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When it comes to nursing home staffing and wages, problems abound with appropriate care. In past columns I have bemoaned the pittances paid to nursing aides. These workers perform jobs that very few … more
Poli-ticksBy Arlene Violet Trump: deflect, deny, and direct blame to others During the Republican National Convention, its speakers (except Melania) either ignored the pandemic, or, if … more
The Senate Intelligence Committee released its final bipartisan report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. This committee, dominated by Republicans, published that the Trump team and … more
The statistics are bad enough. With 4.2 percent of the globe’s population, the United States accounts for about 30 percent of COVID-19 mortalities. According to the CDC, 80 percent of those are … more
The Congressional Republicans are exaggerating the potential harm to businesses without a liability waiver. As Americans return to offices, shops, restaurants and factories without a COVID-19 … more
Being down on your luck isn’t synonymous with “less than”, something the White House and the GOP Senate seem to have confused. How else would somebody conclude otherwise when they … more
As the superintendents of eight school districts in the East Bay, we are keenly aware of the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the start of the new school year. Every day, we speak to parents … more
Bill Belichick fans know that the “Patriot Way” is a term to describe the team-first culture of the New England Patriots. The "Rhode Island Way”, regrettably, is the way that … more
Like a relative who comes to visit and never goes home, IGT (now joined by Twin River) is about to press the General Assembly for a renewed 20 year contract for gaming services. As you will recall, … more
The recent call to examine the Police Bill of Rights is a good thing. Yet, in some instances specific proposals are short-sighted. Take the argument to give police chiefs more rights to suspend or … 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.