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To the editor: I am encouraged by the number of residents who want to understand the town budget process and are getting involved in the conversation, particularly around the school operating … more
To the editor: I write to express my interest in serving on the Committee on Appropriations (COA) for 2017 – 2019 and to request that you consider voting for me at the upcoming Financial … more
To the editor: It concerns me that as mentioned in past letters, people are mad at the COA for doing their job.  Their responsibility is to look at the finances of the town, compare past … more
To the editor: As a father, physician and resident of the Town of Barrington I am disappointed yet again with our annual drama game that pits the school committee against the committee on … more
To the editor: We need to carefully analyze the finances of the proposed reduction in programs proposed by the committee on appropriations and the Barrington schools. The quality of our schools … more
To the editor: The committee on appropriations has rendered itself irrelevant.  Really, why spend 4 months going over ad nauseum, line by line, come up with a total, and then, after all … more
To the editor: Over the last 20 years of my involvement with the Barrington School Committee, most of those serving as chair, our district priorities have always been clearly articulated. Student … more
To the editor: Walter Mondale, in his now infamous 1984 U.S. Democrat primary debate, asked Gary Hart, his contender,  “Where’s the beef?” in obvious reference to Mr. … more
To the editor: Would all of us in town be better served by eliminating the financial town meeting and allowing everyone to vote via a ballot and a voting machine?   We need something to … more
Let’s be honest. Do you find yourself checking your iPhone way too often? Even when you’re with your kids?  The good news is you are not alone. Unfortunately, 90 percent 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.