Block Island Times

Whose Spokesman?

To the Editor,
“John Willis” has spoken. In his benediction, published as a letter to the editor in The Block Island Times, John Willis admonished the Town Board and the citizens of New Shoreham for attempting to thwart the moped operators and marina owners from exploiting the island’s resources and further subsidizing their operations at thecost of the public.
In his letter Willis charges that the lawsuits brought by the town are “frivolous” and unnecessary expenses, in futile attempts to get moped operators to adopt safety precautions. He, as a medical professional, knows that our medical center has become an emergency triage facility for the 50 or so reported moped accidents each year. For a medical professional to indict the town for attempting to make the mopeds operate more safely is the height of hypocrisy. On the other hand though, he’s probably right about our 18 years of attempting to prevent a marina operator from stealing mooring space in the Salt Pond, which is owned by the Town of New Shoreham. The recent corrupt decision by the outgoing members of the CRMC has made a mockery of these efforts and indicates that the “the fix is in.” These

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