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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
It seems that “Speak Out” is the latest vessel for clandestine political attacks — only now under the cover of anonymity. Is this the way the Phoenix will get around its own … more
I read with interest the article last week regarding the Bristol County Concerned Citizens. I found it informative but somewhat confusing as to just what these good citizens are so concerned … more
Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps Major General, prior to World War II, sarcastically noted that American naval maneuvers near Japan would have an effect. Butler wrote, “the … more
I am writing in response to your newspaper’s column, called “Speak Out.” Most of your readers know that “Speak Out” is an anonymous phone line where anyone can say … more
I was baffled when I read your ‘Speak Out’ column in the Aug. 27 newspaper and the outrageous claim that I think “all cops are bastards.” Apparently, a Facebook post that I … more
To the editor: I have been trying to ignore the yellowing fields, both the “south 40,” and the one outside the house. But when tall sunflowers on slender stalks joined the goldenrod I … more
To the editor: Just as Progressives insisted that implementation of education reform initiatives in the 1990s was locally generated by changing the name of Mastery Learning to Outcome Based … 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.