Monday, March 11, 2013
We would love to have a robust Letters to the Editor section on the site; here is how you can help.
It’s a question we get asked a lot: “How do I submit a Letter to the Editor?” There are two ways to submit a Letter to the Editor to Barrington Patch: 1. As a blog post. Submitting a Letter to the Editor as a blog post is easy (really as simple as writing an email) and immediate (as soon as you hit “Approve,” it’ll be live on the site). If you plan on submitting multiple letters over time, submitting them as blog posts will also allow you to establish a voice or presence on the site. However, still feel free to submit as a blog even if you only plan on writing one. 2. By emailing it to Barrington Patch Editor William Rupp at email@example.com. If you chose this route, be sure to include your name and the name of the street you live on…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Pentagon lifted its ban Thursday on women serving in combat roles, including roles on the front lines of battle. What do you think about the change? Tell us below.
Friday, January 25
The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat. A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement. “I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.” The military's lifting of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in the military, according…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools
During its first press conference since the Sandy Hook School shooting last Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for schools to be armed with police officers. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. He said school children are defenseless "and the predators of the world know it and exploit it." LaPierre urged Congress ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation." If you are going to put a police officer in every school, he or she should definitely be armed, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross last week. What do you think about armed police officers in every school? Tell us in the comments!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
All 5 town councilors need to share the rule of Barrington.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Talk around Town: After much chattering among many of us, there seems to be a formidable force looking to change the dynamics of the Town Council. This is a good thing. It has become a stage upon which two members seem to be ruling. I am not sure how this has happened as the other three did, at one time, have good minds of their own. Nevertheless, WE, the citizens of Barrington, must take action to replace those who wish to rule without regard of how WE, the taxpayers feel. As residents of the good old USA, we are fortunate to have a chance to be heard every few years -- and, this is OUR year to do so!! When the members of a Town Council vote to allow residents to raise chickens, and do nothing about housing our seniors -- something is…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What music was controversial when you went to high school? What do you think it is about music that often divides generations?
It was a real life story of Footloose on Saturday night, when the Middletown High School administration stopped a homecoming dance early after students protested a policy that prohibits sexually explicit dancing, often referred to as grinding. Students claimed the DJ would not allow requests, and only played alternative music; a genre that most students said they did not like or know how to dance to. After failed attempts to request their favorite music, such as Nicki Minaj, the majority of the student body sat on the floor and chanted in protest. Some students even reported a near riot broke out. The school administration denied that a riot took place. The administration stopped the dance an hour and a half early and sent the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Tell us who you thought did better in Thursday night's debate: Vice President Joe Biden or Congressman Paul Ryan.
The single vice-presidential debate is over – a swift, lively, and often contentious exchange between Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican. Now it's your turn. How did the candidates do? Was it Joe Biden with his talk of "malarkey"? Or Paul Ryan with his workmanlike demeanor?Eli And what did you think of Martha Raddatz, the moderator? Have you been swayed? Let us know in the comments.
Friday, September 28, 2012
How would a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge impact you, your family or your business day to day? Sound off in the comments below.
Tiverton STOP is soliciting letters from East Bay residents who would be affected by a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. At the group's Thursday night launch meeting at the Tiverton Town Hall, STOP organizers said they aim to send 5,000 to 6,000 personal letters to the governor and local legislators documenting the impact a toll would have on individual citizens, families and small businesses. If you want to help Tiverton STOP achieve its goal, you can pick up a template letter to mail or email to the governor and state legislators at the Town Hall or ask for an electronic copy by emailing TivertonStop@gmail.com. Tiverton STOP is asking any residents who contact the state representatives also send a letter in to the organization via email…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Did Sowams Nursery owner have much choice? Subsidized kayaks? Meanwhile, seniors keep moving away.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This week I have been investigating the "time line" given by Mr. Silveira, the current owner of the land on Sowams Road. It appears from his description of his attempt to develop his land that the Town and the State made it so difficult for him that he had no alternative but to turn to EBCDC, as suggested by his attorney. One wonders who his attorney was? PALMER POINTE "A planned community with open space toward the eastern edge of the property, a common green, paved walking trails and dirt walking paths. A dirt path leading to the edge of the Palmer River will be maintained, allowing for a space to launch kayaks." I guess the new residents can use part of their "subsidies" from the Town and State to buy their kayaks! OUR tax dollars at …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Should Rhode Island join other states that require all motorcyclists wear helmets?
Motorcycle crashes killed 4,502 people in 2010 in the United States. In Rhode Island, news reports of motorcyclist deaths occur regularly throughout the summer and warmer months. Many of the victims weren't wearing helmets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers. Rhode Island law requires anyone under 21 to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Passengers must wear helmets at all times. In the wake of numerous motorcycle-related traffic fatalities in Rhode Island, is it time for the state to re-think its helmet laws? Nineteen other states have universal helmet laws. Advocates …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Barrington Senator David Bates and Warwick Senator William Walaska say it takes more than one action or law to turn Rhode Island's economy around.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
There is not one simple action that can be taken to improve Rhode Island’s economy, some magical financial panacea or a better business climate silver bullet. There is not one all-encompassing law or executive order that could be enacted that would ensure economic growth, or the creation of new jobs. Turning Rhode Island’s economy around, erasing the state’s rating as a bad place to do business, finding innovative methods to attract job creators to the Ocean State is going to take time. Thanks to actions taken by the State Senate in recent years, Rhode Island is already making the concerted effort and taking the steps necessary to restore prosperity to our state. Begun as a Senate initiative several years ago, the “Making it Easy to Do …