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Before doing any work on the bridge project over Silver Creek, it is important to understand the flooding problems along the lower creek and the measures needed to solve them, rather than taking a … more
I would appreciate your reporting on your sources relative to the editoria, “Unions, take a bow." What you reported has never been my experience as a State of Rhode Island Department of … more
In the spring of 2017, the Historic District Commission met at 205-211 Thames St. to make a decision on issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness for the preservation of the Gladding Buildings/Azevedo … more
For weeks, the idea seemed laughable. Anyone with a lick of common sense knew the Rhode Island Department of Transportation couldn’t possibly close the Silver Creek bridge for months. That … more
To the editor: The current trend espousing the idea of paying reparations to living relatives of former slaves is a extreme example of social guilt and political correctness gone mad. While it is … more
An article in this week’s Sunday Providence Journal, entitled “State of Health: The Red Tape Blues,” provides a real time depiction of today’s struggle with providing the … more
I am a proud public sector employee and have spent most of my adult life working in the field of labor law. I come from a family of public servants who, like me, were members of labor unions. Your … more
In the last two editions of the Phoenix, both editorials have had the same theme — the attack and vilification of unionized public employees, a cause which the Phoenix has used its bully pulpit … more
Twice in the last two weeks, representatives of the Town of Bristol’s Economic Development Department have attended local meetings during which they have informed business owners and residents … more
Public-sector unions should step on stage, take a bow under thunderous applause, and exit stage left. Then they should leave for good. The unions have enjoyed a run of dominance more impressive … more
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