Community Editor Samantha Turner email@example.com
4:10 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2012
What are the up-front costs?
9:23 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I live in Tiverton and use the Sakonnet Bridge once or twice a day each way. For those telling us to grow up and pay our fair share to maintain the bridges, I respond that I don't object to paying for maintenance on the bridges I use. But Mr. Lewis cited the poor condition of the Wampanoag Trail bridge in East Providence. I didn't use that bridge at all last year, but Mr. Lewis wants me to pay repair/upkeep on that one, too. So why can't the folks in East Providence help to maintain the bridges here? Rhode Island has a LOT of bridges. EVERYONE in Rhode Island benefits from SOME of those bridges practically every day. Therefore the pain of paying for them needs to be spread through the entire state. My ONLY objection to the tolls is the implication that, because I use the Sakonnet Bridge, I should see it as my civic duty to pay for repairs to bridges in Providence, East Providence, Westerly, and wherever. Sorry, but I see that as the civic duty of everyone in the state, not just the folks in the East Bay. Would it be fair for the governor to say "Okay, no tolls, but everyone in the East Bay has to pay a higher state income tax to pay for the bridges in Westerly"?
What's the difference???
5:52 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Absolutely agree!!! This 'toll' will actually be TAX on the folks of Newport County to support all of the bridges in the state. If bridge maintenance revenue were really a concern to our governor, he could raise a lot more money with a toll on the I-Way bridge. But that would raise more than money, it would raise a howl from the whole state, while the toll proposal for the Sakonnet and/or Mt Hope bridges would only 'tax' the folks in our county. Politically, that is much more palatable to our governor. Are our bridges in awful condition in many parts of the state? I think that goes without saying, and I wouldn't argue against a more equitable solution that spread the burden over the whole state. Should Newport County be required to fund all the bridge repairs in Rhode Island? Someone seems to think so.
6:36 am on Monday, April 9, 2012
If a person is a shut-in due to illness or infirmity, or if someone is in an area where there are no Catholic Masses, a streaming or televised Mass gives that person the opportunity to pray along with those actually in attendance. But it is still not considered to be 'attending' a Mass. For any Catholic who is physically able to attend Mass on Sundays or designated holy days, there is a solemn requirement to do so. Unfortunately, this is regarded by many as simply the legitimate subject of a poll. As Robert E has said, the Bishop can, and apparently already has, set the guidelines for our diocese.
6:03 am on Sunday, January 22, 2012
Tower Hill Road again: Some drifts were nearly 24" around the house, but our driveway averaged about a foot deep. Very fluffy snow, and the snowblower was throwing it easily. It probably would have been only 9" or less if it had been a bit wetter. But it will be a MESS tomorrow if the forecast rain actually hits us.
Meanwhile, stay warm and watch the Pats!!!
2:57 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2012
Closing in on 9" behind my house on Tower Hill Road. Big flakes coming down hard at 12:55 pm.
8:11 pm on Monday, September 19, 2011
I believe it was the members of the ASTRONOMICAL Society of Southern New England who brought the solar telescopes to the event, not the ASTROLOGICAL Society...
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