Opinion articles

Simple tips can increase recycling rate

To The Editor: Given last week’s news regarding the RIRRC’s reduction of our annual cap at the Johnston Landfill for fiscal year 2014-15 and the potential for significantly higher tipping fees, the Bristol Recycles Committee offers these 10 simple recycling tips: 1) Recycle plastic containers that are up to 2 gallons in size. Rinse, attach

Providence has a bench full of talent

Providence is a great city with some enormous problems. Some of them are typical urban problems like crime and the high cost of housing while others are uniquely Rhode Island: there are jobs to be had, but no residents with the skills to fill them. We all know that Providence has been teetering on the

When good people do bad things

With such outrageous events occurring across the globe lately, we are left pondering what it is about human nature that could explain the evil we all witness. From our youth, we probably were left debating whether people were basically good or bad. Perhaps people are worse than we think when we witness the somewhat minor

Recharge with a ‘forest bath’

All my life I have spent my summer vacation in places as close to nature as my family is inclined to rough it. When I was a kid we spent two or three weeks at a rented turn-of-the-century camp with no indoor plumbing or electricity on a wooded island aptly named “Jolly” in Lake Winnipesaukee.

Josh Davis and Matt Parker, both of Barrington, hold up two of the monster stripers they caught on a recent evening fishing trip off Block Island.

No Fluke

Great Outdoor Pursuit big success Team prizes for the 2014 Great Outdoors Pursuit were recently awarded to winners at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown. The program aims to reunite families with the outdoors, encourage more physical activity and help build the next generation of environmental stewards. This year 407 teams registered for the event including

Back-to-school tech safety tips

From tweens to teens, our kids are increasingly tech-savvy, and that means parents also need to be smart about the latest technology. This is particularly true as we approach the new school year when students may start to test new boundaries as they explore the internet, text with friends, and use social media. As we prepare to send

Please stop insulting our intelligence

With less than three weeks to go before Primary Day, I’ve started to feel like following this year’s election cycle has been as exhausting as watching a season of bad baseball games. This year Fenway has been too-often transformed into a park full of eye-rolling “c’mon!” screaming fans who are hoping to see some good