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President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. I’ve always been proud to work at a … more
  For the past two weeks I’ve written about the problem of empty storefronts on Main Street. I focus on this issue because it is one of the biggest concerns of residents. People … more
President Barack Obama left the White House last week. He should hold his head high. History will rank him in the top 15 of America’s 45 presidents to date. Here’s why:Domestic … more
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Kudos to General Treasurer Seth Magaziner for coming up with 2 great proposals, one of which would strengthen municipal pensions and the other which stimulates loans to small Rhode Island businesses. … more
Good recycling is important for a lot of reasons. First, it is good for the environment. Ever- growing and toxic landfills are becoming a major problem. But there is a more practical reason to … more
Two years ago, the constituents of District 68 (Bristol/Warren) did not get a choice of who their Representative in the General Assembly would be ... the incumbent Rep. ran unopposed. On November 8th … more
The town of Barrington lost one of its most beloved and iconic citizens recently when Dan MacPhee passed away on December 12, at the age of 96. Dan meant so much to so many people, particularly … more
Some folks think that the panhandlers on corner streets are a threat to society. They see these mostly-displaced veterans, mentally ill folks, alcohol-dependent people and, yes, sometimes con … more
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed pledged last week to end the legislative member-induced grants to favored organizations. Well, sort of. There will be a couple … more
Let me see if I get this right! Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. was a Democratic representative for primarily the town of Bristol (and part of Portsmouth) since 2000. In 2014 house speaker Nick Mattiello … 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.