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After the recent little swipe against the town’s political conservatives taken by Town Councilor Tim Sweeney regarding the severance package of retiring Town Clerk Louis Cirillo, it came as no … more
It was disappointing to see that the proposed Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee did not succeed in being sanctioned by our Town Council. Many of our citizens spoke both pro and con about this … more
I want to express my thoughts on the Bristol Town Council meeting held on Jan. 20. On the agenda was a petition to establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Town Council. Many of … more
All my adult life I’ve been obsessed with trash. In 1986, as a young, very pregnant woman in Brooklyn, my husband and I went door to door, distributing informative pamphlets in our … more
Editor’s note: The following is an abridged version of a letter submitted to the Bristol Town Council prior to hearing a proposal to create a Committee on Diversity, Equity and … more
It is very unfortunate that a former dedicated public official, Louis Cirillo, has been thrust into the maelstrom, while questions of the propriety of actions of due diligence on the part of one of … more
In his letter to the editor of this newspaper (“Due diligence and a dedicated public servant,” Jan. 14), Mike Byrnes made some strongly worded, politically motivated allegations against … more
I write in response to the letter to the editor in the Jan. 14 issue of the Bristol Phoenix written by Mssrs. Faria, Marshall and Rego. These gentlemen urge the Phoenix to research the issues … more
I was saddened, though not surprised, to read the letter from my predecessors of the Bristol Democratic Town Committee in which they attempted to paint me as unethical and to sow doubt about me in … more
Choosing who gets the COVID-19 vaccine, and when, is one of the greatest challenges a public servant has ever faced. That’s saying a lot for a group of both elected and appointed leaders who … more
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