Michael Flynn go from being a high-level military official to someone seen as a martyr, warrior and evangelist within the Christian nationalist movement? … more
To the editor: In response to and inspired by a local resident’s public comment during our January 9th meeting, the Barrington Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “DEI” Committee … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The next race for governor of Rhode Island is more than two years away, so assessing the full political fallout from the Washington Bridge saga will take time. In the near-term, … more
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