Tag Archives: Arlene Violet

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

Candidates acquit themselves well in debate

As the top three democratic gubernatorial candidates jockey for the ultimate prize to represent the party in November, one thing was clear in the WPRI debate on August 26. The Democrats have an embarrassment of riches.  Each of these candidates acquitted themselves well during the debate. Clay Pell After a rocky start to his candidacy

Say what??

Kudos to GoLocalProv and reporter Arielle Confino who recently investigated whether our candidates for Governor put their money where their respective mouths are. Each candidate speaks rhapsodically about creating jobs in Rhode Island. Yet, when it comes to where they put their donors dollars, with less than 3 weeks away from the primary, 72 percent

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

Is this the worst Congress ever?

On August 2, the two Republican congressional contenders who wish to dispatch incumbent Representative David Cicilline to the locker room appeared on “Newmakers.” Both gentlemen, Cormack Lynch and Stan Tran, acquitted themselves well. As I listened to their respective thoughtful responses I kept asking myself why either of these men would even want to go

Stop the destruction

Last week I wrote  about how Congress and the President have only exacerbated the problem of immigration and have defaulted on their   obligations, which have led to frustrated citizens vetting their anger at children and mothers crossing the border. I was reminded by a reader of the remarks made by former Governor Dick Lamm on

Poseurs and poppycock = politicians

Poseur: A person who pretends to be what he or she is not; or a person who attempts to impress others by assuming an affect or sentiment other than his or her true feeling. Do you know any poseurs? Here are who should be high on your list, namely, those phonies who populate the White