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The benefits of more people accessing, following and interacting with their government far exceed the negative, or potential negative, impacts. Government is best when it not only represents citizens, but involves them. more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The approach of nicer spring weather makes it easy to think that COVID has been banished. But surges are sparking lockdowns in other parts of the world, and the Omicron BA.2 … more
To the editor: We are thankful to the Westport and Little Compton fire departments for their extraordinary service in fighting a fire at our home in Westport Harbor during the late evening on … more
Every child in Rhode Island deserves to go to a school that is safe, warm, dry, and equipped for 21st-century learning.  In 2018, I co-chaired the state’s School Building Task Force … more
What if we were more comfortable sharing our thoughts and wishes about what would matter to us towards the end of our lives? What if we were more informed about what to expect if we were seriously … more
We live in contentious times. According to a 2020 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, political polarization among Americans has grown rapidly during the last 40 … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: If you want people to get politically engaged, hit them in the pocketbook. The rising cost of gas is a case in point, since it registers as a tangible connection to faraway events … more
To the editor: 'Lies, damned lies, and statistics' can be blamed for so much of today's misinformation, but often, it's just honest mistakes in numerical reasoning that leads people astray. This … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The biggest certainty about Rhode Island’s hospital landscape is that more changes are ahead. After state and federal regulators recently rejected the Lifespan-Care New … more
To the editor: We sometimes amuse or horrify ourselves by asking how some event or meal rates on a 1-5 or on a 1-10 scale. Sometimes, though, scales do not apply, as with the Russian invasion of … 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.