Editorial: Wishful thinking

Posted 1/21/20

In the spirit of the New Year, when hope springs eternal, may a few of these wishes come true …

• That Tiverton recall its recall rules and raise the bar a bit. Never mind high crimes …

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Editorial: Wishful thinking


In the spirit of the New Year, when hope springs eternal, may a few of these wishes come true …

• That Tiverton recall its recall rules and raise the bar a bit. Never mind high crimes — mere misdemeanor would suffice. One fellow up for recall now was only on board two weeks before petitioners had had enough — of what isn’t quite clear.

• One rule that ought to be recall worthy — The one that allows demolition of ancient stone walls for solar projects with 20-year lifespans.

• That we hear not one more word from the climate change deniers for whom selfishness trumps science. Let my great-grandchildren roast — give me my fossil fuels! 

• That Westport agree that there must be an accounting and inspection for every farm animal. It’s not a voluntary thing — it’s state law. No good comes (except perhaps to a few bad actors seeking to operate off the books) when “farms” are able to exist out of sight.

• That just one time a judge throw the book at an animal abuser. ‘Continuance Without Finding’ and ‘suspended’ don’t cut it. Mahatma Ghandi: "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

• That Supreme Court Judge Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg enjoy good health for a good long time. "

• That we appreciate and patronize good local businesses (like the late Provender, A.S. Deams, etc.) while they last.

• That we pause to celebrate accomplishments of the past year — Fine new park at Grinnell’s Beach, lovely new home for the Watershed Alliance at Head of Westport, Westport Woods park at the Westport/Little Compton line …

• Successful completion of Westport’s new school — and may it help stem the exodus of students to other places.

• That Rhode Island finally appreciates the competitive disadvantage it provides its merchants by charging one of the nation’s highest sales taxes — especially in the East Bay where customers need only flee a mile or two to enjoy the savings offered by “Taxachusetts.” And that it re-think taxation that forces its retirees (those who didn’t work for state or towns anyway) to find friendlier places — like Massachusetts.

• A return of sportsmanship to sports: Chest thumping, mid-game team photos during a rout. Best advice yet — “Act like you’ve been in the end zone before.” Best advice (youth sports spectator category) — “If you think you know the rules better than the ref,  sign up — the league could use such wisdom.”

• That there be progress toward the Sakonnet Peace Alliance’s dream of a world with less strife. We ask this every year but the need has not diminished.

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Scott Pickering

Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.