Author Archives: Arlene Violet

Stop the destruction

Last week I wrote  about how Congress and the President have only exacerbated the problem of immigration and have defaulted on their   obligations, which have led to frustrated citizens vetting their anger at children and mothers crossing the border. I was reminded by a reader of the remarks made by former Governor **** Lamm on

Poseurs and poppycock = politicians

Poseur: A person who pretends to be what he or she is not; or a person who attempts to impress others by assuming an affect or sentiment other than his or her true feeling. Do you know any poseurs? Here are who should be high on your list, namely, those phonies who populate the White

On having the attention span of a gnat

Opinion writer Dana Milbank (Washington Post, July 11) is correct. The entire political world today is a stage. Our national dialogue has become a series of one-act plays; each runs for a week or two, the critics offer up their reviews of the President’s performance, and then the  play closes just as quickly. Here’s some

Love is never having to say I’m sorry

It was a harbinger that Ali McGraw’s character, a resident of Cranston in “Love Story”, opined that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Who would have thought that years later this 1970 quote would apparently be the guideline of Rhode Island’s quasi-public agencies and the state that continue to hire the same alleged

Some things seem foolish that aren’t

We’ve all heard the grumbling. Why are the legislators on Smith Hill focusing on whether calamari should be the official state appetizer? “Do some real work” a skeptical public asserted. Yet Representative Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) was right in pushing this legislation. Many places, like Louisiana with their oysters, beignets and po’ boys, have used food

A legislative score card

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year, a look back on some of its actions reveals a mixed bag of accomplishments. GOOD The General Assembly passed some tax reform by lowering the corporate tax rate from 9 to 7 percent and by capturing taxes on out-of-state corporate activities related to their in-state

When are we going to get this?

Thanks to a fine investigative review by GoLocalProv (June 5) of the Auditor General’s recent report, we now know that the state continues to make the same millions of dollars’ mistakes when it comes to accounting for federal monies. In fact, 16 out of 17 mistakes were repeat offenses and 11 of those were ranked

What’s in a name?

When I was first running for R.I. Attorney General   I gave about 10 seconds to think about my last name. I could imagine, for example,   my opponent doing a campaign ad with the punch line, VIOLET IS A PANZY  to undermine my toughness for the top cop job. Hmm. Should I preempt that temptation by

R.I. hoisted by its own petard

So, here’s a question for you. The Rhode Island Constitution limits the amount of money that can be borrowed to just a modest sum unless there is voter consent through a referendum. So, the legislators decide that this process is too cumbersome and they want their pet projects to go forward unabated, so they create

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