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Editorial — Fool’s paradise

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Editorials  /  No Comments

It wasn’t so many months ago that Rhode Island found religion when it came to unsustainable pensions and bloated contracts. Those pensions had pushed one city into bankruptcy, others weren’t far off, and the entire employee pension system was on the brink. It was all finally enough to convince the legislature and even reluctant unions […]

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Libraries: The best deal in town

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Where can you get help with a research question, find an obscure experimental film that’s not available through Netflix or Redbox, hear an Irish music concert, learn the origins of your family name and watch your kids compete in a Lego-building contest? You’ll notice that we didn’t even mention books. These days, your local library […]

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Consider seven-member planning board in Warren

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

  The wariness is understandable. But given Warren’s dearth of volunteers, an idea brought up to reduce the number of planning board members from nine to seven (page 4) might bear further consideration. While the town couldn’t run without its volunteers, there are shortages on some boards that have gone, in some cases, months without […]

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Editorial: Fox foolishness

By   /  February 5, 2014  /  Editorials  /  4 Comments

For odd programming, it’s tough to top the pre-Super Bowl stunt pulled by Fox “Sports” on Sunday. As the game neared and fans gathered to watch the latest about Peyton, Richard Sherman, the Legion of Boom and New Jersey weather, Fox switched gears and, from out of left field, unleashed Bill O’Reilly on President Obama. […]

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Editorial: Debt double standard

By   /  January 22, 2014  /  Editorials  /  No Comments

The big point pushing Sakonnet tolls, Governor Chafee has said all along, is to enable Rhode Island to finally cease borrowing to fund its bridge maintenance work.  It is critical, he repeats whenever pressed about tolls, for the state to climb out from beneath the mountain of debt that now cripples efforts to keep those […]

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Editorial: 2014 in Bristol: Looking ahead..

By   /  January 1, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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A new year is a time for new beginnings. As we look ahead to 2014, here’s our short wish list for the coming year: Closure for the victims and families affected by alleged sexual molestation by the Perry brothers over a couple of decades. A public/private partnership to manage the newly-created community center near the […]

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Trash talkers

By   /  December 31, 2013  /  Editorials  /  2 Comments

Jewelry maker Alex & Ani was smart to steer a path well clear of the mud-fight between unions and a Providence talk show host. The unions had demanded that companies yank their ads from WPRO after crude remarks by radio host John DePetro. “We have no dog in this fight. We don’t understand why we […]

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The war on drugs

By   /  December 20, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

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Critics are questioning the validity of a statewide report showing that Bristol and Warren school students are among the most frequent users of drugs and alcohol in the state of Rhode Island. Their arguments don’t have merit. If some group of students at Mt. Hope High School and Kickemuit Middle School skewed the self-reported survey […]

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Owls need elbow room

By   /  December 19, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

A snowy owl carries prey — a ring-billed gull it had captured — near Baker's Beach in Westport. Observers say that owls seem to be targeting birds here — gulls, American black duck, bufflehead and others. PAUL CHAMPLIN PHOTO

The recent visit by snowy owls is a rare treat, one to enjoy from a distance. These are beautiful birds, far from their Arctic home. The fact that they are here suggests all is not well with these owls. Experts think they’ve headed south because their normal food supply — mostly Arctic lemmings — has […]

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Editorial: A place to rest

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

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Weddings and Roger Williams University bring thousands of visitors to Bristol 12 months per year, but very few of those visitors stay here. There aren’t enough beds. When they drive off, those visitors take their wallets, purses and appetites with them. It’s been this way for at least a decade, as Roger Williams has become […]

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