Letters, Feb. 11, 2012

Sat, 02/11/2012 - 2:13pm

To: the Editor—

Carole White passed to another dimension January 28 at the age when most people are anticipating their first social security check. Cancer claimed her at too young an age, but not before Block Island had given her 30-plus years of the joys of living on a small island.

She will miss her long walks on the beach, lunch at the Beachead overlooking the ocean, dietetic fudge from Sheila’s, and Adrian’s Beach with Marybeth and Walter. She will miss the joy of accomplishment from jobs well done, appetizers at Winfields with Glo, fun talks with her friends, off-season lunches at the Mohegan Café, flower arranging with Lisa, Aldo’s veal picatta and visits to Mahogany Shoals. Carole loved Bob Dylan, our little home in Culebra, the Patriots and grilling dinner at Salt Pond Settlement. The list of simple things that enriched her life could go on and on.

Carole worked and lived at the Samuel Peckham Inn since I bought that vacant lot and started building in the early 1980s. Carole was the working partner that attended to the details and was the behind-the-scenes workaholic, as well as my close friend and loving companion.

Thanks for a great show, Carole!

Lew Gaffett

West Side Road


To: the Editor—

Although I understand the policy of the Block Island Times to give letter writers free rein to offer criticism of whomever they choose, I would like to suggest that in the future, those who submit letters refrain from venomous attacks on others in our community. In my opinion, the recent attacks were based on a total misrepresentation of the original topic.

Since the subject of religion was brought up in the letters, may I remind the writers that all religions teach civility and kindness. We are all too often subjected to a lack of these qualities in the political arena. Can we not use civility and courtesy to others in letters to our own small town paper?

Joan Theve

Graces Cove Road


This letter was sent to Mark Vallaincourt and copied to the paper:

I am writing on behalf of Block Island Health Services to thank you for your generous gift of $3,000 of labor on the roofing of the doctor’s house.

You understand how crucial it is for island residents, workers, and visitors to have medical services available at all times. Without good housing, we could not attract and retain the professionals this community needs. Without the support of the business community, we could not maintain this coverage.

We are grateful for your leadership in supporting health services on Block Island.

Kay Lewis

Secretary, BIHS Board of Directors


To: the Editor—

With the State of Rhode Island boasting hundreds of miles of coastline and thousands of acres of public and state parks, the beauty of our environment is a precious resource to everyone in the Ocean State; protecting it should be a top priority. However, our state’s natural beauty is threatened by plastic waste that gets into our waterways, parks, yards, and roadsides, and that clogs our landfills; with the help of plastic, the Johnston landfill is now the highest point in the state.

Far too much of this trash comes from an unnecessary product used for just five minutes before being thrown away: disposable plastic grocery bags that threaten to take hundreds to thousands of years to photo-degrade. Nothing we use for just a few minutes should tarnish our state and pollute our treasured natural places. Luckily, the solution is simple: ban plastic bags. This movement is gaining exciting momentum around the country, and it’s time for the Ocean State to protect its environment and join the effort. Towns like Block Island can lead the way by enacting bag ban ordinances.

Michael Roy

Environment Rhode Island, a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy group