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The Valley Breeze & Observer 09-05-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 LETTERS / NORTH COUNTY 11 Kelley: Scituate residents deserve accountability Scituate has been experiencing the consequences of opaque government for quite some time. In Councilman McCormick's letter "Let's respect the chief's right to privacy" there are some concerns that should be addressed. Residents who ask for accountabil- ity for a Saturday evening emergency Town Council meeting that removed our police chief are not exploiting the situation for political gain. They are simply asking their elected offi- cials for clarification. It is doubtful that any resident wants to infringe on anyone's privacy, but retorts of "no comment" at Town Council meetings leaves many residents at a loss. Asking for all information avail- able per laws including the Access to Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act is not playing a politi- cal game. It is asking for transpar- ency. As residents ask for answers, mem- bers of the Scituate Democratic Town Committee have asked the attorney general to step in and review the situation. This will make sure that ARPA and OMA laws have been fol- lowed and ensures that an unbiased third party can make an impartial determination. It is important to note that our town solicitors work at the pleasure of the council, while Attorney General Neronha works for all Rhode Islanders. Let's wait for the attorney general's findings. Our town deserves to know what our government is doing to the full extent that the law allows, up to and including all applicable informa- tion that led to the Town Council's temporary removal of our chief. Alicia Kelley Chairwoman, Scituate Democratic Town Committee Finnegan responds to McCormick letter on council (In response to Tim McCormick's letter in the Aug. 29 edition, "Let's respect the chief's right to privacy") It is apparent that on the weekend of July 20, the Scituate Town Council faced a challenge. The question remains, what was the occurrence(s) that Chief Donald Delaere informed the town solicitor in his July 19 letter than made the council react irra- tionally to call a meeting with only minutes notice to the public on July 20, and then canceling the meeting because the public attended? Then on July 21, placing Chief Delaere on administrative leave and stating that the circumstance can't be disclosed due to the town's obliga- tion to safeguard the chief's right to privacy. Really! I understand Mr. McCormick's concern about being sued; maybe the council should have contemplated their irrational deed before acting. I respect Chief Delaere's right to privacy but also respect his right to have a hostile-free work environ- ment. Let's remember it was the public who supported Chief Delaere return to duty immediately. It is the members of the Scituate Town Council who are making fools of themselves. Full disclosure in accor- dance with the access to public records act will inform the public who really is playing political games. RICHARD FINNEGAN Scituate LETTERS Place your classified ad online at Georgiaville Church hosts Rally Day Sunday SMITHFIELD – Georgiaville Baptist Church, 100 Farnum Pike, will celebrate Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m., to welcome children back to Sunday School. All families are invited to bring their children for a morning of learning, games, crafts and refresh- ments. For more information, call 401- 232-5925. Hope Library hosts Chocolate Delights SMITHFIELD – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Chocolate Delights on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. Students in grades 1-5 are invited to the library for some chocolate dipping fun. Class space is limited. Registration is required. Call the library at 401-821-7910 to register. Library hosts Lego Time SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Lego Time on Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This program is an open Lego time for families with children ages 4 and older. Siblings and parents are welcome. For more information, call the library at 401-821-7910. 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. 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