Letters to the Editor, October 12, 2013

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 2:00pm

The following letter was sent to the members of the Town Council, as well as Town Manager Nancy Dodge, the Block Island Tourism Council and the Block Island Chamber of Commerce.

To the Editor:

I am writing to inform you that I will not be withdrawing my application to the Public Utilities Commission to operate fast ferry service from Quonset Point. It has always been my intention to work with the town regarding this venture and I am hopeful that through the upcoming Division of Public Utilities and Carriers process the residents, local businesses and the council members will see the many enhanced travel benefits and value that this new competitive high speed ferry service will bring to the island for years to come.

I am fully prepared to prove the “Public Convenience and Necessity” that this new ferry service will provide to the State of Rhode Island.

If any Council Members would like to schedule a site visit to Quonset for a tour of the facility and vessel within the next few weeks, I would be happy to accommodate your busy schedules; or, if there is anything else I can do to provide you with further information about my application for this high‐speed ferry license, please let me know.

Charles A. Donadio, Jr. President

Rhode Island Fast Ferry

To the Editor:

In the recent session of the General Assembly, a bill was introduced to make Rhode Island the first state to ban plastic bags. Plastic bags that wind up in Narragansett Bay and off our coast damage marine ecosystems. Plastic film in the water chokes wildlife like sea turtles, whales, and birds that confuse it for food; and while plastic never biodegrades, it breaks into increasingly small fragments over time, potentially threatening fish and shellfish that ingest these tiny plastic bits –– putting the entire marine food chain at risk.

In the Ocean State, our marine ecosystems are essential to our way of life –– but they are fragile, and plastic is threatening the Bay, the ocean, and their wildlife that we treasure and depend on. If we can cut one of the largest sources of plastic in our waters –– grocery bags –– we can take an important step toward addressing this problem.

I thank Representative Donna Walsh for her support and urge Sen. Susan Sosnowski [who also represents Block Island] to commit now to supporting the plastic bag ban in the coming General Assembly session.

Rhode Island can be a leader on this issue.

Christina Johantgen

Environment Rhode Island