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I am writing in response to Arlene Violet’s column, “Republicans need to get with the program.” Instead of focusing on the negative (mostly perceived) of President Trump, I … more
In her recent column (“Republicans need to get with the program”), Arlene Violet really exposed her biases. She criticized the Republicans but said nothing about the way the Democrats are … more
If analysts did a deep dive into student test score data, they could make a credible argument that Rockwell Elementary School in Bristol is the best school in the entire state of Rhode … more
It is rare to leave a wake with a smile on your face and feeling happy. I did that on Oct. 14 while walking down the steps of Sansone Funeral Home after shaking hands with my friend, Wayne Brooder, … more
The Town of Bristol allowed the condo construction project if the boardwalk was built along its waterfront. The maintenance cost would be met by its residents. That was the arrangement, which one … more
To the editor: Superintendent, I sent you photos, and followed up sending other photos to Providence Country Day. These photos clearly show the crime I witnessed. Your quick follow up was … more
Students in Westport, Mass., were asked recently whether they like the idea of school uniforms. The answer from 82 percent— a resounding No Thank You! No surprise there, nor was it … 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.