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Are we secretly at war with China?

By   /  August 21, 2013  /  Columns  /  1 Comment

Imagine this. You have a neighbor that provides a toy for your child but it is coated in lead. He sells you a mobile home made from toxic construction materials. He offers you tainted food. He owns a lot of your neighborhood—so he can dictate local policies. He has stolen scores of intellectual property from […]

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Stop cluttering the books with ‘nanny state’ laws

By   /  August 14, 2013  /  Columns  /  1 Comment

Aristotle once opined that the aim of government is to produce a wise citizenry: citizens that are good at identifying their own real interest. Some political leaders, though, have contempt for this principle. They see their roles as benevolent dictators of choice. Take Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York. He thinks that he is the […]

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It’s all in our backyard: theft, graft, collusion

By   /  August 7, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

I am an unabashed fan of the work done by The Rhode Island Foundation. This appreciation also extends to its most recent effort to develop a positive image toward Rhode Island’s economic strength through the “It’s All In Our Backyard” campaign. The problem is that stories constantly pop-up to convey another “It’s all In Our […]

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Race is a pigment of our imagination

By   /  July 31, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Last week I wrote a column that raised the “race” word: to what extent were the respective races of the attacker and the attacked a factor in the George Zimmerman verdict? I almost hated to write that column. Discussing “race” is a pretension that such an objective reality exists. It does not. There is no […]

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What role did race play?

By   /  July 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Intellectually, I understand why the George Zimmerman jury reached its “not guilty” verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin. In fact, it’s the only plausible verdict given the state of the law in Florida on self-defense. The jurors were told by the judge that Zimmerman was allowed to use deadly force if he merely thought […]

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Leadership Needed

By   /  July 19, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Halfway through the 2013 season and there’s a stunner atop the AL East. No one could have predicted these standings by looking at the roster on Opening Day or reflecting on the lost season of Bobby V. This team is not as entertaining as the “idiots” of 2004, but the between the stars, the veterans […]

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Stop the excuses for bad behavior

By   /  July 19, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Sometimes, I think I am being “shaken down”. Throughout the state some folks are arguing for taxpayer-funded summer activities for youth in order to keep them out of trouble. It seems that if we don’t have a pool or a basketball tournament or a teen center for the little dears we are responsible for them […]

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It’s for the children

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Am I the only one who is fed up with the rhetoric about “helping the children” when the reality is that it’s to line the pockets of the providers of some service or another? This old chestnut “for the kids” was dragged out again by a Pawtucket day care provider, who, no doubt, is salivating […]

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Politicians are killing us softly

By   /  July 3, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Does anything ever change in Rhode Island? Recent decisions made by the so-called leaders up on Smith Hill certainly challenge the thinking that things are getting any better in this state. Here are some examples of the business as usual routine: Governor Lincoln Chafee has nominated Chris Fierro, former district director for U.S. Representative David […]

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R.I. Senate passes marriage tax

By   /  June 27, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Last week, the Senate judiciary committee approved a bill to add a $46 surcharge on the current $24 marriage license fee. The first $2 will go to the city or town clerk who issues the license; while the other $44 will go to the Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence. What are they thinking? Nobody […]

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