Onward, Upward and Seaward

Summer has flashed, like a bulb on a Pentax, But we write on, unabashed, and we use the best syntax. It has been three months since I last penned some couplets, With news about mergers, urgers, perjures and sublets, Short-term rentals, education fundamentals, A few salacious incidentals and the occasional transcontinentals. As officials broke ground on a new Rogers High, […]

Talk, They Hear You

To the Editor: Summer … long days at the beach, backyard barbecues, kicking back with family and friends, and for teens just out of school, the chance to experience the freedom that comes with more unstructured, unsupervised time. Whether they’re cruising Ocean Drive, sitting around the backyard fire pit, or hanging at Second or Third beach with friends, it’s an […]

Educational Partners Went Above and Beyond

To the Editor: It’s that time of year again…the time when hard-working teachers and students recharge their batteries before another September rolls around. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many community sponsors who truly enriched the education of the students in my fifth-grade classroom at Thompson Middle School this year. First and foremost, I need to thank […]

Fact Check on Drone Laws

To the Editor: In the June 9 Newport This Week article “Newport Police Remind Public of Drone Rules,” the interview with Detective Jack Billings was one-sided and also inaccurate with respect to some of the current law. No state, municipality or city can make its own laws regarding the airspace over any location. Congress has mandated this and empowered only […]

Political Cartoon

Study Up on Regionalization Proposal

To the Editor: I have been part of the Middletown School Building Committee for the past year as town council liaison. Through countless hours of meetings and field trips with engineers, architects, project managers, municipal leaders and some sharp resident volunteers, the need for substantial repair to our schools is obvious. How to accomplish a project of this magnitude while […]

Declare Candidacy by June 29

To the Editor: During the last 30 years of my residency in Portsmouth, my taxes have gone up every year but one. That year, a Republican council majority existed. What is it about Democrats that causes the cost of living to go up every year? I think I know: public employee expenses. If all your employees pay dues to a […]

‘Owner-occupied’ Measure Is Unfair

To the Editor: A basic tenet of any tax policy has three elements: (1) it raises the money the government needs; (2) it is easily administered and avoids opportunities for avoidance; and (3) it is fair to those who must pay it. House Bill 8182 does not meet the third criterion. It does not distinguish between nonresident homeowners who do […]

Political Cartoon

School Audit Could Reassure Public

To the Editor: In November 2021, the Middletown town administrator exposed a $300,000 deficit that the school administration tried to hide in executive session discussions. Between then and now, the deficit grew to about $1.6 million as the school administration couldn’t provide clear answers and blamed the Town Council for not providing enough money. The school administration always had the […]

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