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The Colorado court’s ruling disqualifying Donald J. Trump as a candidate for the presidency on the basis of the 14th Amendment, a clause of which eliminates from holding an office anyone who … 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
While this service could potentially be a fun concept to bolster tourism between Providence and the East Bay during the summer, it is far too costly to continue utilizing as an ineffective traffic mitigation tool. more
To the editor: The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame has inducted Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the disgraced general officer and momentary national security advisor to the Trump administration. … more
The proposed hotel on Gooding, which would likely be used as a student dormitory, needs to be denied for its potential to increase flooding and degrade the environment. more
I've never been one to hesitate to criticize the Bristol Town Council when I have felt the criticism was justified, but I will also readily admit when they need to be praised. more
In the future, Bristol is no longer on our shopping or dining lists. more
Construction is underway to build thousands of huge wind turbines from New Jersey to Maine. From an average Joe’s perspective, this process feels extremely rushed, and there are dozens of unanswered questions. more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The emergency closing of the westbound part of the Washington Bridge put Gov. Dan McKee — and how he performs during a crisis — under a microscope. McKee was … more
The usual nags have insisted that opinions like mine are why the port marker is necessary, as though white liberals could otherwise resist memorializing their feelings of moral superiority. more
I was so proud of everyone we encountered on Saturday night. The volunteers represented Bristol in such a positive light and truly made our afternoon a highlight not soon to be forgotten. more
The impact of the Interstate 195 bridge closure cannot be overstated. It suffocates areas of Providence and East Providence, both economically and functionally, for months. more
The 2023 Grand Illumination was a great event and we are thankful for those who gave their time and talents. more
It is up to us, today’s inhabitants of this area, that we account for the past in order to live more freely toward an equitable future. more
I am not against investing in sustainable and well-built schools that will last for many generations...I am against is the lack of adequate planning and maintenance that will eventually result in costly building repairs or eventual building replacement. more
In September, the Sogkonate Garden Club of Little Compton collected over 87 pounds of trash from our beaches in one day and over the past year, Friends of the Saugatucket in Wakefield collected over … more
It’s almost crass to write about the Israeli-Hamas war in the abstract. Whether it is a father searching for his children under rubble that had been his home in Gaza or a parent and child bound … more
To the editor: I feel obliged to answer Mr. Hewett’s letter (“Voters in Rhode Island do not seem able to get it,” Portsmouth Times, Nov. 30) about the integrity, or perhaps … more
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