Letters to the Editor
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While Bristol's role in the notorious slave trade is well documented, this memorial and sculpture will not be erected to cause shame, anger, and hurt, but instead will be educational, inspirational, and a source of healing. more
The failure of the Washington Street Bridge is a crisis for Rhode Island and all who drive I-195. Our elected representatives must take all necessary steps to protect the public’s interests. more
Employing a water option around the bridge traffic was an excellent idea. However, it was administered recklessly. more
Our progress toward energy independence from the vicissitudes of the global energy markets will not be without its frustrations and delays but making spurious connections with discredited state agencies is not helpful to the process. more
In the January 25, 2024 Shorelines Opinion Section, Mr. Clay Commons offers examples to show how well our economy is functioning and requests countering information. He explicitly states … more
So, according to the current RIDOT deputy chief engineer, the Washington Bridge failures “might” have pre-existed, but no one had noticed this until recently. It was actually an … more
Is walking with a dog in a cemetery a new standard, or is Bristol just a special exception? more
I am publicly calling upon former Lt. Gov. Dan McKee to join 25 other governors and sign a letter of support for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is defending his state against illegal immigration. more
Budget money has constantly been allocated to everything else, from digital security labs to soccer stadiums. Meanwhile critical infrastructure, like the 195 bridge, was shoddily inspected and shoddily repaired. Here is the result. more
While I cannot fathom how any civilized human being can derive pleasure from shooting an arrow into a defenseless animal and chasing it down until it bleeds to death, I'm more upset that our town council members would vote unanimously to allow this cruel and inhumane activity on town-owned land. more
A sidewalk is not just to walk on, it’s a safe place to be when you’re trying to do some outside work or hear a car coming. more
How bad is reality right now? Unemployment down, under 4 percent for two years. Employment up, with hundreds of thousands of jobs added every month. Wages up, if only … more
I would urge everyone to find other ways to appreciate these wonderful members of our environment than as an opportunity to destroy them. more
If the legislature would pass a bill as implied in the letter, with a simple classification of EMBs, along with age restrictions and helmet mandates, this would be pro-active. more
The rendering of a proposed Stage Shell for the Town Beach shown on the front page of the Jan. 4 edition of The Phoenix is a disappointing example of poor public architecture. more
What if the East Bay Bike Path had lighting? It would make it useful around the clock. more
I am responding to David Schoorens’s letter in your Dec. 28, 2023 edition. Mr. Schoorens knowingly or unknowingly leaves out the key facts regarding Gen. Flynn’s … more
During the month of December around 200 members of the community came to view the models and to leave a thoughtful comment about one or more of them. more
The success of our facility and the safety of our residents are testaments to the community's unwavering commitment to fostering an environment of care and respect for our elders and disabled persons. more
Together, we have created a holiday haven in Bristol that has brought smiles to many faces. Thank you, one and all, for your part in this heartwarming journey. more
It makes complete fiscal sense for these officers, and it's long past time for our town council to address this alarming turnover of our dedicated police officers and offer them a competitive salary. more
We should not dismiss ferry service as a long-term public transportation option altogether. more
As citizens we don’t get to vote for the leadership or the statehouse rules; our representatives do that. Therefore, we should also press our representatives to place democracy above party and reform the rules of the legislature. more
My high school theatre class helped me identify that what is occurring in Palestine is genocide. more
If you are concerned about flooding due to wetland destruction, please let your voice be heard. more
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