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Nursing home residents are the major victims of the COVID pandemic. Nothing has highlighted the inadequacy of the nursing home system in Rhode Island and nationally then this epidemic. Some hope is … more
Chances are that most top RI democrats were critical of ex-president Donald Trump‘s repudiation of science when it came to fighting COVID. Governor Gina Raimondo often referenced science as the … more
Very little is certain about fundamental change with the advent of Joseph Biden’s presidency. Just about the only prediction is that he will face substantial obstacles. Sweeping reforms may be … more
As former president Donald Trump exits the White House he leaves behind a legacy of polarization fanned by his inflammatory rhetoric. Economic inequality has never been greater as the tax laws and … more
No matter whatever way you want to slice or dice it, the attack on the Capitol was an attempted coup encouraged by President Donald Trump and his minion, Rudy Giuliani. Look at the rhetoric by Mr. … more
This is the time when new year resolutions abound. I certainly have a few of my own as well as some suggestions for political leaders. Here they are:For me: Perennially, I resolve to follow my … more
Definition: Person of the Year is a person…who, for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year. -TIME magazineIn applying this definition to a Rhode … more
December is a time of celebration whether our cultural heritage has us rejoicing in Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Each uses light as a reminder of those, past and present, who have enriched our … more
By Arlene Violet Does the good outweigh the bad in 2020? Were someone to ask what events do I remember about 1980, 1990 or 2000 — even 2010 — I’d have to wrack my … more
As the pandemic pummels the population, particularly in the United States, including Rhode Island, far too many folks have surrendered to pandemic fatigue. Governor Gina Raimondo has imposed 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.