Author Archives: Arlene Violet

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

By their actions you shall know them

A spate of recent decisions by gubernatorial candidates tells us a lot as to what kind of governance we will experience at their hands. Here are some examples: Mayor Angel Taveras — A Providence school administrator, earning over $94,000 a year plus benefits, listed a degree from an online, non-accredited university where she took no

Chafee thinks he’s so smart

In previous columns I have noted that Governor Lincoln Chafee has the tendency to think that he’s the smartest guy in the room. His hubris manifests itself by his personal attacks on anyone who disagrees with his point of view. Former Governor Don Carcieri was a frequent target of his scorn, whether it was the

Getting up on the right side of the bed

My beloved mother used to tell us children that we should always get up on the “right side of the bed.” She wanted us to start each day anew with a happy attitude. So, it is that after all these years, I follow her advice except for every once in a while when the news

A day of reckoning

On May 1, Rhode Islanders were treated to a full dose of disingenuousness by the Governor. On that day there were two dueling proclamations: one, a “Day of Prayer” and the other, a “Day of Reason.” Citizens were reminded  to pray if they believed in God, while at the same time the day recognized atheism,

Freedom to offend anyone

• Governor Lincoln Chafee issues a proclamation making May 1st a Day of Reason. His declaration is in response to a request from an atheist association. Some folks are outraged by this recognition. • Some students who are illegally in the country refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Their beef? It’s not their

Welfare recipients are a nation of takers

You have heard all the arguments. Far too many of this nation’s citizens are on the dole and expect the middle class to subsidize the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Sponging also damages character and creates an addiction to entitlements. This is an outrage. Here are just a few examples of public welfare