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To the editor: On January 17, three members of the Tiverton Town Council – Patricia Hilton, Denise DeMedeiros, and Joseph Perry – filed an Open Meetings Act (OMA) complaint with the Rhode … more
To the editor: America is a dream. It’s an ideal to which we aspire, a promise made to us, and a promise that we make. It means something a little different for everybody. To me — … more
To the editor: In regards to the Portsmouth Town Council voting to study regionalization of Newport and Portsmouth schools: • Newport spends taxpayers money with reckless abandon … more
People on the bike path have lawful stop signs facing them. People in cars are lawfully supposed to stop for people within the crosswalk, not people on the bike path. I feel that most drivers are … more
I write to rebut a recently published submission to the editor dated June 12 of this year and relating to school start times. I was shocked to read the following: "Rigorous evidence to suggest … more
Before I moved to Barrington in 1976, I had never witnessed anything like a financial town meeting. In most cities and towns, the budget is adopted by the mayor, a vote of the council or a vote of … more
The energy reality is what just happened at Brayton Point when those towers came tumbling down. Back when the decision was announced, a company spokesman called it simple economics — coal can no … more
To the editor: This year has been a difficult one for our school system and our community. Tensions between schools, teachers, administration, students and families ran high. Awareness of concerns … more
On July 16, 2019, the Bristol branch of Bank of America will close, leaving that bank’s  branches nearest to Bristolians in Barrington and Fall River. This is a bank robbery in … more
The Silver Creek Bridge is presently deficient both structurally and functionally. Rebuilding the bridge should take care of the structural problems, but it would still be deficient as planned in its … 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.