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By Mayor Bob DaSilva The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. Offshore wind energy is a rapidly growing industry and Rhode … more
Why is it that some educational leaders seem hell-bent on casting such a noble profession in such a poor light? First, we had the spectacle of the union honchos in the National Education Association … more
With all the hullabaloo surrounding the recent influx of immigrants at the southern border, I thank my lucky stars that I was born here. Guatemala and Honduras, from where many immigrants have … more
It is not surprising that attacks on Asian-Americans have escalated during the last 4 years. The steady cacophony of racist epithets emanating from the former president of the United States and some … more
As I listened to the President’s address on March 11, I was at first struck by the very few “I”s in the speech. Unlike his predecessor whose speeches were never-ending … more
By Bob Rulli After an unintentional hiatus, I am happy to report that I will be continuing my Around Town submissions every two weeks moving forward. If there are questions you would like … more
Congressional Republicans are objecting to the $1.9 trillion legislation being pushed by the president and the Democrats to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic fallout. They … more
Let’s cut to the bottom line. First responders, i.e. doctors, nurses, and CNAs were the first to be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine because they were the most likely to come in contact … more
Before any General Officer addressed the chaotic sign-up for the  COVID-19 vaccine, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner was advocating for a centralized registration process and coordination. Two … more
In the space of one week, changes in the RI political landscape have been breathtaking. Regrettably, far too often what made the public gasp was the sheer audacity of the actions taken by 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.