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To the editor: So I read that the court ruled against the second petition for the Financial Town Referendum and it will not appear on the ballot. There will be an election May 20 and people should … more
To the editor: As the budget season ends, we would like to make note of two important events: the Budget Committee (BC), under the chairmanship of Cecil Leonard recommended a minimal tax levy … more
To the editor: I have lived in Little Compton for over 30 years. I’m quite far from Sakonnet Vineyard, I have never been inconvenienced by their commercial concert or event business. Yet despite … more
To the editor: I enjoyed the recent letter that outlined the history of the establishment of Barrington. While it is true that RI didn't exist in 1717, and that Barrington RI came into being in … more
To the editor: As a mom, I have learned a wonderful skill over the years as I have raised my two boys! Look busy, but listen intently to their conversations. (I am usually cooking while … more
To the editor: Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” and the “basket of the privileged” are on a collision course of disaster for the rest of us. Both seem to have no … more
To the editor:Our town officials are still blind to the law that requires ADA issues, I addressed months back to what in my opinion was a waste of tax dollars, when the town completed repairs to Cole … more
To the editor: These are tough times for reproductive justice.  With the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, the United States Supreme Court is potentially just one justice away from being in … more
To the editor: Once again our town uncomfortably mimics the dysfunctional national stage.  If an agreed funding formula wasn’t found in Washington, the government would have shut … more
To the editor: I recently returned from an orphanage for extremely challenged children at a Mustard Seed community, Blessed Assurance, in Jamaica.  I was privileged to be included in a … 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.