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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 12-18, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 13 OLV school, church were once central to busy neighborhood Publisher Thomas Ward is char- acteristically perceptive in last week's Valley Breeze when he ques- tions Woonsocket City Planner Joel Matthew's caution about an adult day-care center opening on Spring Street. North End residents might well recall that for many decades a full parish site operated along that stretch. Masses were offered daily at an early hour. Funerals with corteges that took up much of the street were quite frequent. Weddings with their associ- ated festivity occurred. Parishioners transacted business daily at the rec- tory. Buses and cars dropped off and picked up students at the parish school. Faculty members arrived and parked their cars. All sorts of parish events – novenas, missions, retreats, maybe even Bingo! – took place and yet no one complained. As a resident of the North End myself I would prefer to see a respon- sible business quietly operating on that site rather than the grim façade and bleak landscape that has marked that corner for the past several years. REV. JOHN A. KILEY Woonsocket City's leadership lacking On Monday evening, July 2, the Woonsocket City Council convened. I'm sure those in attendance were there specifically for the two items relating to the mayor's veto of the budget amendments. It is proven that no municipality can tax itself into prosperity, as she believes. Over the last few weeks, we've all heard the rhetoric on local radio that there were those on the council who had tipped their hand on their impending vote. We've heard the ads on radio, using one council- man's words against himself. We were going to have a "lean, mean budget". That there were new sheriffs in town, and Councilman Fagnant guaranteed they weren't going to take any prisoners. (What does that mean?) He told us that's what he ran on the first time, and he'll run on that again. I know, Mr. Fagnant, I was there in the begin- ning. Tough talk from someone who recently swore he'd follow the status quo. Tough talk from someone who betrayed his conservative values, his constituents, and his campaign helpers, just because the mayor threw him a bone on Globe Park for his vote in return. Something that should have been attributed to Jon Brien. That night's vote should have been dealt with, using com- mon sense, facts, and responsible accounting practices, but as we saw, it wasn't. The amendments pre- sented by Councilman Cournoyer should have been upheld, not because they made better busi- ness sense, but because this entire council had the moral obligation to preserve Woonsocket's integrity, success and future. The mayor wants you to believe she's proactive and pro-business, yet composes an irrational budget that ignored the business sector of the city, with the second highest tax burden in Rhode Island. Her budget also tried to rob the firefighters OPEB account by $548,000. Thankfully, the coun- cil amendments made more fiscal sense. This proves beyond a reasonable doubt that her policies and her methods of governing are unfa- vorable to Woonsocket. Her own words about our business climate seem to coincide with her liberal policy making. Folks wonder why high tech industry won't come to what used to be the crowned jewel of northern R.I. Her trying to pil- lage large amounts of money for her redevelopment agency and her blight program are further indica- tors of her incompetence. Woonsocket doesn't need an eco- nomic development coordinator, See LACKING, Page 14 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Get The Perks of Personal Attention Ask About Our In-Home Color Consultations • Paints • Stains • Wallpaper • Carpet • Laminate & More www.villagepaintinc.com PAINT DECORATING & 900 Victory Highway Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI (401) 76PAINT • (401) 765-3128 Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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