2017-06-15 / Opinion



Experience Counts

To the Editor:

I can’t think of a better person to be our next state senator than Dawn Euer. I have had the great pleasure of working with Dawn as co-project managers for the Newport Open Space Plan. I've seen Dawn in action and can attest to the fact that she is an effective leader who has the ability to engage those whose voices are not always heard, and encourage folks to speak up for their families and neighborhoods. Like me, Dawn knows that when we have everyone at the table as part of the conversation we make better decisions for everyone in our community.

Dawn's experience in the nonprofit sector with groups like Bike Newport, The Newport Open Space Plan, Alliance for a Livable Newport (and so many more!) showcases her collaborative spirit and team oriented advocacy for underrepresented minority and environmental groups. In these uncertain political times, it’s so important that we have a leader who will do just that.

We need Dawn in the state senate to speak out against injustice and inequity and to fight for the issues that affect our health, safety and environment. I am proudly voting for Dawn Euer on July 18 and I hope you will join me.

Tanya Kelley

Decisions are Deliberate

To the Editor: Newport is under siege by the self-interested, anything-goes mentality as expressed by Sheila Ryndak’s letter "Zoning Burdens Homeowners" in the June 1 edition of Newport This Week. Masquerading as a proposal to streamline the zoning review process, her letter is little more than a thinly veiled insult to the members of the zoning commission and all Newporters who desire to perpetuate community standards.

One need only read her last paragraph to understand the nature of this attack on "those whose only distinction is that they were here first." It denigrates the commissioner's thoughtful efforts to weigh the legitimate desires of homeowners in the context of the city's history and geography. I am not a member of the board nor do I know any commissioners.

Yet, I have observed their deliberations and lived with the consequences of their decisions. Their job is a time-consuming process that also requires knowledge of the demographic profile of each neighborhood. Another important consideration clearly exercised by the commission is the need to support the city's building trades. But not at any price or according to the consumerist whims of those for whom government and the commonwealth are mere obstacles to be overcome in pursuit of personal satisfaction.

Robert Dannin

Something for Everyone

To the Editor:

Many who have attended the annual St. Barnabas Festival in the past know they truly have participated in a great community event. It is a community event for several reasons: past high school graduates return from college to share stories, children play carnival games with their friends, local politicians mingle with the crowd, the crowd bends the ear of the politicians, former residents returning north catch up with former neighbors and business people network.

The 42nd annual St. Barnabas Festival will begin on Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. and end Sunday, June 25 at around 6 p.m. This year, we have added a full lineup of events on Saturday afternoon. Along with bingo, there will be a Jeep Show, an art show, Meet the Reptiles and more. The food is always great and the auction on Sunday is a big hit. There is also bingo on Saturday night, along with food, music, dancing and carnival rides.

For more details or to volunteer for a few hours, please go to stbarnabasportsmouth.weconnect.com.

On behalf of Father Peter Andrews, the staff of St. Barnabas and the festival committee, we thank you for your support in the past and look forward to seeing you at the festival in just a few weeks.

Gael and Ray Berberick
2017 festival co-chairs

Well Done, Rogers

To the Editor:

Once again, congratulations to the whole team at the Colonial Dining Room at Rogers High School for the wonderful food and great service. Well done and many thanks!

Judith A. Byrnes

Event Litter is Intolerable

To the Editor:

The following is a letter sent to Eric Harrigan, of the City of Newport and other council members.

I would like to advise you that the wedding that took place recently at King Park at around 2 p.m. chose to leave behind over 200-300 plastic flower petals, littering the park and bound for Narragansett Bay. These people must be held accountable for their actions, as they are vandalizing not only our park, but choosing to risk damages to our bay and oceans. They put at risk people, pets, birds, fish, etc., all with their choice to litter.

My family and I chose to clean up after these people this afternoon for the betterment of our environment and neighborhood, but that should never be required.

In reviewing your application and eight rules and requirements to rent the gazebo online, I find it astonishing that you do not mention litter and a pack in/out garbage policy. This has been an ongoing problem for years, and needs active enforcement from your office so these events do not occur. It is not fair to residents to have our park treated with such disgrace.

I would appeal to you to require anyone renting the gazebo to sign very strict littler regulations, punishable by much more severe fines that the small fee they are paying to rent the facility. These need to be enforced by the town at the conclusion of these events or people will continue to take advantage with complete disregard for their actions, park and our harbor.

Kristopher D. Matthews

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