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Governor a champion for small businesses

As owner of Granizadas & Antojitos Chapines here in Providence, I have experienced firsthand the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a difficult year, I am finally getting back on my feet, thanks in part to the support Governor McKee has provided to Rhode Island’s small business community.

The governor has been a champion for local businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has opposed harmful policies, like new taxes, that will only add to our burdens while putting programs in place that helped keep our doors open. It gives us comfort that our leaders understand the challenges we are facing. But we are still worried about the future.

That is why I want to thank the governor and our state legislators for not raising taxes just as we begin to recover. These taxes, like the misguided beverage tax, disproportionately impact families like mine, local businesses, and employees. We are already struggling to survive during these difficult times. If enacted, a beverage tax would have forced many of our state’s favorite small businesses to shut down for good.

Since taking office, Governor McKee has been a strong leader in response to COVID-19 and it means so much that he recognizes that small local businesses are the lifeblood of Rhode Island’s economy. As we yet again enter an uncertain future, I hope the governor and our elected leaders will continue to stand with small businesses across our great state.

Chelsea Silva, Providence

Withdrawal from Afghanistan not a great success

After 13 U.S. servicemen were killed and thousands of Afghan allied troops and supporters were left behind, President Biden calls the withdrawal from Afghanistan a 'great success.' It seems our president is trying to convince us that red is white or square is round. Joseph Goebbels, chief of propaganda for the Third Reich, used to say: A lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth.

Kazimierz Wierzbicki, Providence

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