Tiverton Town Council incumbent David Nelson writes a letter to the editor.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Budget Committee member Christopher Cotta writes a letter to the editor.
To the Editor: We have a new group in Tiverton – Tiverton 1st. Parents, grandparents, single folks, young and old have joined together to fight for a positive future for Tiverton. Tiverton 1st has done their due diligence to recommend a talented slate of candidates for local offices. I strongly support their candidates who are all dedicated to working together to solve issues – what a welcome breath of fresh air! For the last four years we have been subjected to the slick, well-financed campaigns of the TCC telling us that it’s the TCC who will be fiscally responsible and “heal the divide” in Tiverton. Well, actions speak louder than words. Fiscally responsible? Consider the budget proposed for the FTR by TCC President Dave Nelson. You …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Tiverton Citizens for Change-endorsed candidates spoke of stopping tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, growing business and reigning in spending at its candidate forum on Thursday.
About 50 residents and candidates for local offices turned out for Thursday night's candidate forum sponsored by the local grassroots political group Tiverton Citizens for Change. Incumbents championed the approval of the financial town referendum, the pay-as-you-throw program, the ratification of contracts with the local firefighters union, department heads and soon to be with the police union. They also prided themselves on creating a long-term financial plan for Tiverton and for supporting the Sing Out For Hunger project, volunteer appreciation night and town-wide rubbish removal services. "The FTR was a key issue for us because it gave a voice to all taxpayers," said David Nelson, Town Council member and founding member of the TCC. "…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Tiverton Citizens for Change will hold a candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) will host a candidate forum for endorsed candidates for local offices on Thursday, Oct. 11. The TCC-endorsed candidates for Town Council, School Committee and Budget Committee will make short presentations and answer questions from the public. Tiverton’s newest state senator, Chris Ottiano, will also make a short presentations The event is open to the public, according to TCC President David Nelson. Nelson is also a candidate for Tiverton Town Council. TCC's Endorsed Candidates: Town Council School Committe Budget Committee State Assembly District 71 The TCC Candidate Forum will be held on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the VFW on 134 Shove Street in Tiverton. The event is open to the public, and all citizens …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Tiverton resident Gloria Crist writes a letter to the editor.
To the Editor: Indeed it is an ill wind that blows though Tiverton from now through May 15 - and much of the dust storm started Tuesday night at the Tiverton Town Meeting. The informational meeting was by design an opportunity for taxpayers and community members to further understand the two budgets to be voted on in the towns first FTR on May 15. To be clear, there will be no explanation of what you will see come May 15. Just the bottom line - and one petitioner in particular is hoping Tiverton taxpayers are foolish enough to only consider the bottom line and not the hidden consequences - and even greater risks. However, as the meeting began and crowds gathered, it was clear what the meeting was really hoping to provide, at least for one …
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Tiverton Town Charter is wise to limit politically inclined residents to one official "position" each.
The underlying action of local politics can be so subtle as to seem of little consequence. The rules laid out in governing documents - from a town charter to the U.S. Constitution - become obstacles and tools in a collegial competition of smiling neighbors. When application of the rules is uneven, however, the thin, pleasant thread may weave the sort of political advantage that has nearly doubled Tiverton's tax levy in a decade and, on a larger scale, has hobbled the state of Rhode Island. This dramatic introduction purposefully precedes the much humbler admission that the topic under my microscope is the minor controversy over Laura Epke's suspended elevation to a seat on the Tiverton Budget Committee. When the Town Council took up the …