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You may have heard that on Dec. 21, 2020 Governor Raimondo signed on to the Transportation & Climate Initiative, along with Governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut. For me this was a day to celebrate and congratulate our governor. Why? As an environmental educator at the college level for the last 16 years, and as an oceanographer with expertise in climate science as a climate I feel I can confidently recommend this program to you, my neighbors.

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In the midst of one of the most challenging elections in recent history, there was at least one shining star who came through for the residents of Rhode Island:  Nellie Gorbea! Nellie, our Secretary of State, came to office in 2014 with two missions, improving access to the ballot for all Rhode Islanders and maintaining election integrity. In 2020 a record 520,000 Rhode Island voters turned in a ballot, an increase of 60,000 from four years ago.

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While walking the Narrow River end of Narragansett Beach last Friday, I witnessed the heroic and sustained efforts of our local civil servants working to revive the kayak accident victim.  Thank you to the fire/police responders who valiantly attempted to save the Cumberland woman. They labored tirelessly.  May this knowledge comfort the grieving family.

Diane Fasching

Narragansett

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With the news in the Nov. 14, 2020 edition of the Providence Journal that David DeQuattro, owner and managing principal of Robinson Green Beretta Corp. Architects, is in federal custody facing bribery and extortion charges, the Town of South Kingstown and the South Kingstown School District should make public that portion of the April 4, 2017 school committee meeting, held in executive session, regarding the discussion and subsequent vote to hire RGB for the Facilities Improvement Project.

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Every school district in Rhode Island needs to reassess their strategic capital plan. The pandemic has shown that new thinking is required. Infrastructure needs to be flexible for the 21st century. Space needs to be reconfigurable. The education of the 21st century learner needs to integrate learning in and out of the classroom. Our thinking needs to move beyond the factory-style educational model of the industrial age.

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This has been an election season unlike any other.  Reflections and experience have formed these thoughts for a while now, and I feel it is a good time to share.  Purple has been my favorite color my whole life.  I think it has something to do with the polyester plaid purple bell bottoms I wore nearly every day when I was 5.  Little did I know then, how much purple would mean to me even to this day.

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Washington County, also known as South County, cherishes its special agricultural and rural character. The intersection of routes 2 and 102 is a critical location as the gateway to South County and its planning should be approached in a comprehensive manor. The appropriate planning of this area would be a  significant step in a comprehensive regional approach to preserving and enhancing the rural character and tourism potential  for both towns and the South County  region.