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To the editor: There is a lot to learn from the recent defeat of the Senate Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every bill Republican leaders introduced had the same … more
To the editor:Arlene Violet’s “Growing Decency Deficit” (August 30-31) was a breath of fresh air. We are constantly bombarded with articles on how”the other guy” is … more
To the editor, Energy — namely, electricity — is the modern day “fire” that drives our economy. As a former administrator of the RI Office of Energy Resources and as the RI … more
To the editor: It has been over a year since several of us with better taste and an eye for what is proper and decorous publicly called for the removal of Westport’s insidious “fork in the … more
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With great enthusiasm, Town Meeting voters in Westport approved an ‘agri-tourism’ measure a couple of years back that would allow all sorts of fun on farms. They did it because farmers say … more
It’s often said freedom isn’t free. The right to speak out against those in power, move around on a whim, and generally live our lives the way we see fit is often taken for granted, as … more
To the editor:  We are totally mystified by the behavior of the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT). When we buy a home, we pay money into the LCACT,  the explicit purpose of which is “to preserve farmland and open space.” The LCACT is mandated to use our money to purchase easements which gives it the right to restrict the land use to agriculture. more
The penalty for subjecting your pets to slow and agonizing death by neglect? Not much around here, it seems. Investigators are justifiably outraged that a Fall River District Court judge has … more
To the editor: Efforts to improve the programs and effectiveness of DCYF have continued to be a top priority for me personally and many of my colleagues. The work is far from complete and recent … more
To the editor: Solar Power Plants: the solution to our fossil fuel dependency. Sounds good doesn’t it? It sure did to our town fathers in some of our rural communities, giving large commercial … 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.