Vote no on school bond
This responds to Jack Milburn’s recent NDN regarding the $106 Million school bond – the largest expenditure in Newport history – that voters are being asked to approve.
As a Middletown Town Council candidate and Citizens Exploring School Unification member, I find Mr. Milburn’s assertions regarding Middletown’s position on school unification misleading and baseless.
Referencing information provided by supporters of a unified high school, he states, “all their claims are unsupported by facts” – but then fails to reference such facts.
Ironically, he then says, “I do agree it would be a better school if it were regional.” Here I agree with him.
It is a fact that the majority of Newport Council and School Committee candidates and all new Middletown Town Council and School Committee candidates support a study of the many benefits of regionalization, should the bond fail. So why rush the bond vote? After all, shovels don’t have to be in the ground until December 2022, 26 months away. Plenty can change in Middletown (and Newport) in 26 months, particularly given the uncertainty of the pandemic.
It is a fact that if the Newport bond fails, a unified high school will offer more academic and extracurricular offerings, a broader choice of Career and Tech programs and substantial cost savings for both Middletown and Newport. That is what a previous RIPEC study concluded and why a more prudent course is to update that study and then let voters in both communities decide whether they would like to unify.
After the Middletown election on Nov. 3, the door to such a study will be open while the door for Newport’s $100 Million HS would also remain open – even if the Newport bond is defeated. There’s simply no rush.
My intent is not to engage in the school bond issue, but I must voice concern with the poor academic performance of both our high schools – among the lowest performing in the state. As a R.I. taxpayer, spending over $100 million on a school for 700 students that will only perpetuate academic sub-performance is unwise when a better option will soon present itself.
There are other reasons why the Newport School Bond issue makes little sense, especially in the midst of the financial and educational uncertainty of the pandemic, but that is up to the Newport voters to decide. I believe both Newport and Middletown will serve our students much better by working together. Newport voters should understand that Mr. Milburn’s article distorts the willingness of the majority of Middletown candidates to partner with Newport on a better solution. For the long-term benefit of all our students, please vote NO on the Rogers High School bond.
Gregory Huet, Middletown
Save America from socialism
This 2020 election is about saving America from Socialism/Communism. The Democratic Party with the help of Obama, who is a communist, has become a leftist, radical, progressive, socialist/communist party. They believe in open boarders, promote illegal immigration, high taxes, abortion up to and after birth, defunding our police force, high spending, big government, and taking away your freedom. Obama is a communist and a follower of Saul Alinsky, a communist, whose goal is to destroy America and honor the devil. Obama helped to make the Democratic Party a communist party and during his administration almost destroyed America. Obama and Biden and their Democratic administration with some of the people in the FBI and CIA along with the help of the media set out to destroy President Trump from day one and ran this corruptive plan of treason along with Hillary Clinton for over three years wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. This is what Communist do to destroy the other party with lies and hatred in this case the Republican Party. In Socialism/Communism countries like Venezuela most people live in poverty, crime and are totally controlled by the Government, loss of freedom and religious rights. This ideology will destroy America. Socialism/Communism replaces capitalism. President Trump and the Republican Party promotes capitalism, prosperity, safety and peace with strength, a strong military and under God and that is what our country was founded on. President Trump and his administration has produced the greatest economy, brought back industry, increase the working force, built the strongest military, believes in a strong police force, building walls to secure our borders, self-sufficient country producing our own oil and gas, lowered taxes, put God back in our government, believes that life begins at conception and that most abortion is illegal, has reduced the cost of drugs and are protecting pre-existing conditions, has stopped wars by negotiating peace with many countries. These are just a few of President Trump’s accomplishments for the American people and the world. President Trump and his family are working day and night for the American people. They do not take a pay check, their reward is to help the America people live in the most prosperous and safe country and to make it the greatest country on earth under a capitalist government. When you vote for Biden/Harris and the Democrats, you vote for socialism/communism and they do not care about you the American people they just want power and they will destroy America forever. Vote for President Trump/Pence and the Republicans in the federal and state governments and you will save America so that we will live in the greatest country on earth!
Karen DiMattia, Middletown
Leonard is a gem
This letter of support for Kate Leonard is directed to the residents of the 3rd Ward in the city of Newport.
Do you realize what a gem you have in Kate Leonard? Fiscally aware, education-minded, hardworking, intelligent, and most importantly, a great communicator. I do not live in the 3rd Ward, but I wish my representative was as available as Kate. We have never met Kate Leonard. BUT, she has promptly answered all of my emails, voicemails and text messages regarding my concerns. You just do not see this anymore in any of our elected officials. I do not know if she ever sleeps. Kate is truly a force of nature!
I challenge you. Contact her with your concerns or opinions and we guarantee she will answer you. She has always had the best interests of Newport in mind. If she were running for Council at Large, she would win in a landslide, because she supports and appreciates all Newport residents.
But, to continue her advocating for the residents of the 3rd Ward, she needs your vote.
Please VOTE for KATE!!!
Doug Powers, Newport