opinion Newport Rhode Island

I would like to publically declare my support for a fine gentleman that I have known for 12 years, Senator Louis DiPalma.  Besides being on the side of questions with which I heartily concur such as strong public school systems as well as quality of life issues, I wish to remind people that five years ago, Aquidneck  Island was faced with a dire crisis. Top administrators under the former Governor Chaffee’s Office were proposing a ridiculous one-way $4.00 toll on the Seconnet River Bridge. It would have meant that a person living in Tiverton, RI, who wanted to eat a terrific breakfast at Reidy’s Restaurant in Portsmouth, would have been hit with an $8.00 fee on top of the cost of the food.  At meetings at the State House and at the Portsmouth Town Hall, I shared my outrage with these former governmental leaders who told me that all these fees were already decided for us. In typical Rhode Island political fashion, I was also informed by other politicians that these toll fostered upon the citizens of Aquidneck Island were a “done deal.” They proposed that the people could do nothing about this crisis.

Soon afterwards, Louis DiPalma eventually offered a compromise to the state officials that eventually ended these disastrous bridge toll proposals.  Many jumped for joy when the electric toll meter gantries were removed. I think that any Newport County problem that can arise, such as this now defunct unfair bridge toll system, should continue to be monitored and artfully dealt with by such elected officials such as Lou.  He is a fair-minded and forthright leader who can be trusted.

John J. Parrillo, Middletown

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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