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It is a rare occasion when I praise the RI Speaker of the House and Senate President. Praise is due, however, for their recent actions. Here are the reasons why:House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello-The … more
Kudos to Attorney General Peter Neronha for 2 thoughtful pieces of legislation. His first bill would reduce simple possession of 1 ounce or less of a controlled substance (other than marijuana where … more
Pretend that you are researching whether you should bring your business to Rhode Island. You obviously are assessing your chances of making a profit, whether your children can get a great education, … more
George Mendonsa fought in World War II’s Pacific Theater, fished a lifetime on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, remained married to the love of his life for … more
Poli-ticksBy Arlene VioletIt's time for a new sheriff's policy in town WPRI-TV’s investigative reporter extraordinaire, Tim White, exposed a scandal at the state’s sheriff department. It … more
In an effort to find money for the burgeoning state budget, Governor Gina Raimondo is proposing to legalize recreational marijuana. She projects that the state would receive $14.3 million in gross … more
If you want to see a lot of belly-aching about the recent government shutdown, read the copious statements of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. These democrats bemoaned the hardship suffered … more
Prospects are very favorable for achieving major progress in the coming year to solve the most serious water quality problems in the Town of Westport because of two major developments. First, … more
Even if the reader doesn’t like Governor Gina Raimondo, you'd have to admit that her State of the State address was well-crafted and well-delivered. In fact, the Governor seems to have grown … more
By the time you read this you may know whether President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in order to scoop up some of the $20 billion of excess funds out of the Pentagon budget in … more
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