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I am compelled to respond to Arlene Violet’s sorely misinformed column, “Agree or disagree, protect the First Amendment."  While we all have the right to express ourselves in a … more
Recently I wrote a letter here stating how our town officials have let us down in the Sliver Creek Bridge closing. The cavalier and pompous attitudes displayed by local officials have well made my … more
Various options have been proposed for the replacement of the bridge over Silver Creek: blocking the road during construction as planned by the DOT; keeping the road open by diverting traffic over a … more
I am an advocate for Property Relief Credit which is granted by R.I. General Law 44-33-3. Back in 2014, this law was revised, and the language deleted “Disabled Veterans” from this law. … more
In response to the letters to the editor on June 6, “The Drag Queen imbroglio” and “Common sense no longer,” I offer the following for your consideration. Call it a … more
Following the one-time cancellation of Drag Queen Story Hour at Roger’s Free, the Bristol Democratic Town Committee issued a statement asserting that “[t]he library’s decision does … more
Drag Queen Story Hour comes to Bristol on Saturday in a celebration of “Pride Month,” but there’s not much to be proud of here. The whole affair has been a mild embarrassment for … more
I am writing in response to the letters written by Michael Byrnes and Peter Hewett in the June 6 edition of the Phoenix. They both used words like morality, virtues, but they don’t see that … more
Diversity and patriotism are not the same thing. We are not a diverse town, but that's okay because diversity takes work and it takes time. The people in favor of the Drag Queen Story Hour are … more
In response to the coverage of the off-again, on-again Drag Queen Story Hour at Rogers Free Library, and opinions penned by those who believe representation equals indoctrination, I feel compelled to … 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.