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Villains and other matters

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

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. […]

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Obama continues to get a pass

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  Columns  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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Speaker Mattiello off to a rocky start

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  3 Comments

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 […]

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Unions botch vote on pension settlement

By   /  March 29, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

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. […]

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Load gun, shoot foot

By   /  March 13, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Not all plaintiffs are created equal

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Magaziner says he has fresh ideas — and he does

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Seth Magaziner is running for Rhode Island General Treasurer in order to bring new energy and fresh ideas to our state government. He’s full of both! At a recent breakfast at Kosy Korner, the 30 year old Brown (Bachelor) and Yale (Master of business administration) graduate outlined his reasons for running for the Treasurer’s post. […]

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Frank Caprio says he has the experience

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  2 Comments

Former Rhode Island General Treasurer Frank Caprio showed a deft touch when he kicked off his campaign for State Treasurer at Caserta’s Pizza. This famous pizzeria is in the heart of the district where he has lived all his life, but, most importantly, where he met his wife, Gabriella, when she worked weekends in order […]

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He says he has a warrior’s spirit

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Let’s say there was a candidate for Rhode Island State Treasurer who has 30 plus years as a Certified Public Accountant and was the first public servant to be elected chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in its 125-year history. This candidate also had one of the highest security clearances in order […]

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Has Lincoln Chafee Given Up?

By   /  February 3, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

During his State of the State address, Governor Lincoln Chafee seemed to strike most of the right notes, including freezing tuition for higher education, town and city fiscal support, and the importance of supporting the arts. It was a virtual love fest as his Democrat legislators greeted his remarks with rousing applause. Of course, his […]

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