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Governor Gina Raimondo has had a heap of criticism regarding her administration of the state. Since the buck stops with her, the negative critiques were warranted. Even her most vehement detractors, … more
Never have taxpayers spent so much to get so little. With a ten billion dollar plus budget the folks up on Smith Hill seem incapable of doing their respective jobs. Both the legislative and the … more
Attorney General Peter Neronha is again asking the legislature to give grand juries the power to issue reports on their findings in cases where there are no indictments but the public would benefit … more
The management of the Convention Center is a disgrace. Its history has been pockmarked by repeated failures to pay for itself as politicians have used it as an employment favor factory for pals. The … more
A few days ago I landed at the Fort Lauderdale airport after being out of this country. I try to view my return with the fresh eyes of a newly arrived person in order to access what image the United … more
Rhode Island is one of very few states where a teacher can legally have sex with their students. I was hopeful that 2019 was going to be the year that our legislature would do the easy and obviously … more
Paris is endeavoring to repair and restore Notre Dame Cathedral. We here in Providence have neglected our only Skyscraper, the most poetic and "philosophical" structure in our downtown.It saddens me … more
I have been thinking a lot about how tough my high school English teachers were and how hard it was to earn an A, not only on the report card, but even on just one writing assignment. I was in honors … more
There are lots of wives out there who are probably convinced that the gifts they gave their husbands for Christmas were just what the hubby wanted. But for Christmas 2019, nobody holds a candle to my … more
Here are three cheers for the lawyers at the non-profit center, Rhode Island Center for Justice (centerforjustice.com). In a lawsuit with national implications, the Center has filed a lawsuit on … 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.