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When elected by the residents of Ward 4 and entrusted to represent our taxpayers, I made a promise to be the voice of our residents, YOU. I believe the budget process is not a spectator event. The … more
Parker Pond in Mt. Vernon, Maine lies nestled in the pine forests 20 miles northwest of Augusta.  Though called a pond, it would qualify as a midsized lake just about any place else.  … more
I really don’t remember when I started writing Poli-ticks, a weekly column. I think it was about 20 years ago. I surely am going to remember, however, when it ended since it is now. I have … more
Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Governor Dan McKee, earns $187,421 plus benefits. That’s why I thought it was curious when he recently resigned from his $7500 yearly post as Cumberland’s … more
My heart was battered when I saw the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. I have an affinity for the country. In 2005 I joined the Board of Directors of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women, founded by … more
He may have gone about it the wrong way, but Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was correct in condemning both the content of and the secrecy surrounding the Providence teacher union contract negotiated … more
John Kinsella’s great baseball novel, “Field of Dreams,” popularized the phrase “Go the distance.” I regard it also as an exhortation to runners — from the mile to … more
Fortunately, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is strongly recommending that children wear masks when they return to school. This should be a no-brainer. With so many unvaccinated children, including … more
Regular readers of this column may be aware that I represent pro bono (no legal fee) the elderly retirees who had worked at St. Joseph’s and/or Fatima Hospital before St. Joseph’s closed … more
Congress has a bill on its plate that would remove the sole decision-making authority over whether serious crimes are prosecuted from the military chain of command and assign these cases 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.