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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
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
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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.