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I am writing today to express my hope that Rhode Island will finally pass a law to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.  Current Rhode Island law makes it too easy for dangerous … more
Many recent letters to the editor by members of your elected Tiverton Charter Review Commission (CRC), elucidating the CRC positions on protecting your Financial Town Referendum (FTR), and preserving … more
Why is it that every time the educational system fails, it lowers the bar rather than the professionals rising up to the occasion? Here is the latest example. CCRI, the state’s junior college, … more
In September of 2017, the Bristol Town Council voted unanimously and determined that of the town’s numerous boards and commissions, one of its most vital, the Economic Development Commission … more
To the editor: Almost weekly, there appear letters from members of the Tiverton Charter Review Commission (CRC) insinuating that the Town Council is attempting to “strip voter’s … more
On Feb. 28, the Bristol Town Council joined Barrington, Portsmouth, Newport, Jamestown, Middletown, Block Island, more than 60 cities and towns in Massachusetts, including Boston, and the State of … more
As I read your paper’s article about the plastic bag ban (April 5), I thought perhaps your reporter had come late to the Bristol Town Council meeting at which the ban was approved. The reporter … more
If you haven’t visited the Rogers Free Library on a Sunday afternoon yet, there is still time. Sunday openings continue through the month of May. The pilot project has demonstrated that … more
To the editor: Now is not the time to remain neutral. It is not a time for stillness nor silence. The common "I don't talk politics" sentiment can no longer be tolerated in our current … more
To the editor: On Thursday, April 5, Barrington High School had a regularly scheduled advisory period in which groups of 20 students met with their assigned teachers to discuss school related … 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.