Thu, 07/18/2019 - 8:45pm

A grateful father

To the Editor:

I want to publicly thank all involved with the treatment and medivac of my daughter, Sandra, on July 4, 2019.

The whole procedure was efficient and professional. (By the way, Sandy is fine.)

Mike Tripp

Barrington, R.I. and Payne’s Dock


Getting it right

To the Editor:

The confusing and alarming events that transpired at the Medical Center over the past several weeks, and the exceedingly harmful letter to the editor (June 29) they prompted Dr. John Willis to write, set me to Googling the Hipprocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.” Hmmm. Was that the intent of Dr. Willis’s letter? Or just the opposite? Then there is the further avowal that goes far to explain the nagging silence from the Medical Center and Dr. Clark: “I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know.” Those Greeks had it right.

P.S. Wood

Old Mill Road


A good cause


To the Editor:

The 55th annual a cappella Barbershop Festival will be held on Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m., at St. Andrew Church on Chapel Street. There will be two women’s quartets and three men’s quartets. The best men’s quartet competed internationally in January. Another men’s quartet was the Patriot Division Novice Champion. There is no question that you’ll be entertained by outstanding voices. All singers come from the mainland and do this pro bono. They receive no reimbursement. Interstate Navigation donates tickets to the singers. So costs are negligible. All net proceeds go to the Mary D. Fund. Mary will be at the event.  

So please plan to attend and bring your house guests. I guarantee you will be wonderfully entertained for two hours.

Peter Greenman,

Festival Chairman


Sustainable action

To the Editor:

Rhode Island’s cities are struggling. City finances are tight across the state. Public schools are underfunded. Pension obligations are growing, and city services are being reduced. Some cities are teetering on the edge of fiscal crisis.

Worried by their struggling cities, some Rhode Islanders are calling for cuts to city budgets.

But cuts harm cities by shrinking their economies and pushing them into a spiral of decreasing revenue as government, businesses, and workers receive and spend less.

A better answer to their troubles is growth, and the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America are developing a plan to grow and revitalize Rhode Island’s economy by transforming the Ocean State into a producer of solar, tidal, and onshore wind energy.

Rhode Island spends $3 billion on energy every year, and as an energy producer, we can keep that money in our state. In addition, if we generate more energy than we use, we can sell the excess energy and grow our economy even further.

We’re creating a blueprint to build municipal utilities across Rhode Island, using city infrastructure, avoiding green space, and employing the latest innovations in wind and tidal technology.

A municipal utility would provide a city with a reliable source of income because energy is always in demand, and every city in our state could have that dependability.

We’re at the start of planning, but we’re moving swiftly. To learn more and to find out how you can help, follow us, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, on Facebook.

Nate Carpenter

State Coordinator

Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America