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Jobs and education are inextricably linked

Three stories were recently in the news which at first blush seem unrelated but which are inextricably linked. The first story reported that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has put education at the top of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session.  Right next to this report was the news about the  decline in science

No Fluke

Summer flounder and black sea bass regulations to tighten Last week the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) had a joint meeting to discuss summer flounder (fluke), black sea bass and scup. These two organizations have a direct impact on fishing regulations in Rhode Island as some of

T’is the season for civility

Among all the salutations  of the season for joy, peace, and hope, I wonder whether we need to add civility to our holiday’s wishes. Recent events make me think the answer is yes. Here’s why. Discussions of shootings of unarmed black men. Certainly, a national conversation is long overdue on the issue of race and

The real Green Monster

I like to think that baseball is a game to watch and enjoy, but the truth is that professional baseball is a business. For as much as we’d like to believe that players have an affinity for the club, the city or the fan base, the reality is that they shouldn’t get sentimental about their

The website for the 5th Regiment Re-enactors in New York provided valuable information on a Revolutionary War ancestor, who also fought in the War of 1812.

Should you join a lineage society? Yes, definitely

I went to a Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Bristol Chapter, meeting that covered joining lineage societies and I’ve heard speakers at other conferences discuss how to join groups such at the Mayflower Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution. Initially, I wasn’t interested, but I think it’s important to keep

Vaccine skepticism a pet health hazard

Dear Dr. Evans, I know people are questioning whether human vaccines do more harm than good. What about dogs and cats? Are there vaccines that they absolutely have to have? —Sign Me Skeptical Dear Skeptical, I think it’s important to question long-held assumptions every now and then. But when it comes to vaccines, skepticism leads