Letters to the Editor
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“When you are in Nature’s Classroom you can take a break from the outside world. You build bonds and get closer with your classmates and teachers.” “It helped me learn more … more
The notion that the Second Amendment provides unrestricted rights to assault weapons is demonstrably false. Recent letters regurgitating the NRA’s talking points and citing constitutional … more
I am writing to express my dismay over the maintenance of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bristol. Twice within the past three months, I have traveled from New Hampshire to visit the gravesite of my … more
Did you think about your own hurricane evacuation route as Dorian wreaked havoc elsewhere? Imagine August 2020, when the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) wants to close Silver Creek … more
In response to Steve Kloeblen’s critique of my letter to the editor in a previous week’s Phoenix, I really do not have too much to say. Based on his emotional and impractical call to end … more
In the past several weeks there were three letters in the Phoenix dealing with gun violence. This is a serious problem that requires dispassionate discussion, a discussion based on fact not emotion. … more
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a Sept. 5, 2019 editorial, “No laughing matter,” regarding alternative energy. To the editor: If wind and solar are our … more
Last week’s letter by Peter Hewett, titled “It ain’t the gun that kills,” argued that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. The writer is certainly entitled to his … more
The Aug. 22 Phoenix had an article entitled, “We should be addressing the real needs of students rather than schools.” The title makes much sense, but the content of Mr. Crowley’s … more
To the editor: If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Rhode Island, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.