Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 9, 2009

Don’t ask questions – just pay your taxes!

Filed under: Budget,Chariho,Hopkinton — Editor @ 11:05 am

I saw a letter from Bob Petit in the Sun today (may have been an old paper), it was unusually short and of a different writing style than normal, but the point was that we should all be happy with Chariho’s budget and give it a “Yes” vote on Tuesday.

What has Chariho really done?

Chariho’s General Fund budget went from $17,720,106 in 08/09 to $17,590,131 for 09/10 – a decrease of .73% (these figures are Hopkinton’s share only).

Good, a decrease, how did they get there?

As Sylvia and others have often written, Chariho has a habit of over budgeting to the tune of millions per year. They start the year with about $8m in surplus and allocate “reserves” for capital improvements (like the money they set aside to move the water tank at Ashaway – has it been done yet?) and other things that may or may not be used (such as health care self insurance which has caused the budget line item to quadruple since inception).

This year, they have taken $807,525 of Hopkinton taxes (surplus from previous years) and applied it to this year’s budget. So basically, they took the money from us last year and added it to their spending this year.

So, what does that make Chariho’s actual spending increase this year? This means that the $17,590,131 reported above is really $18,397,656 – or an increase of 3.82%.

Bob said, “Let’s remember that the superintendent submitted a budget that called for a decrease in member town contributions.”

What he meant to say is “this year” because the money was taken from us last year. Do they think we are stupid?  

Now let’s compare that to what Hopkinton is doing.

Town revenues are down  – building fees, property tax collections, etc… Hopkinton revenues (for the town, not school) dropped 1.26 percent, or a total of $223,884.

The Hopkinton town budget, as of today, has cut expenses by 2 percent, or $115,709.

So, the town has cut (so far) 2 percent from the operating budget and Chariho has increased theirs by 3.8%.

I urge all of you to vote “No” on Tuesday and send a message to Chariho that we expect them to make the same sacrifices we have.

[UPDATE] I should add that even though we (Hopkinton) have cut 2% from operations and Chariho has shifted fund around to keep the net from them at a .74% reduction, the Town of Hopkinton is still facing a shortfall of about $240,000, which would mean an increase in property taxes (which I won’t vote for). It looks like Chariho expects the towns to make all the cuts. 

I would assume the other towns have made similar cuts. If Chariho cut another $1m each town would probably have enough to NOT RAISE TAXES. And let me make a prediction, next year we will find out that Chariho once again over budgeted well in excess of $1m.  (hint – look at the history of our health care costs – go back and see what it was when we just paid the bill due and see what it is now that we self insure)

Think back to the teacher contract issues in East Providence – didn’ t the teachers cry, “why give us all the cuts?” Well in Chariho they ignore the economy and keep business as usual while we cut to the bone. IMHO this is the key downside to a regional district – they don’t represent US.



  1. While I do plan on voting “No” on Tuesday I’m not sure the message will get through to the majority of the CSC. Andy P., Bill Day, Bob Petit and Little Andy all think Chariho is great and should get all the money that they possibly can.

    I was going down Route 112 this morning and passed the Charlestown Elementary School. On their billboard it says something to the affect of “We love our teachers. Vote May 12th”. How pathetic is that?

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 9, 2009 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  2. Hi!
    Was this on school property?

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — May 9, 2009 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  3. I will be voting “No” on Chariho and “Yes” on Hopkinton.

    I understand that the need to make a statement regarding the budget is strong. Believe me, I watch our own personal situation very carefully, and I have my concerns regarding the future of this great country and the community that we live in.

    But, what people need to be aware of is that Hopkinton’s charter is written in a way that will increase our taxes even higher than the projected budget would. If the Hopkinton budget is rejected, the tax burden will be the same as last year’s, which is actually higher than this year’s. (We only vote once on our budget.)

    Here is Bill’s comment from above, “The Hopkinton town budget, as of today, has cut expenses by 2 percent, or $115,709.” This is from the current year’s budget.

    Though I am not happy that our taxes would actually go up, I understand that our current economic strife within the nation and our own state and community has affected the revenues.

    Now as far as Chariho, there are too many unknowns. Do we yet know what the state is going to do? If they cut state aid, what will that mean? And what kind of sacrifices are the CSC going to make if this happens? Though they may say that they are willing to work with the towns, and if they already have reductions in mind, the question is, why wait? If you already know, then make them now. My educated guess is that they will just dip into the surplus once again, or expect the towns to take out long term notes as they did in the early 90’s when a similar situation arose.

    And as far as Bob Petit, he probably has unknowingly misinformed his constituents (I will give him the benefit of the doubt) that the town of Hopkinton has a fund balance of over $3 million, which is liquid cash. WRONG. The way the fund balance is figured is to include cash as well as assets (Buildings, property, roads.) There is very little cash available.

    Anyone can call the town treasurer and have her explain this figure. I called over a year ago when the 2010 bond was first rejected. The then town treasurer, Jim Lathrop, was kind enough to explain it to me.

    Mr. Petit needs to do the same, and he should write another letter to the editor to explain his misunderstanding to his constituency.

    Well, gotta go to work. Ya’ll have a wonderful day and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there.


    Comment by Lois Buck — May 9, 2009 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  4. Ms. Buck I will be voting no as your selve. Mr. Petit I think somewhere has been noted for his own ‘criminal acitivity’ (not a high level) but on a free access which would question his own validity. He is not the cleanest or dirtiest or most unethical person as you have Day and Polouski with alledged threats against ones life against Mrs. Stedman the Charlestown Chair by the Richmond sycophant of the schools and some former students highest appraisal of a Charlestown School Committee member is ” a PIG” and his willingness to pay for langerie at the Town of Charlestown Taxpayers expense for a municipal employee with towns monogram lettering on it.

    Again we have Bobbie. What a mess!

    Comment by Trevor — May 10, 2009 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  5. “Criminal activity”? Where, when, how? Other than that, what the heck are you trying to say? I’m totally lost with your post, there isn’t much coherent in it.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 10, 2009 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  6. Mr. Petit came asking for our votes when the blog Hopkinton RI Speaks existed. The Westerly Sun ran an expose on his past criminal behaviors and to his credit, Mr. Petit took responsibility with a promise that he had grown up (paraphrasing). At the time I respected Mr. Petit for his willingness to stand up and take responsibility for his actions.

    Since that time it has become apparent that Mr. Petit can’t tell the truth from a lie if it bit him on the nose. Most of the promises he made when seeking our votes have been broken. Unfortunately Mr. Petit’s lies perished along with the blog, but suffice it to say he wasn’t promising to maintain the Chariho status quo when asking for our vote. He’s done nothing other than fight for the status quo since his election.

    I’ve learned a lesson. I can forgive someone for youthful indiscretions, but I would never elevate a person from criminality to a position such as School Committee ever again. Perhaps if Mr. Petit, or others like him, prove themselves in lower level appointments surrounded by people of proven character it would eventually be okay, but as we’ve seen, a person with questionable character surrounded by many other people of questionable integrity can lead to some very bad outcomes for our children, our communties, and our children.

    I expect the Chariho budget to overwhelmingly be approved this time. If it only took two tries to fool the Hopkinton majority into approving a bond with implications damaging to our town for 20 years, the budget will be a cakewalk. If the budget passes by one vote you can blame me. No absentee ballot and I’m out of town.

    As for Hopkinton’s budget, I will never vote yes until the day the police department budget is cut at least in half. On the topic, there’s a local website which linked to a few depositions given in the case of Mr. Mauti vs. Hopkinton police chief; Mr. DiLibero; and assorted other town officials. I have little doubt the police engaged in retaliatory behavior against their critics, including Mr. Mauti.

    If I were on the jury of this case I’d award Mr. Mauti and other victims of this abuse of power millions in compensation. I don’t know how much we are paying in legal fees defending these officials, and I don’t know if the town has insurance which will pay for any award given to Mr. Mauti, but I can’t help but think this travesty is going to cost Hopkinton taxpayers a hefty sum of money.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2009 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  7. This council has cut the budget as Bill has stated by approx. 2% from last year’s budget. This is without taxpayer input, (as the taxpayers never showed), but by the 5 councilors and the department heads.

    How can you say you are going to vote “No” for the Hopkinton town budget when you fully know well that by doing so you will ultimately increase your taxes even higher, negating all the work done to reduce this budget?

    Five OPEN and TRANSPARENT (emphasis added by Lois) budgetary workshops were held by the council without any taxpayers ever attending.

    So, I urge all Hopkinton to vote “Yes” on the 09/10 Hopkinton budget or as my wife has stated per the charter we will go to last year’s bottom line per department which will ultimately increase your tax rate even higher.

    Hopkinton Town Council President
    Thomas E. Buck

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 10, 2009 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  8. I show up here Mr. Buck. Sorry if you require attendance at meetings for input to count, but if you think I’m going to publically oppose the Hopkinton police with their history, I’m not doing it. Anybody who does do it is asking for major legal problems and bills. I can only wonder what RIILET has to say about me?

    I do recognize the hard work the Town Council puts in. I also know you have every reason to fear the police. I would do exactly what you are doing and ignore the size of the police department if I were in your public position, but you’ve lived around here for a long time and you know we don’t need 16 police officers in a town with virtually no crime, so respect my anonymity and my unwillingness to accept the absurd level of spending on policing. Deep down you know I’m right.

    The Hopkinton budget will pass. Most people are like Mrs. Gardiner and have no problem with too many police. It is an obstacle to voting yes I’d like to overcome knowing it won’t change, but I can’t do it. I acknowledge that except for the police department you’ve gone to great lengths to rein in spending. It simply isn’t enough for me knowing we waste at least $1,000,000 every year on police protection we don’t need.

    As for taxes increasing if we don’t pass the budget, this is the same strategy used by Chariho. Sometimes pain can be good as it makes you aware of a problem that must be dealt with…since so many voters seem oblivious to the extent of government in their lives, maybe we need a heavy dose of additional taxes to wake us up. Nothing else seems to work.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2009 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  9. I suggest if we want the voters to have input on the budget, then we have the budget as a line item vote. Then we don’t need to schedule our lives and time with our families around multiple council meetings.
    Are we honestly expected to believe if we attend meetings, the budget cuts would have been much greater? I think this is quite a stretch, but it does make good political banter, the old put up or shut up theme. I for one will never feel intimidated by any elected official for not attneding any meeting until the day they choose to pay my taxes.

    Any takers? ……………thought so.

    Comment by RS — May 10, 2009 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  10. Ref #6:


    While I can see your point about Bob Petit not holding up his end of his promsises, you mean to tell that you never did anything that could be called “youthful indiscretions”? The only difference being that Bob Petit got caught and you didn’t? I believe in holding people accountable for their words and deeds, I would suspect that Mr. Petit probably paid his debt back to society for his “youthful indiscretions” and that is in the past. Doesn’t bible say, “”Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”? Think about it for awhile.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 11, 2009 @ 6:54 am | Reply

    • So I guess that means you do speed after all, just never got caught.

      Comment by RS — May 11, 2009 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  11. RS, I never said I didn’t speed, I just don’t push the speed up too far over the limit. Like I told you, 69.9 in the high speed lane.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 11, 2009 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  12. My understanding of Mr. Petit’s criminal actions go far beyond anything I ever contemplated, never mind did.

    Mr. Petit’s history proves to me what I should have already known, character does count. I wish him no ill will, but he belongs on his living room couch, not on a School Committee where he is able to inflict damage to our families.

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Think about it for awhile.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 11, 2009 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  13. Just vote NO!

    Comment by Dorothy — May 11, 2009 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  14. A note to RS concerning his comment #9.

    I don’t pretend to speak for the Hopkinton Council (or anybody else) but I think you misinterpret the calls by the Council to attend their budget meetings.

    Drawing up a budget is not an easy task if you are trying to do it right. There is no formula or instruction manual that tells you what to spend on each of the many competing items that the town is responsible for. And some of the big items are locked in by contracts that most sitting councilors had no hand in.

    I have always intrpreted the urging of Councils to have taxpayers attend their budget workshops as a request for help in learning the facts about what is truly needed.

    Simply cutting the budget does not neccesarily mean a good budget has been created. If a taxpayer has knowledge of areas where reductions can reasonably be made then it makes sense that that knowledge be transmitted to the Council. Attendance at Council workshops is one mechanism; letters, e-mail and phone calls work too.

    Rather than an act of intimidation, I think it’s an act of working to hear all sides of the budget story to get the right balance of expenditures from a finite money source. And I believe that the more input the Council gets from the electorate the better the budget will be.

    I’m not thrilled about every line item in the budget. But I think we should all recall the grading system back in school. If you got 90% of the stuff right you got an A even though you were wrong 10% of the time. I think the budget is not perfect, nor have I ever seen a perfect budget. But if we grade the Council as we ourselves were graded back in the old days, I think the 2009-2010 Hopkinton budget is well deserving of an A.

    And for me, an important part of that grade is the transparency of your work. Even where I disagree with decisions I don’t have the sense that games are being played. Thank you and keep up the good work.

    Comment by Thurman Silks — May 11, 2009 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  15. Best Town Council I remember, and sadly they only get a C+ from me. Of course, that’s the highest grade of any councils in my memory.

    I give my grade based on how much is spent versus how much is wasted. Figuring the municipal budget is around $5,000,000 than the $1,000,000 wasted on over-policing is about 20% of the total municipal budget. I also subtract a few points for keeping on a Town Manager. I might eventually take off points for the Municipal Court, but the jury is still out on that one.

    I do think the Town Hall employees are underpaid but I won’t take off any points since the error is on the side of frugality.

    To reiterate, I would do exactly what the current council is doing in regard to the police. I’d sit on my hands in fear of retribution. Since I have the luxury of anonymity, I get to be braver than them. Getting rid of the Town Manager has little consequences for individual members so there is no reason for spending that money. To be fair, without the police issue in play, the Town Council would get an A- from me.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 11, 2009 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  16. CR,

    Doesn’t Hopkinton’s Town Charter call for a Town Manager? (See Section 4000 of the Hopkinton Town Charter)

    Does the Hopkinton Town Charter say shall appoint or may appoint? (See Section 4010 of the Hopkinton Town Charter)

    Wasn’t the Hopkinton Town Charter voter on and approved by the voter of Hopkinton?

    I have to believe, without any doubt, that the answer to all three of these questions is a resounding “Yes”. That being said, the Town Council’s collective hands are tied on the matter of a Town Manager. For the Town Council not to appoint a Town Manager would be a willful violation of the will of the people as a majority.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 12, 2009 @ 7:24 am | Reply

  17. NEWS NOW: Chariho budget passes
    Voters in all three towns approve plan
    By VICTORIA GOFF / Sun Staff Writer

    WOOD RIVER JCT. — The second time was a winner for the Chariho Regional School Committee.

    Tri-town taxpayers approved the school committee’s $53.1-million budget for 2009-10, beginning July 1, by 317 votes during a district-wide referendum on Tuesday. The vote was 696-379.

    The plan passed in all three towns: Charlestown (310-99), Hopkinton (204-191) and Richmond (182-89).

    Superintendent Barry J. Ricci announced the results of the referendum during the school committee’s meeting on Tuesday.

    This was the second referendum on the budget. Taxpayers rejected the school committee’s first, $53.3-million plan by one vote last month.

    The school committee has trimmed $247,835 from its initial proposal.

    The approved budget is less than 1 percent, or $5,014, greater than the current year’s plan. It includes $1.3 million in capital projects.

    The three towns that comprise the district will split $49 million, with the remainder coming from other sources, including $2.25 million from Chariho’s surplus. Towns, which receive state aid for education, pay school district costs based on their student enrollments.

    Hopkinton’s share would decrease .73 percent, or $129,975, to $17.6 million and Richmond’s would drop 2.14 percent, or $380,894, to $17.4 million. Charlestown’s contribution would rise .38 percent, or $52,236, to $14 million.

    For more information, see today’s editions of The Sun.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 13, 2009 @ 8:40 am | Reply


    Smithfield council cuts school budget by $500,000
    11:34 PM Tue, May 12, 2009

    SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The Town Council cut the School Department appropriation by $500,000 during Tuesday’s budget hearing after three hours of discussion, leaving school officials with a big hole to fill in the coming fiscal year.

    The cut brings the School Department appropriation to $26,892,002 for the coming fiscal year. But School Committee Chairman Richard B. Iannitelli said the cut is going to be more like $767,000 when the department factors in cuts to state and federal aid.

    “That’s the part that is so disheartening,” he said after the meeting. “They obviously can’t do math and used incorrect figures to get their points across. The real difference is closer to $281,000 and they overkilled. It’s going to have far-reaching effects.”

    The School Department maintained that the town didn’t account for the salaries of three teachers who had already been slated for lay off, and other factors, in calculating the potential savings of a pay freeze. Also, since the council refused to allow Iannitelli to address the group before the vote, he can not bring the issue up at the Town Financial Meeting on June 11 with the hopes of potentially getting the money restored to the budget.

    Council members clashed with the School Committee weeks ago after the municipal, police and fire unions expressed a willingness to take a pay freeze if the School Department employees would do so as well. The schools urged town officials to allow them the autonomy to cut their budget where they felt necessary and not mandate a pay freeze that could require the schools to give up something more valuable in negotiations.

    On the premise that the municipal unions will agree to the pay freeze, the cut to the School Department appropriation slashes the tax rate increase from 4.5 percent to 3 percent for Smithfield residents.

    Town Council member Stephen R. Archambault said he was astonished that school administrators didn’t voluntarily give up their raises, as municipal department heads had already done. Given the economy, he said he couldn’t support any raises.

    “We cut funding to ensure that they don’t have the ability to fund the raises,” he said. “If you see those raises funded right now, it shows me the numbers brought to the table by the School Committee may not be realistic in terms of the decisions we have to make.”

    It’s not that simple, though. In order to freeze pay, the School Department would have to get an agreement from the teachers union. Beyond that, Iannitelli said, it will have to make up the cuts through layoffs of other employees and not fill positions, such as that of a nurse who is set to retire at Old County Road Elementary School. The school has already passed the deadline for notifying members of the teachers union that they could be laid off.

    The School Committee won’t decide exactly how to deal with the cuts until 30 days after it receives a final figure for state aid from the General Assembly.

    “The School Committee should be able to see where it needs to spend money and what areas we have made big efforts to reduce expenses and it’s quite disheartening that despite those efforts, they don’t listen,” Iannitelli said. “We’ll have to go back to the drawing board, our budget picture is going to be very unclear… we’ll have to look at contingency plans and see what we’re going to have to do. It’s not going to be pretty for the next few months, I can tell you that.”

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 13, 2009 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  19. Hi!
    You can also engage on talk back on The Westerly Sun web site at , on this referendum.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — May 13, 2009 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  20. Scott,
    Too bad you didn’t stick to the referendum. In fact, you mentioned the management study (your one trick pony issue) and the Ashaway Fire District. Where’s any mention of the actual issue at hand, you know, the disappointing result from yesterdays referendum vote?

    I’m truly disappointed that the voters of the district don’t understand what’s really going on here. How the school committee and the administration are bring Hopkinton and Richmond down the path of finacial ruin. We can no longer tolerate their trivial attitudes towards the voters. I fear that the next budget year is only going to be worse given how much the state budget is in the red. You know darn well that the state is going to try to balance their budget at the expense of the cities and towns in the state. No doubt in my mind thatState Aid for education is going to be even less next year so that means our local property taxes are guaranteed to go up by a significant amount. Chariho just doesn’t get it, we can’t afford any more increases in the budget! To add insult to this injury, they are failing 70% of the students, so that tells me that is never “all about the kids”. They could care less about the kids, they only care about making their wallets fatter.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 13, 2009 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  21. Hi!
    An alert if you haven’t heard. Just was made aware of this. Our United Sates Senator Jack Reed with others will intoduce legislation to eliminate private ransfers of firearms and close the “gun show loophole”,. I realize this is off topic but some of you may be interested. Check out web site which is the Citizens Commitee for The Right To Keep and Bear Arms.” ,. I assume the NRA which I think may be the correct web site for them, I assume has information on these plans.
    I am concerned about gun misuse but want Constitutional freedoms maintained.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — May 13, 2009 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  22. Hi!
    I think I can hold my own with the best of those who have had an interest in Chariho matters. I voted no yesterday, but that’s not the most important point. It is a serious interest first then discussion of the issues. The Rhode Island General Assembly has the power via the Rhode Island State Constitution. Hopkinton resident and Chariho grad Brian Patrick Kennedy has been up there twenty years and part of the leadership. He should be doing something SERIOUS for his constituents, yet he goes unscathed despite the office he holds. He virtually always goes “under the radar” on Chariho.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — May 13, 2009 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  23. Abandon all hope! The State of RI is in the hole another 200 MILLION! HMMMMMM, wonder what OUR increased cost for the new buildings and school budget will be? Will we now pay 100% for the building? Millions more on the budget that was just passed? No real cuts in THIS School district. Guess you all are a LOT richer then me, ’cause I’m just makin’ it!

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — May 13, 2009 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  24. I’m still looking for a buyer for my tax ridden home in Hopkinton, so I can take my taxable income elsewhere. I can’t wait till the light shineth on me.

    Comment by RS — May 13, 2009 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  25. Scott,
    I’m glad you think you can hold your own. I’m just not sure what exactly it is that you think you’re holding though.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 13, 2009 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  26. It’s reasonable to assume the state’s financial position will deteriorate further, as it will for people in our community. Leaving us in a tough position next year, consider that with the surplus plundered and less revenue options are going to be much worse. I had hoped we could have made tough cuts this year to get out in front of next year’s tidal wave. I wouldn’t want to be an incumbent up for re-election next year.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 13, 2009 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  27. Not all people in the communities will have a deteriorating financial situation, last look at the budget of Hopkinton showed a pay raise across the board for every department, and the contracts of all town and chariho workers are intact without any cuts and are protected from the ill effects of the economic slowdown experienced by most of the taxpayers who have an ever increasing burden placed upon them.
    But I degress, it is owed to them.

    Comment by RS — May 13, 2009 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  28. Look at this … A selectman in Bow, NH just got elected to the school committee and intends to keep both offices.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 13, 2009 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  29. You aren’t really suprised by the corruptness of our political and judicial system in RI are you?

    Look at where NH ranks compared to RI……similar to where our educational system ranks in the US.

    Comment by RS — May 13, 2009 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  30. Anyone notice in the Wood River Press that the Charlestown School Secretary and Clerk are retiring … so much for the credit we gave the CSC for cutting back the 0.5 position, turns out to be another easy move.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 15, 2009 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  31. And they said they couldn’t cut anymore than another $250,000. Nothing surprises me anymore about the CSC and the administration. I can’t wait to get out of this God forsaken hell hole we call Rhode Island. Two more years, my child support it over and then I’ll be in a much better position and will have my options available.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 15, 2009 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  32. So after the Hopkinton Councilor who has exposed the excesses of Chariho regarding budget practices and the now disgraced Ms. Carney who bought into this agreement we can be assured of another Chariho surplus. An increase on its last years surplus. Is that about right?. Don’t blame Bob Petit who doesn’t get it, blame your neighbors for sinking their own ship. Along with reduced state aid to cities and towns before this was approved. Throw in the building referendum which people were encouraged to buy into, where does the other 44% come from like people like Scott Merritt apparently doesn’t or didn’t get. Lack of oxygen from to much wrestling choke holds?

    Yes Richmond and hopkinton swallow hard. Maybe there is a realtor that will do a group sale.

    Yo Hopkinton, you get completed your own tri play. Don’t bitch to Richmond and Charlestown for digging your grave.

    Comment by Tom — May 16, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  33. I say we keep our eyes on the town bankruptcy proceedings on the left coast, there might be a way to abrogate the overinflated, unearned, undeserving contracts of our municiple and school employees. Of course with the judges we have serving in RI, ?????

    Comment by RS — May 16, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  34. This is just a random question, but I am curious. How do the votes get tallied? I am not familiar with your voting process. It would be interesting to know who is responsible for determining the final outcome. Can you trust them?

    Comment by "TEXAS" — May 16, 2009 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  35. Same people that run the regular elections in each town. Absolutely no vote rigging issues.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — May 17, 2009 @ 7:31 am | Reply

  36. Maybe its time to shut down all municipal services for two months and finally people will see there is another form of government then the give aways at the Chariho Fool.

    Comment by Tom — May 20, 2009 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  37. What exactly are you holding Chariho Parrot?

    Comment by Tom — May 30, 2009 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  38. Royal Flush…. I hear Rhode Island being flushed down the toilet within the next couple of years.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 30, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  39. Let’s have a cleansing of this site starting 2010 and only log into a fact finding mission and not the crap that rs, chariho parent, curious resident, etc. No hidding, make a point or get out of this joint.

    Lets see if Felkner has a pair and if he does going forward, he’ll make it July 1, 2009. A comment and if making commentary some article or facts back it up.

    They’re are very few on this sight to lend credibility without lending their names. Barbara Capalbo, Lois Buck, Thomas Buck (one time recently). Bill Felkner (on odd occassion, the starter of this site), a gentleman named Gene Daniel (no relation to Jack one would presume) and Ms. Dorothy Gardiner, Scott Bill Hirst and Mr. Silks, their may be others. They lend teir name to the argument and make their feelings or cases known. If your left out you will eventually get over it.

    Comment by Rico — June 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do.
      — Dale Carnegie

      Comment by RS — June 7, 2009 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  40. Laughing here about SBH. When he tries to make a point it’s for two lines and then gets way off track.

    Comment by CharihoParent — June 7, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

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