Vulgar sign holder Joe Biden should have better things to do: LETTERS
Tiverton manager creates a show
Kudos to keen-eyed Laura Damon for capturing the school bus behind Mr John Sousa, a member of Tiverton’s budget committee, displaying his legal right to protest in the front page of the Friday edition above the fold . With a four-letter word on a poster and our president’s name underneath, so every kid on that school bus can know their First Amendment right before they get to school! She also captured in another historic photo
a Sousa supporter bringing him a coffee. Hope they reach out and get a shiny for family members during the holiday season. Definitely a souvenir!
Sousa, who has just retired, obviously has no children or grandchildren! He says he likes to show his sign to blue-collar workers who come to work to make them smile. Has he forgotten that all the children in this time zone go to school in the morning?
Maybe it’s the “new politics,” the art of not getting along, or the pandemic, or maybe it’s Super Bowl halftime. Not sure! But the last seven or eight years have changed this generation and the next! The next one, I don’t know it yet!
Ron Grandchamp, Newport
We have to wait for more from a chosen one
I am writing this letter in response to NDN’s Friday, April 29 front page article featuring a certain Joseph Sousa and his idea of free speech.
I really don’t care what he thinks of our president, but I object to his use of profanity on a sign that can be seen by children. He says he hides the sign when the kids are around, but if you look at the pictures that big yellow thing in them is a school bus and the sign is very visible.
On his sign he wrote a word that I would never use around children or clergy or any woman or for that matter even my father when he was still here. His total lack of respect for those around him should not have been applauded by your newspaper but should have been totally rejected.
Joe Biden’s reaction:Local elected official uses expletive sign to blame Joe Biden for inflation
His sign reminds me of the signs seen at many intersections saying “Homeless please help me”, and I’d bet Joe just walked past them. Yes, Joe, you have the right to do whatever you want but as a Tiverton town official you would expect a lot more. There are plenty of other respectful words that could be used if you had the knowledge and really wanted to protest, not just get more attention for yourself.
The Newport Daily News should apologize to everyone who has seen this article and condemn itself and Mr. Sousa for his childish actions.
Jack Milburn, Newport
Too bad adults encourage hate
As a mother, daughter, and current Newport School Board member, I hear many adults say that “kids” need to be more respectful. However, nowadays it is ADULTS who have to wash their mouths with soap.
The NDN article on the flag with the swear word – this is a complete and targeted disrespect of our current president! I am 64 years old and I have NEVER SEEN SUCH DISRESPECT and HATE. This behavior was triggered by Trump and his cronies!
Me and my whole family were Republicans. The past five to six years have left me in shock! The Trump Lies, the Trump Hate, the Trump Con – this is the new Republican Party.
There were 61 judges, many of them Republicans, who concluded “there is no evidence of voter fraud.” Wake up, change the channel – see the lies, disrespect and misinformation being told to you. Civil speech GONE! How tragic.
Louisa Boatwright, Newport
The Tiverton sign holder can do better
I read about Mr. Sousa’s displays not with anger as a Democrat, but with dismay as a Republican. I remember when I was a preteen, using profanity was funny. Now it is simply a sign of a poor vocabulary, a vulgar nature and limited maturity.
What is disheartening is that Mr. Sousa feels his protest has value. No. What would be valuable to me as a voter would be for Mr. Sousa to come up with a real empirical analysis of the root of inflation and his plan to bring it down. I like to vote for candidates with new and better ideas for government.
It was once the mainstay of the Republican Party. Republicans used to support free trade, balanced budgets, efficient spending, and innovative ways to solve problems other than throwing money at them. Now they’re backing an aging real estate salesman, who appears to have publicly broken at least eight of the 10 commandments, started several trade wars and repeatedly blown the budget.
Far-sighted conservatives like Benjamin Disraeli, Otto von Bismarck, and even Mitt Romney offered social programs that worked. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker edged out Democratic Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, proving that Republicans, if they try, can find a good government. Not a parody of The Sopranos.
Perhaps Mr. Sousa’s time would be better spent designing a policy that would take more than a small piece of cardboard to communicate. His positions could attract votes rather than horns.
William Gamble, Newport