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To the editor: Did you know that the Town of Tiverton has over 6,000 Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) within its boundaries? That includes septic systems and cesspools, representing … more
To the editor: My name is Austin Francis. I am a local Boy Scout of Troop 1, Portsmouth, and am writing to you to satisfy a requirement for my Communications merit badge.  I wanted to … more
Government works best when it is open and consistent, almost machine-like in its approach to people and situations. A small-town government like Barrington’s absolutely must have personality … 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
Daily I hear citizens complaining about America’s ills and flaws, so I researched the benefits and advantages we enjoy here in the U.S. that others all over the world envy. The American news … more
How humbling it is to be told that others are more concerned about the well being of our citizenry and our little Oceanside hamlet than the rest of us. The Bristol County Concerned Citizens seem to … more
What do Vince Lombardi and Arturo Toscanini have in common? Lombardi was the revered football coach and Toscanini the great orchestra conductor. If you had attended their practice sessions and listen … more
Perhaps I should express my appreciation to Stephan Brigidi for pointing out to the citizens group in his Aug. 27 letter where they should be focusing their energies and interest and where they … more
Those who seek to revisit history to in order to learn lessons from mistakes of the past should take care to understand the full historical context and its relevance before categorizing actions as … more
President Donald J. Trump doesn’t want to lose his re-election. One of the ways he’s trying to stay in power is to try to impede the U.S. Postal Service in doing its job. According 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.