Author Archives: Arlene Violet

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

Villains and other matters

How crooked can you get? Henry A. Fellela, Jr., spouse of a Johnston state legislator, should have the book thrown at him. He finally admitted, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that he had fraudulently collected $58,000 in social security benefits for eight years, claiming that he was unable to work due to mental illness.

Obama continues to get a pass

Imagine this. President George W. Bush authorizes the implantation of software in 100,000 computers around the world that conducts surveillance on those machines and creates a digital highway for launching cyber-attacks. This software can also enter and alter data in computers not connected to the internet. It’s on your computer right now. Well, not really

Speaker Mattiello off to a rocky start

You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. In selecting Leo Skenyon as his chief of staff, Speaker Nick Mattiello poked the Rhode Island taxpayer in the eyes. How soon have we forgotten the fiasco at the R.I. Traffic Tribunal during the tenure of Mr. Skenyon, its Administrator? Apparently, being

Unions botch vote on pension settlement

As reports regarding errant ballots sent on the pension settlement to affected public employees begin to multiply, the entire situation becomes more ridiculous by the moment. There can be no confidence in the vote.  Here’s why. The fatal flaw is the assumption that a “non-return” of the ballot is a “yes” vote for the settlement.

Load gun, shoot foot

Two candidates have made self-inflicted wounds to their respective gubernatorial quests. Perhaps it is early enough for each of them to recover from the shot to the foot. Then, again, maybe not. Victor Paul Alvarez wrote a recent GoLocal Prov story documenting that Mr. Pell didn’t vote in half of the elections for which he

Not all plaintiffs are created equal

Readers of this column know that I am not a fan of the “compromise” hammered out behind closed doors by the trial justice in the pension case. Constitutional issues should be decided, not side-stepped. Judges should not be in a position to force the legislative and executive branches of government to be subservient to the