Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CDTC Chair's letter to the Sun

A version of this letter ran in the Westerly Sun on February 26:

Just some of our winning candidates

To the Editor:

Most of Dave Pepin’s February 16 article, “Republicans trying to revive party in Charlestown,” was quite accurate, as well as interesting reading, but as Chair of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee, I must correct the mistaken impression that our Committee only managed to get two Democrats elected to office in 2012.

The CDTC endorsed ten candidates and five of those candidates won. Topping our ticket was Rep. Donna Walsh who won by the widest margin of her political career. She was also the highest vote-getter in Charlestown. Ironically, she won over Tina Jackson who features in the article as having been recruited by state GOP chair Mark Zaccaria to somehow “reorganize” the town Republicans, without even consulting them.

We also provided the winning margin that elected Cathie Cool Rumsey as the new State Senator representing District 34. She defeated two-term Republican incumbent Frank Maher.

We elected Paula Andersen to the Town Council with the second highest vote total, Brandon Cleary to the Planning Commission and Henry Walsh as Town Moderator.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

One Desperate Cry, A Hundred Responses

By Regina DeAngelo  

Where to get help

WARM Center: 401-596-9276.
The Jonnycake Center in Westerly and Peace Dale: 401-377-8069.
RI-CAN (Rhode Island Center for Assisting Those in Need): 401-364 -9412.
Basic Needs Network, a collaboration of 30 social-service agencies: Click here

Two years ago a friend of mine reached the end of her rope. For her privacy, I'll call her Anna.

One October afternoon. Anna opened a vial of Vicodin and emptied the contents into her mouth, washing about 18 pills down with a bottle of spring water. Along with that she took one Zofran, a drug that prevents nausea, so that things would go smoothly. Then she put a 3cc syringe into the zipper pocket of her jacket and set off on Green Hill Beach road toward the ocean.