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Imagine this. You have your credit card purloined by a low-income young woman who lives in South Providence. She charges hundreds of dollars in airfare for her and her spouse. A $165 service at a … more
First came the news that the statewide Democratic Party endorsement went to a Trump-loving former Republican male over a female incumbent (later reversed). Searching through the local endorsements … more
State politicians sometimes stand as sharp contrasts. On the one hand you have an example of someone who can see beyond his own self-interest and actually propose something that benefits the common … more
The Catholic Church needs a campaign fast and it’s not the $50 million drive it is undertaking at this moment to raise funds, inter alia, for repairs to the cathedral and to burnish the … more
Depending upon your point of view, the recent United States Supreme Court decision regarding fair share dues to a union is either a great decision which upheld the First Amendment or a terrible blow … more
Recently, I received a firsthand account of the conditions on the border for immigrants from Gabriela Domenzan, Director of the Latino Policy Institute, at Roger Williams University. She is among the … more
Recently, the RI Commerce Commission announced some exciting news about tourism. The “fun-sized” advertising campaign spearheaded by Chief Marketing Officer, Lara Salamano, apparently … more
After the parade of good government groups like Operation Clean Government, Reform 92, Government Accountability Project and Common Cause, it is discouraging to witness the General Assembly revert to … more
Lawyers are supposed to give their clients utmost loyalty and competent representation. If they lapse, chances are they may be on the receiving end of a malpractice suit. Sometimes, lawyers may be … more
One of the great benefits of writing a column is that you get to meet interesting people. It is even more rewarding when you listen to somebody who is young and who has altruistic plans that can … 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.