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While I oppose some Congressional Republicans’ posture on certain issues, they were prescient about one thing, i.e. the unintended consequences of extending and paying unemployment benefits … more
A high school classmate, Lynn Allienello, passed away recently at age 59. I didn’t know her well during school days, nor in the years since, yet I feel profound heartbreak over her loss. At … more
Article III, section 7 - Ethical ConductThe people of the State of Rhode Island believe that public officials and employees must adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct, respect the public … more
The Rhode Island House of Representatives just passed “The Civics Literacy Act”, which would require a high school student to demonstrate proficiency in civics education before high … more
By Fred MassieDuring the past year’s enforced isolation, I had and have the good fortune to kayak throughout the seasons in the local waters surrounding Touisset Point. Moving from board shorts … more
Several bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly to add a new top state personal income tax bracket, thereby threatening to impose a higher tax burden on business, and … more
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
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