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To the editor: Our gang of wind turbine protestors claim that wind turbines are killing sea creatures (“A rally cry against offshore wind,” The Portsmouth Times, May 18). Let’s … more
To the editor: Every reasonable person favors preventing the criminal use of guns. But we are not going to make progress on that until the gun control lobby ends its campaign of misinformation … more
The moderator of the recent CNN Trump Town Hall tried valiantly to ask pertinent, newsworthy questions to a declared presidential candidate, now convicted and under other legal duress. He … more
Why does the Little Compton Historical Society need until 2025 to give a report on the abysmal history of the area’s Native population? We have the town records right at the Brownell Library, … more
To the editor: It’s ludicrous that the state legislature can deem a motor not a motor, as in the pending e-bike legislation (covered in these pages last week) that deems e-bikes – … more
There was no letter for April as there wasn’t much going on as we waited and waited for our world to turn green. One little picture stays in my mind however. A pair of sweet Mourning Doves were … more
As a first-term member of the Little Compton Budget Committee, I witnessed first-hand how each and every budget submission and citizen stroke is researched, scrutinized and debated as to its impact … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Now that the May Revenue Estimating Conference is complete, the General Assembly session is expected to race to a mid-June conclusion, with a few contentious issues still hanging … more
As we approach the annual town financial meeting, it is paramount to critically consider the allocation of our resources. The Little Compton Taxpayers Association   and their allies have often … more
Rhode Island needs to pass a law regulating electric bicycles and their use on bike paths. A bill before the General Assembly would do that, but the current version is flawed and potentially … more
To the editor: Clay Commons is perplexed by the Supreme Court’s interpretation or lack thereof for the Second Amendment clause regarding “A well-regulated Militia …” … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is a longstanding critic of efforts to move the U.S. Supreme Court to the right, so he’s remained in the spotlight as SCOTUS faces a wave of … more
While Rhode Island communities experienced extreme drought, torrential rain, and flash floods last year, the oil and gas companies pouring fuel on our climate crisis were raking in record profits. … more
Beauty. The beauty of the earth.   The beauty of the mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes—and, of course, the ocean.   The Ocean State, our little Rhode Island, embraced by the … more
To the editor: Every now and then you may have the urge to help out your community in some way, but you may not know how. Please let me suggest to you an easy way to do that. On Saturday, May … more
I n mid-April, 16-year-old music prodigy Ralph Yarl was running an errand that most older siblings perform, i.e. picking up his younger brothers at a friend’s house. He went to a home on … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Twelve years after Gina Raimondo spearheaded what once seemed an improbable overhaul of the state pension system, pensions remain a hot topic in Rhode Island. As the ProJo’s … more
To the editor: First, the current state: There are 400 million guns in a country of 300 million people. Most people don’t own guns, or own one or two; this means that a few people have a … more
To the editor: As a therapist working very close to the Rhode Island border, I am concerned for the workers and non-smokers who are again being exposed to second-hand smoke inside the casino. I … more
Prayer plays a prominent part in many American lives. Many pray for peace. Some kneel or bow in regular prayer. Others call for "thoughts and prayers" for victims. And some even make … more
In 2023, the next phase of suicide prevention barrier legislation is pending before the Senate (S586) and the House (H6002). A lot has happened since this odyssey began to install barriers on the … more
To the editor: There are currently two pieces of legislation critical to our public safety which are making their way through our Rhode Island legislature. They would: 1) Ban of future sales of … more
In 2022, Rhode Island passed a law to change our renewable energy standard "to achieve the goal that one hundred percent of Rhode Island's electricity demand is from renewable energy by 2033 and each … more
Longplex was opened in Tiverton in 2019. We are the largest indoor sports complex in southern New England, and one of the largest indoor facilities in Rhode Island — even larger than the Rhode … more
I am writing to you today to comment on the article on South Shore Beach in the Thursday, April 12 Sakonnet Times. The Little Compton Beach Commission and management work very hard to keep … more
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