2016-11-23 / Opinion

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Honored to Serve in Middletown

To the Editor:

I want to thank the people of Middletown for granting me the honor and privilege to serve you once again. I promise I will work every day to be your voice on the Town Council.

I look forward to continue working with Town Administrator Shawn Brown, his staff, and my colleagues on the council to protect the way of life of the people of Middletown, as I did on repealing the Sakonnet Bridge toll.

As a member on the 2015-2016 council, I dealt with federal and state reductions in aid, union contract negotiations, the issue of controversial building development proposals, and proposed zoning changes, to name a few agenda items. We did this together and the people of Middletown benefited.

A special thanks to my family, friends and supporters for all their help.

I feel so honored to be part of Middletown’s history again, serving as your Town Councilman. I promise I’ll always be there for you.

Antone C. Viveiros
Middletown Councilor

Maher Center Action Unjustified

To the Editor:

I am writing today to present the position of the James L. Maher Center with regard to a recently reported licensing action proposed by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). That action is currently under appeal but I want to set the record straight, as there has been erroneous information circulated in various media that misrepresents the action taken.

Recent media reports wrongly implied that the action was taken against the Maher Center’s agency license, which is the center’s authority to provide services as a Developmental Disability Organization. In fact, the licensing action was taken against one of our 11 group home licenses and we continue to dispute the validity of that one limited action.

We are extremely disappointed with BHDDH’s deeply flawed investigation and unsubstantiated conclusions regarding the Maher Center’s efforts to provide services for a young woman residing in one of our group homes. In what can only be described as an inflammatory report, BHDDH investigators claimed that the Maher Center “abandoned” a participant at Newport Hospital on May 3, 2016. That claim and other allegations cited in the BHDDH report are without merit. We have never abandoned any of our participants and certainly didn’t in this instance.

If a participant is a danger to self or others, as in this circumstance, there are clear state and agency protocols that are followed to ensure a safe transfer of care. At all times the participant was in the care of appropriate personnel while the family was notified and en route to the hospital.

The James L. Maher Center has been a pioneer in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities for over 60 years. Throughout that time, our organization has advocated and continues to advocate for the interests of the individuals that we support. That will not change and we remain determined to remove this unjustified blemish on our otherwise stellar record.

William J. Maraziti,
Executive Director
James L. Maher Center

Privileged to Serve District 12

To the Editor:

Now that the results of the 2016 General Election are final, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of District 12 (Middletown, Little Compton, Tiverton and Newport) for their continued support. Your votes to return me to the Rhode Island Senate, representing all in District 12, are greatly appreciated! I would also like to thank each and every volunteer for all their efforts in support of my reelection. And, a special thank you goes to my family, and especially my wife Margaret, for all their understanding and proactive involvement in the campaign.

It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve our community, and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously. Each and every day, as I travel to the Statehouse, I pray that I will represent each of you with honor and distinction, ensuring that facts, data and evidence form the basis for all discussions, debates and ultimate votes in which I’m involved.

Over the last several months, as I campaigned going door-to-door, I enjoyed talking to thousands of constituents. Your input is invaluable and will certainly shape my legislative involvement and actions over the next two years.

I’ve communicated both verbally and in print that I plan to focus on the following three priorities: (1) growing our economy/jobs, (2) continuing the targeted investments in education, and (3) addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in our state. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues on on both sides of the aisle and in the House to further advance each of these priorities.

I look forward to an open and candid dialogue, based on facts, data and evidence, with each of you, and please, feel free to contact me (401-847-8540) with any and all issues. Know that your voice will be critical in shaping the trajectory I pursue for each of the aforementioned priorities. I plan to continue to give 110 percent to “Getting Results for our Communities.”

Once again, thanks for allowing me to serve and represent District 12 in the Rhode Island Senate, and I hope all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma
District 12, Middletown

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