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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 23-29, 2020 LETTERS 13 Driver's GuiDe SCOTT VW COLLISION CENTER 777 Taunton Ave. (Rt 44) East Providence RI 02914 M-F 7:30-4:00 401-434-5053 WE REPAIR ALL MAKES AND MODELS NO JOB TOO SMALL FREE ESTIMATES IN BUSINESS OVER 50 YEARS HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE SUMMER STAY STRONG AMERICA WE'RE ALWAYS HERE SHOULD YOU NEED US State-of-the-Art Color Matching System INSURANCE WORK Welding | Frame Straightening FREE LOANER CARS AVAILABLE BODY SHOP 401-762-5252 AUTO SALES 401-762-1040 620 Pond Street, WOONSOCKET, RI Kevin Patras, owner Cell: 401-439-7744 You Have The Right To Choose Your Body Shop INSURANCE CLAIM PROCESSING EXPERT COLLISION REPAIR License #135 Bernier's Auto Body & Sales 508-883-1211 IF YOU NEED US, WE'RE HERE! Charlie's Tire & Service Center, Inc. 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OVER 75 YEARS EXPERIENCE Certified In: RM Automotive Refinishing • Chief's Unibody & Frame Repair System • Glass Installation •Specializing in Insurance Claims 5 Humbert St., North Providence, RI Tel: 401-231-9725 Fax: 401-231-2910 Email: Maione: God's providence at work I am truly amazed when God uses a tiny little incident to change a potential disaster. My daughter texted me this morning to ask me for a baggie of shredded cheese because she had forgotten to buy some and wanted it for her lunch. Now normally she might stop after work to pick up something she needed but today she stopped before work because it was for lunch. Sounds simple enough: Stop at Mom's, grab the cheese and head to work. But as she drove away she saw our neighbor in front of her own house. Again, simple enough. But it wasn't. Our neighbor has Alzheimer's and is progressively get- ting more forgetful. My daughter drove to work about 2 miles away and then contacted me to tell me our neighbor looked a bit confused and her appearance was rather discombobulated. I called my backyard neighbor to enlist her help and then grabbed the kids and started walking in the direction of the neighbor's house. She was not there. My backyard neighbor went the other way and saw a man walking by and told him our friend was lost. He was headed in a totally different direction than either of us were going so we now had three sets of eyes looking for her. Within a few minutes the man found her on another street and escorted her back to me. I played it down that we were just out walking and eventually escorted her back home. She was headed in the direction of our busy four-lane road. I know that if we had not intervened she could still be wandering around looking for her home. Imagine if my daughter had not wanted cheese for lunch today. God certainly can use small things like wanting cheese to do big things like being sure our friend is safe at home and not wandering aimlessly on the main road. DIANE MAIONE Greenville The beginning of the end of racism in America Americans blast foreign countries for their lack of human rights, civil rights, and animal rights. We beam with pride when we compare our democracy to dictatorships. But are we that different? Formerly enslaved Africans in America have been tricked, swindled and duped more times over the past 400 years than anyone can remem- ber. Yet the parade of politicians, celebrity ministers and political priests encourage repeating the failed patterns of the past, suggesting that peaceful protest, progressive police reform and federal laws are the sus- tainable fix to the problem. A revolution has begun, and we're seeing the beginning of the end of racism in America. Revolutionaries are not asking for the reformation of a bad law enforcement and judicial See RACISM, Page 16 Verity: Council should stay strong for Smithfield voters Dear council members, I am very much against chang- ing our Town Charter from a town manager form of government to a mayoral (or whatever the change has facetiously been called, so vot- ers won't be "overwhelmed by it") form. I feel very strongly that our town manager government has worked very well. I see no need to change it. I believe this is just a power grab by a group of people who are always complaining about See VOTERS, Page 16

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