Author Archives: Arlene Violet

Are taxpayers being represented?

Last week a series of proposals floated around the General Assembly. See if it’s your pocketbook that is being protected: ITEM: North Kingstown Fire Department The Rhode Island Supreme Court  ruled that  the town of North Kingstown could restructure the work hours of its firefighters in order to save taxpayer money without running afoul of

The field of schemes continues

Here we go again! Despite the recent Providence Journal headline “Raimondo: stadium deal still possible this legislative session,” there is no way on God’s green earth that any Paw Sox proposal should be adopted, if at all, in this legislative session that will end in a few weeks. The environmental issues alone are massive! The

Violet: Hillary Clinton is ethically challenged

I’d like to think that I am a big supporter of women in politics, regardless of the party banner. I also harbor a hope that there would be a female president during my lifetime. Hillary Clinton has the credentials in spades, except for one quality. She seems to be ethically challenged. My unrest with her

Violet: Stick the needle in Tiverton’s arm

Good grief! Here we go again! The Twin River Management Group wants to shut down the Newport Grand slots parlor and build a casino in Tiverton. The logic is that by building a facility near the Massachusetts border  gambling revenue that flows through RI will be barricaded there.  Says who? Conspicuously absent from the press

Here comes another bean ball

How can something be called a “private project” when taxpayers would have to cough up $65 million more than the owners “alleged” private capital investment as well as cover that amount, too? The razzle dazzle has already begun about the construction of an $85 million Triple AAA ball park complete with a parking garage and

No good deed goes unpunished

I sometimes wonder about the mentality of some Rhode Islanders when   they attack another citizen for his perfectly plausible argument about a public issue. This recently happened to Alan Hassenfeld. The gentleman dared to express his opinion that the governor’s proposal to introduce a state property tax for non-owner occupied second homes worth more than

Where does it end?

PLACE:  A MOTEL IN EAST CUPCAKE, INDIANA ENTER: A couple “We’re looking for a room.” “Fine, just show me your certificate.” “What certificate?” “Your Marriage one, of course.” “We’re not married.” “Sorry then. My religious belief is that you are about to commit a mortal sin, so move on. The religious free exercise law says

Cutting your nose off to spite your face

In nixing the pension settlement, at least two unions are bringing on the demise of public employees’ pensions. Even if the unions  ultimately win the court case — which is highly unlikely for the reasons set out below — the state would be ordered to restore pensions it cannot pay. A series of municipal bankruptcies

Let the games end!

My late sister was a member of a teacher’s union as well as a representative for the unit of school psychologists. After her death I was handling her estate so all the mail came to me, including the Union newsletter. As I perused it I noticed a story congratulating the Cranston Teacher’s Union for its

Not just another pretty face

Ken Block is not a usual politician. He spends his own money rather than ours. The most recent evidence of this truth is his analysis of fire protection costs in Rhode Island, where he spent $2500 of his own lucre, which he and his volunteers spent upwards of 500 hours to produce. Readers should go

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