Chatter: October

Readers weigh in on stories in print and online.

As a former Rhode Islander and a dedicated summer visitor for more than forty years, I had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed this issue. This year, due to COVID-19, my family and I will not be coming to Rhode Island for our annual vacation. The issue had so many great features and I especially enjoyed the old photos of people at the beach. This state will always be my “happy place.”
Mary Jean Stark
Ambler, Penn.

“Keep on the Sunny Side,” July
I have always appreciated Rhode Island Monthly’s efforts to have articles and subjects that are inclusive of our richly diverse community. Perhaps it is the times we are in that make some of us hyper-aware of how glaringly white something is, which is how [this issue] struck me. I love all of the old photos and appreciate a glimpse into how people of yesteryear have enjoyed the summer months. However, the imbalance of photos of whites frolicking at water’s edge versus a single photo of Gertrude Ward entertaining (working), a very small photo of Native Americans (I used a magnifying glass to decipher what was in the photo) and a Native American elder attending an annual convention creates an uncomfortable album of a majority population rather than a full view into the community as a whole that existed decades ago. If the photo selection was a result of those sent in by Rhode Island Monthly readers, then a sincere outreach is in need to build the confidence of our minorities to participate in our joyful recounts of history. If not, then a real effort to ferret out photos from archives was lacking, because I know for a fact that there are numerous photos available of people of color from past decades. I hope Rhode Island Monthly considers a charter going forward that consciously ensures the content is truly “Rhode Island” people.
Amanda Woodward

Correction: In our Best of Rhode Island readers’ poll, Blackbirds Consignment Shop is a winner in the Providence region for consignment store. Statewide, Bare Body Skin and Wellness in Cranston is a winner for locally owned day spa.