Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Authors Posts by Arlene Violet

Arlene Violet

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I want to make one thing clear from the beginning. Nothing will change in repairing the infrastructure of  Rhode Island bridges and roads until the Department of Transportation (DOT) demands accountability. I have written many articles about shoddy practices...
“If it moves, ve vill kill it” intones Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his movies.  It seems that his line has become the motto of some legislators who want to ingratiate themselves  to teacher unions by snuffing out charter...
At a minimum, 230 Rhode Island bridges are structurally deficient.  Several months before Gina Raimondo crossed the threshold into the governor’s office, the so-called Park Avenue Bridge was inspected and allowed to stay open. Governor Raimondo pointed out the...
It is a pretty shameful spectacle that so little talent is vying for the presidency of the United States. Unless you are a millionaire many times over, or have been bought by one who contributes to your campaign, you...
On the one hand, the Democrats think that the voters are geniuses because they keep returning them to office. On the other hand, they think they are also stupid because Ma and Pa can’t be trusted with making "enlightened"...
Now that the beach and boating seasons are upon us, I was particularly struck by an article in Popular Science (June 2015). The magazine published  the results of a consortium of 12 research institutions which calculated the extent of...
Governor Gina Raimondo unveiled an ambitious plan which would allow the expenditure of $900 million additional dollars for reconstruction and other  bridge work through the RI Bridge and Turnpike Authority and thereby avoid any taxpayer vote on the bond...
Quick! Can you remember the last consultant report to back a project here in Rhode Island that actually was correct? Sorry! That’s a trick question. I don’t think that there is one. CONVENTION CENTER—The backers of this project said that...
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...
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...
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