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Letters, Dec. 24, 2011; Merry Christmas!
Sat, Dec 24
To: the Editor— I just wanted to send out a huge thank you to the “Secret Santa” who brought gifts to the police station for our kids. We are truly thankful and blessed for the amazing community we live in. Thank you again! Merry Christmas!
Edward and Rachel Harrison
Editorial: A merry, mindful time of year
Fri, Dec 23
Carollers have been singing their rounds, an anonymous giver has left presents for local families, and despite the warm winds, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. This week’s Tuesday night shopping was fun and well attended. Phones are ringing with last-minute calls for gift certificates...
Letters, Dec. 17, 2011
Sun, Dec 18
To: the Editor- I read with much interest Judy Tierney's article in the
last week ("Deepwater substation at Zoning"). Block Island Transmission LLC,applied for variances and waivers in a presentation to the Zoning Board. As an energy developer, the law does not allow Deepwater to...
Editorial: A penny spent here stays here
Sat, Dec 17
As we approach the end of the holiday shopping season, it’s very tempting to drive to a superstore or go to the web. Sure, free shipping may be over, but we’ve all got the odd last-minute gift to buy (or, perhaps, all our gifts — you know who you are, Christmas Eve shoppers) and the variety...
Letters, December 10
Sat, Dec 10
To: the Editor— I am writing in reference to the recent issuance of yet another liquor license on Block Island. What was our Town Council thinking? I feel insulted as a veteran EMT for the rescue squad. During my 15-plus year tenure, I have witnessed an overwhelming percentage of calls that have...
A courageous and necessary vote
Sat, Dec 3
Our state Senator Susan Sosnowski and our state Representative Donna Walsh voted on November 17 to support the pension reform plan introduced by Governor Lincoln Chafee and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo. It couldn’t have been an easy vote to make. Tens of thousands of retirees were adversely...
Letters, Dec. 3, 2011
Fri, Dec 2
To: the Editor— The Mental Health Task Force is thankful to Dr. Mike Brownstein for his donation, which was the subject of your story last week ("Mental health group gets $22K gift"), but we are equally thankful to Dr. Steve Rasmussen for the gift of setting up a program on the island to provide...
Editorial: Thanks for giving
Fri, Nov 25
With all the unnerving political and economic tumult in the news of late, it’s been heartening to see one of Block Island’s finest, Mary Donnelly, serve as a bit of hope — and on a national scale. This fall she has appeared in
The New York Times Magazine
, as well as on CBS and NBC news...
Letters, Thanksgiving issue, Nov. 23 2011
Thu, Nov 24
To: the Editor— Any time that an island organization has a major community function, there is often a list of supporting individuals, businesses or other groups who contributed to the success of the effort. So it was with the Block Island Gardeners’ Christmas Workshop, Thursday, November 17...
Letters to the Editor, Nov. 19, 2011
Fri, Nov 18
To: the Editor— I was recently investigating energy conservation and funding opportunities for a client in Rhode Island and came across a piece of information of which residents of Block Island should be aware. While it is public knowledge that the Town of New Shoreham has been participating in an...
Letters, Nov. 11, 2011
Fri, Nov 11
To: the Editor— I'm just back from Washington, D.C., and the trip was definitely worthwhile. The Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and National Wildlife Federation had got together with a number of other environmental groups and recruited people who had worked with them before on conservation...
Letters to the Editor - November 5, 2011
Fri, Nov 4
To: the Editor— The recent controversy over the bidding for the Transfer Station has raised various concerns that I find disheartening. There has been some talk of who is more qualified and which bid is better, and this is all a healthy part of the process. My concern is that in these economic...
Editorial: How do we get everyone involved?
Sat, Oct 29
At last weekend’s energy forum, a good 40 or 50 people showed up to take part, air their views, and learn about the energy problems the island is facing. Good for them. One concern voiced at the forum was that it wasn’t a very representative group. (It was the same story at the financial town...
Letters to the Editor, Oct. 29, 2011
Fri, Oct 28
To: the Editor— I normally wouldn't be writing to the editor so soon, but this has now approached an emergency basis. By this I mean the paid advertisement in the
this week by Block Island Recycling Management, or Sean McGarry and Michael McGinnes. The essence of this ad is that we,...
Letters to the Editor, Oct. 22, 2011
Fri, Oct 21
To: the Editor— On October 6, a federal agency issued a report on estimates of adult mental illness in the 50 states and DC. (From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, with the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.) Rhode Island ranked number 1 of all...
Editorial: They just don't get tourism at the State House
Sun, Oct 16
It’s over. The last of the tourists have departed for the year. Those of us who live here year round no longer must compete for space on our narrow roads with mopeds and bikes. We can easily find parking downtown (if there’s any reason to go there). The ferries are less frequent and we can again...
Letters, Oct. 15, 2011
Fri, Oct 14
To: the Editor— Here's a challenge to the Block Island community. Last Friday night I drew the first two envelopes to identify who would be chosen to be eligible to buy the two houses being built on the property on Champlin Road that I sold to the Housing Board. There were 12 fully qualified...
Letters, Oct. 8, 2011
Fri, Oct 7
To: the Editor— Yesterday, I gave into irresistible urges and tuned into WFAN, the sports radio station out of New York City. It was the day following a Giants football victory and the callers kept talking about some controversial play that had not cost them the game. Finally, one of the...
Book review: Hunt, Gather, Cook
Wed, Oct 5
“My early memories of foraging are like glimpses of clear sky through a swiftly shifting fog. I remember eating wild food for the first time as a little boy — a strangely disembodied image of myself munching beach peas on a breezy summer’s day, shortly after walking off the ferry from New London,...
Editorial: Read a banned book
Sat, Oct 1
Since 1990, the American Library Association has recorded more than 11,000 challenges to books in schools and public libraries, including 346 in 2010. Less than a quarter of all book challenges — complaints requesting the removal of a book from a library or school — are reported and recorded. These...
Letters, Sept. 30, 2011
Fri, Sep 30
To: the Editor— The
Block Island Times
editorial last week showed that it is the paper that has removed itself from thoughtful discussion of the relevant issues, not the citizens who have the backbone to publically oppose the town on many current issues. The paper consistently fails to...
Editorial: side by side, but divided
Sat, Sep 24
There have always been a surprisingly large number of distinct constituencies on Block Island. We live side by side, in our unavoidably overlapping small town lives, but have different – and sometimes competing – visions and needs. That’s to be expected. So it has always been, and developers and...
Letters to the Editor:
Fri, Sep 23
To: the Editor— We would like to thank the Block Island community for all your love, support and compassion during this difficult time. A special “Thank You!” to the Lewis family for offering Lewis Farm for Matthew’s service. We could not imagine a more beautiful setting. “Thank You!” also to Ed...
Publisher's note: Making a difference
Sat, Sep 17
This is a caring community. And too often we fail to acknowledge all those quiet acts of stewardship that make a difference. Last weekend there were two events — both the result of individual initiative — that were designed to benefit island causes. Henry Peterson organized a big band concert held...
Letters, Sept. 17, 2011
Fri, Sep 16
To: the Editor— The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISSA) is proposing to spend almost $200,000 of our money to fund art work for the new airport building. What's wrong with this picture? Doesn’t RISSA realize we are approaching the second dip in a long recession? But hold on, it gets...
Guest Opinion: Not an Easy Summer
Sat, Sep 10
Last week gave us a demonstration of the best of this community — a standing room only send off to a beloved patriarch and an incredibly moving farewell to a young island son. Both times we literally and figuratively wrapped our arms around each other in a way that holds at bay all else. We wish...
Letters to the Editor, September 10
Fri, Sep 9
To: the Editor— In the early hours of September 1, Block Island suffered am unimaginable loss. On behalf of the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Helterline family. I ask that you all take care of yourselves, be kind to yourselves. Have...
Publisher's note: Leave well enough alone?
Sun, Sep 4
I just returned from my usual post-storm tour of the three West Side coves – Grace’s, Dorrie’s and Cooneymus. As any West Sider will tell you, they are all key parts of “the neighborhood.” I grew up at Dorrie’s Cove. In more than 50 years, it has changed remarkably little. There’s a rough gulley...
Letters to the Editor, Sept. 3, 2011
Fri, Sep 2
To: the Editor— This afternoon, amidst a flurry of phone calls, emails, cancellations, and rebookings due to the impending Hurricane Irene, we had one very disturbing, although not uncommon conversation with one of our guests who cancelled their stay. Our policy, which is similar to the majority of...
Publisher's note: A man of quiet courage
Thu, Sep 1
Rally Migliaccio was a familiar and beloved figure on Block Island. He was a constant presence in island life — civic events, community meetings, the restaurant scene, the post office and the grocery store. Hardly a day went by when I did not bump into him somewhere. And he always greeted me — and...
Letters to the Editor, August 27
Tue, Aug 30
To: the Editor— In regard to the deal on the table with Mr. Lee at the end of Cooneymus Road, my understanding is the public will get full use of a CRMC right-of-way. Mr. Lee will make the public road his private yard. It will be better that way — keep those nasty tourists from enjoying it. If...
Letters, Aug. 20, 2011
Wed, Aug 24
To: the Editor— Upon my return from Block Island today, I read with personal interest Mr. Albert Casazza's letter dated July 23, in which he supported the role of the advanced practice clinician (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) as a positive addition to the Block Island Medical Center...
Letters to the editor, Aug. 13
Sat, Aug 13
To: the Editor— I enjoyed the article "Sunburn blisters on a new tattoo" by Jon Campbell (Aug. 6). I, too, used to summer on the island in the 1970s, and we never seemed to have “issues,” except with the drunk sailors down by New Harbor, maybe a few yahoos downtown, or some freaks on the beach, but...
Letters to the Editor
Wed, Aug 10
To: the Editor— I read with great interest the Dan West article (Neighbors, council face off over Cooneymus beach access; July 30, 2011) concerning the controversy with regard to Cooneymus Road. The article was clear and concise, but the headline was inaccurate. The headline would lead one to...
Letters to the editor, July 30, 2011
Sat, Jul 30
To: the Editor— My wife Penny and I experienced a near tragedy in New Harbor on July 23. A young boy fell out of the inflatable boat that he was operating while the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed. The motor on the inflatable continued to run and the boat started to circle while the...
Editorial: Savor the summer
Fri, Jul 29
As we approach August 1 — the midpoint of the high summer season — the island is unusually lush and green from abundant rainfall. The butterfly bushes and trumpet vines are in full bloom. Island flowerbeds are ablaze with color, and the blackberries are almost ripe. We pass visitors stopped to...
Letters, July 23, 2011
Sun, Jul 24
To: the Editor— I am a Bryant University student and happen to know a few people who attended that controversial beach party on the Fourth of July. I also sail frequently to Block Island and know enough about Block Island to have told my friends that their big get-together might ruin a good thing (...
Editorial: What's our energy plan?
Fri, Jul 22
A hard-working town board has just finished up recommendations for the island’s energy plan — a plan that could easily, like so many before it, end up gathering dust on a Town Hall shelf. But there’s hope: An energy forum is to take place in the fall to ask for more input from residents, and maybe...
Letters, July 16, 2011
Sun, Jul 17
To: the Editor— I take offense with the statement made by the
Block Island Times
(in an editorial, "Let's put safety first," that ran July 9) that the issue of overcrowding in nightclubs was: "a lesson the island took seriously for a few years, although the hard press of people inside...
Editorial: We are listening
Wed, Jul 13
Several times over the last few weeks we have heard from readers concerned about a story we ran. First, we’d like to assure our readers that no one at the Block Island Times would ever intentionally write something offensive. We do our best to present the news objectively, truthfully and completely...
Editorial: A time for action
Sat, Jul 9
Let’s put safety first After the pressure this year’s July Fourth celebrations put on our Volunteer Fire and Rescue squads and Medical Center, it’s heartening to hear that the Town Council is saying it’s time to think again about how we handle this holiday. No one wants to be a harbinger of doom...
Editorial: Celebrate your freedom by putting it to work
Wed, Jul 6
This July 4 Block Island celebrates two milestones: the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of the island, as well as the 235th birthday of the United States of America. Amid the revelry — parades, fireworks and a huge influx of visitors — it would behoove us to reflect on just what it...
Letters, July 9, 2011
Tue, Jul 5
To: the Editor— We would like to thank everyone from the town who kindly, thoroughly and efficiently assisted us in making the necessary updates to the Blue Dory Inn. We are especially grateful to Don Thimble, Mark Tillson, Molly Fitzpatrick and Chief Carlone, for their patience and diligence in...
Letters to the Editor, July 2, 2011
Sat, Jul 2
To: the Editor— Last call! The final cutoff for ordering engraved bricks ($125) to be installed at Esta’s Park is Monday, July 4. Pick up and return forms at the BI Chamber Office at Old Harbor or download forms from the BI Chamber of Commerce or the BI Tourism websites.
Letters, June 25, 2011
Sat, Jun 25
To: the Editor— I think that Everett Littlefield and Robert Zeringo are both very wrong in many of their assertions and allegations about taxation, welfare, immigrants, education, healthcare, and political and academic history. I’d be happy to engage either or both of them in debate on any of these...
Publisher's note: Joining the Metcalf Institute
Fri, Jun 24
I was recently appointed to the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting and had an opportunity to attend my first meeting. I came away with a renewed sense of the importance of environmental issues and a profound sense of how deeply they affect our tiny island...
Letters to the Editor: June 18, 2011
Mon, Jun 20
To: the Editor— I am writing this letter in response to a June 4 letter to the editor from Everett R. Littlefield, USN Ret. Everett hit the nail right on the head. I stand to applaud everything he said and the way he said it. In the America I grew up in, people took pride in making it on their own...
Editorial: 350 years later
Sat, Jun 18
350 years later This weekend we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of European settlers on Block Island. What if the members of those original families could be here to mark the occasion? Would they be pleased with what they find? And what about the people who came before them? The...
Take time to smell the rosa rugosa
Tue, Jun 14
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” wrote George Orwell. One of the ironic outcomes of choosing to live year-round on one of “the last great places,” as The Nature Conservancy dubbed Block Island, is that the wonder of the paradise you call home can quickly become...
Letters to the Editor, June 11
Mon, Jun 13
To: the Editor— Due to the long and very wet spring, we are just getting under way on the renovations of Esta’s Park. Harold Hatfield (Islandscape, Inc) and his crew have started framing the boardwalk and doing the necessary grading. We are waiting for delivery of the ipe wood (garapa gold) for the...
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