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The sweep is complete, and give the progressive Democrats credit — they own the East Bay. The old guard that once controlled politics in this region saw this coming two years ago but could … more
The water ban has been lifted! Hooray! Residents of Barrington, Warren and Bristol are free to use as much water as they’d like, indoor or outdoor, without restriction. They can water lawns … more
For one year, the Bristol Warren Joint Finance Committee behaved differently. Unfortunately for the school district, that was last year. In most years, the folks who authorize school funding … more
Here is what won’t happen when commercial medical marijuana growing operations open up in town under a newly-minted ordinance approved last week by the Warren Town Council (story, page 1): • … more
In most casual fashion, Rhode Island is putting big money on a most dangerous bet. The state is wagering that the few millions a year it expects to win from on-line sports betting will offset the … more
There is one notion of public employee disability pay and pensions — the one that ought to be and once was. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner put it simply and well: “The disability … more
Laufton Ascencao did the right thing by stepping down and letting the voters of Bristol and Warren choose another representative for the District 68 seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Mr. … more
Public-sector unions should step on stage, take a bow under thunderous applause, and exit stage left. Then they should leave for good. The unions have enjoyed a run of dominance more impressive … more
Fishermen who do not respect the ocean, nor the fish they catch from it, should pay greater punishments than those handed out by a district court judge last week. Michael Saviano of Warren was … more
Add the organization Wallet Hub to those who believe Rhode Island is one bad place to retire. The organization ranks the Ocean State next to last (Kentucky barely grabs that honor). Rhode … more
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Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.