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As someone who makes it their profession to know things and seeks out knowledge when I find myself ignorant on issues of importance, I will admit flatly that I was ashamed to learn how little I truly … more
By Jenny O'Neill Westport’s old-timers have fond memories of a now forgotten tradition of May baskets. These hand-made paper or cardboard baskets, filled with small treats and trinkets, … more
Mother’s Day is the day when we celebrate our moms and the other women in our lives who have given us love, guidance, inspiration, and support.What we don’t often do on Mother’s … more
Sitting in the Mt. Hope High School auditorium, I’d be lying to say I wasn’t a little hesitant about the addiction awareness theatrical performance I was about to see. I was born in … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The familiar ritual of hearings on gun-related bills played out at the Statehouse last week, with lengthy meetings extending into the night and impassioned testimony on both sides … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The approach of nicer spring weather makes it easy to think that COVID has been banished. But surges are sparking lockdowns in other parts of the world, and the Omicron BA.2 … more
What if we were more comfortable sharing our thoughts and wishes about what would matter to us towards the end of our lives? What if we were more informed about what to expect if we were seriously … more
We live in contentious times. According to a 2020 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, political polarization among Americans has grown rapidly during the last 40 years. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: If you want people to get politically engaged, hit them in the pocketbook. The rising cost of gas is a case in point, since it registers as a tangible connection to faraway events … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The biggest certainty about Rhode Island’s hospital landscape is that more changes are ahead. After state and federal regulators recently rejected the Lifespan-Care New … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “ It's absolutely soul-crushing, heart-breaking,” the Rev. Borislav Kroner, pastor of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Woonsocket, tells my colleague Joe Tasca, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: When women run for office in Rhode Island, they usually win. Years of gains in the state Senate, for example, resulted in the chamber being equally divided between male and female … more
Forgive me for titling a column that I used almost 14 years ago. Like then, but with more money available now, the State has a surplus ($618.4 million, a $1.3 billion CARES ACT infusion of cash, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: With the September 13 primary fast approaching, RI Gov. Dan McKee last week unveiled a spending plan that doubles as a way to appeal to a wide swath of Rhode Islanders. Big spend … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott was the right person in the right place at the right time when the pandemic came to Rhode Island. Although she had never faced a challenge of that … more
Normally, this is the column where I have the audacity to suggest New Year resolutions for resident politicians. Instead I have a more urgent resolution for all of us: I want us Americans to go back … more
I was taken aback when I received a letter from Santa! There in black and white was his Christmas list of Rhode Island leaders who have been either naughty or nice. One politician dominated the … more
It’s easy to mock the “way things used to be” guy. He’s always got a story about the old days, about things that no longer exist, about people you’ve never heard of. He … more
John Kinsella’s great baseball novel, “ Field of Dreams,” popularized the phrase “Go the distance.” I regard it also as an exhortation to runners — from the mile … more
Several bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly to add a new top state personal income tax bracket, thereby threatening to impose a higher tax burden on business, and … more
By Arlene Violet Does the good outweigh the bad in 2020? Were someone to ask what events do I remember about 1980, 1990 or 2000 — even 2010 — I’d have to wrack my … more
He was born in London, the Edwardian early 20th century, when Britain still ruled the world's waves. But shortly after the death of his younger brother, their mother died and he was sent to New York … more
EAST BAY — Today we face a national crisis in the form of a deadly pandemic. However, we at the East Bay Regional Coalition remind all there is a hidden link between COVID-19 and other national … more
Paris is endeavoring to repair and restore Notre Dame Cathedral. We here in Providence have neglected our only Skyscraper, the most poetic and "philosophical" structure in our downtown. It saddens me … more
With the onset of the new legislative session, taxpayers are gritting their teeth to see what fiscal ignominies will be piled onto their backs. One thing is for certain. The governor is out of … more
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