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COVID-19 is disproportionately striking Latinx and Black communities here in Rhode Island and across the country. As public health and health policy professionals, this does not surprise us. We know … more
While it is no doubt unpopular with citizens who are scared out of their minds with the coronavirus, state GOP leaders are correct that the governor was wrong to make no-exit leases for field … more
Despite the herculean job that Governor Gina Raimondo has done, she has been criticized for alleged violations of the Constitution for some Executive Orders. Ed Achorn of The Providence Journal, the … more
The coronavirus has not only wreaked havoc on people’s health and the economy but also threatens to upset the presidential election. In Rhode Island the Presidential  Preference Primary is … more
Since plenty of folks have more time on their hands given the coronavirus pandemic, far too many talk show radio callers are mimicking President Donald Trump who also should stop playing … more
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
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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.