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Poli-ticksBy Arlene VioletProtect the First AmendmentLet’s get this out of the way: Bishop Thomas Tobin, as a United States citizen with the same constitutional rights as anyone else, has the … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a new monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH). The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and projects, public health … more
On May 21 the Ethics Commission issued an informal resolution and settlement by imposing a civil fine of $250 on Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee. The fine itself was a slap on the wrist. The Lt. … more
The cavalier attitude wherein Rhode Island politicians work for themselves by insuring their reelection through special interest legislation is much in evidence this session. You already know that … more
Earlier this month a debate ensued around the issue of school lunches. Initially, the City of Warwick school committee decided to provide only sunbutter and jelly sandwiches to children whose parents … more
So few educational systems teach the Classics nowadays that it is somewhat daunting to quote Virgil’s Aenid, Book 2, 19 B.C. lest people misunderstand: “Do not trust the Horse, Trojans. … more
A recent report issued by an advisory panel to General Treasurer, Seth Magaziner, should concern every Rhode Island taxpayer. This study concluded that almost two-thirds of locally run pensions are … more
Two events happened last week which promised to be steps in the right direction where education is concerned. Regrettably, the progress took a regressive step as well. Here is the skinny. Forward Ho! … more
Some 150 plus years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment the issue of reparations has dominated not only some college campuses but also the debate among several Democratic presidential … more
Politics in Rhode Island can be a breathtaking ride. Recent actions taken by politicians show the highs and lows of the players in power. For example:GOODTreasurer Seth Magaziner and Attorney General … 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.