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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
A recent article about the anniversary of the closing of the Ladd Center, which had housed developmentally disabled adults, resurrected some humble feelings. It was my privilege to represent … more
Nothing bespeaks how out of touch with taxpayers our legislators can be than the recent bill, HB-5819, sponsored by Representatives Robert Craven, Michael Morin, Carol Hagan McEntee and newcomer, … more
It would seem we have an Attorney General who embraces rationality and realism over politics and rhetoric and I, for one, am pleased. The drug problem in the United States, and worldwide, is … more
In the Muslim culture, they greet one another in this way. “As-salaam Alaykum," meaning “Peace be upon you” and answered by “wa ʿalaykumu s-salām” meaning “and peace be upon you … 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.