Tag Archives: Arlene Violet

Violet: Has anything really changed?

Former Common Cause executive director, Phil West, is making the rounds at local bookstores to promote his book, “Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island 1986-2006″. Recently, he was at Barrington Books. Much of the presentation that evening focused on the “secrets” behind the scenes where legislative loyalty to conflicted General Assembly leaders led to catastrophic

Can we get real?

Last week the Providence Journal reported that the state of Rhode Island has an estimated $21.7 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1, with the next projected shortfall for July 2015 projected to be even higher. Two articles appeared in the illustrious newspaper within 24 hours of this story, which caused

Will new leaders serve the common good?

By the time you read this most of you will know who your newly elected representatives are. With each election cycle citizens are reminded of their own civic responsibility which is discharged by the simple act of voting, while the successful candidates will have to put their money where their mouths are. Query whether Rhode

Vote yes to a Constitutional Convention

“Creating jobs” seems to be the catch-all phrase during this election as candidates vie for statewide and local office. Imagine for a moment, though, that you are an outsider potentially looking for a place to plant your firm or manufacturing facility. When you look at Rhode Island, what would be the first thing that you

Violet: A different kind of number-crunching

Ted Hahn is a former advanced math teacher who taught for 38 years in the public school system. His love affair with numbers carried into politics. For years he has been involved in campaigns both statewide and in the City of Providence. His job is usually unpopular. He looks at historical voting trends for the

LaSalle Academy almost gets it right

Let’s get this straight from the beginning: Bishop Thomas Tobin has every right — if not a responsibility — to criticize a Catholic who espouses a position on contraception and/or abortion contrary to the church’s teachings. LaSalle Academy, a Catholic high school in Providence, also has the prerogative to remove someone from its Wall of

Fracking fears and hedging hedge funds

Two topics seem to dominate debate today and both share in common the evaluation of risk. Fracking, a controversial method of extracting oil from the ground, and hedge fund investing of public pension funds are both endless topics with advocates and detractors. The hedge fund debate, no doubt, will continue in Rhode Island in both

Healey is a problem for both sides of the aisle

The Republicans wanted to bump off Bob Healey, the Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate, for a good reason. Namely, he is an attractive alternative to its standard-bearer Alan Fung. Democrat Gina Raimondo’s camp must have been hoping for the same thing, since he is also a challenge to her. What’s his threat to them? Mr. Healey

What’s the point?

If I asked you if the 4 Democratic gubernatorial candidates had any policy differences, wouldn’t you say yes?  Similarly, were there any position differences between Republicans Ken Block and Alan Fung? Of course there were. That’s why it’s disingenuous to expect that those who lost the race should automatically give an imprimatur to the standard