Letters to the Editor

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 5:00pm

“I gotta guy”

To the Editor,

More recent events in our “fair” state make one feel like the character out of the 1976 film “Network” who shouted: “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” No wonder folks are of little faith when they witness inside deals becoming commonplace.

Hospital board members are going to the head of the vaccine line under the pretext they are front line soldiers in the COVID campaign. Unfortunately, this “I gotta guy” mini-series is topped most recently by the travel of the Great Salt Pond/Champlin’s Marina “mediation session saga” reported by Jim Hummel in the Providence Journal’s Sunday edition. Hummel’s report demonstrates that on occasion it takes more than “a guy” to set the proverbial hook to get the job done. While the Great Salt Pond currently remains pristine the process to expand Champlin’s Marina is highly polluted. Dan Prentiss, a highly respected attorney who represents Block Island environmental groups, well described the recent mediation session as “a lawless attempt to fix legislation.”

Stand by, there is always a back story when the “I gotta guy” forces make their moves. The only pristine ingredient in this mini-series is the Pond itself.

James E. O’Neil, Esq.
North Kingstown, RI


Concern for Block Island’s beauty

To the Editor,

In reading the latest issue received (Dec. 19) I see on the front page a story about affordable housing development. It has been a few years since I have been up there, but I have always loved the wide open spaces and beautiful scenery that is on your beautiful island. I would hate to see the beauty torn apart by a housing development. Please don’t take away all of the lush, green, beautiful spots of the island. I come up to get away from urban development, not to see it desecrate a beautiful island like Block Island. I’m hoping that when I am finally allowed to travel again, I can still come up to Block Island and see beauty, not urban spread.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Jeanne B. Wyatt
Stirling, NJ