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Talking Politics   Editor’s note: This column was filed prior to Tuesday’s Primary Election.   STORY OF THE WEEK: The top questions heading into Rhode Island’s … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Televised debates on WPRI and WJAR last week offered a window into the state of the Democratic primaries for governor and the 2 nd Congressional District. Rivals tried piling on … more
On Labor Day we honor the achievements of America’s workers, and in 2022 we have a historic victory to celebrate. Our nation’s working people have come all the way back from the depths of … more
We all have made mistakes and, likely, have been the recipients of the grace of someone else to be able to look past them, or forgive them. more
STORY OF THE WEEK: With less than three weeks until Rhode Island’s Sept. 13 primary, the five-way Democratic race for governor took a curious turn. Nellie Gorbea’s campaign aired an ad … more
If a nationally prominent member of a political party comes to Rhode Island to support a particular candidate, the standard course would be for that candidate to shout about it from the rooftops. But … more
Although grief is a universal experience, how it impacts each of us is incredibly personal and unique. It has been described as “where love used to be.” It is the response and the impact … more
A wonderfully scenic, and generally gentle ride, the Path provides a (mostly) safe place for bicyclists as an alternative to increasingly dangerous surface roads. Unfortunately, there is trouble in paradise... more
Rhode Island Republicans may not win a lot of issues, but one thing has stood out for the Party, i.e. it has always promoted women for higher office. Starting in the 1980s, multiple women ran for … more
The soccer stadium at Tidewater Landing is variously described as a game-changer that will spark an economic resurgence in Pawtucket or a boondoggle that will be a historic debacle for taxpayers. … more
I read with interest the recent Post article  on the upcoming replacement of the Hunts Mills Bridge. Because we will all be experiencing some inconvenience during its period of closure, I … more
On the surface, a new Morning Consult finding showing Gov. Dan McKee as the lowest-ranked governor in the nation (with a 38% approval rating) doesn’t reflect well on the incumbent. But if McKee … more
On the surface, a new Morning Consult finding showing Gov. Dan McKee as the lowest-ranked governor in the nation (with a 38% approval rating) doesn’t reflect well on the incumbent. But if McKee … more
Warren’s trees got plenty of water this spring, thanks to all the rain. But lately, we have had very little rain, and with July temperatures, trees are transpiring more in the heat. When it … more
This legislative year the Rhode Island General Assembly agreed to allow the issuance of driver’s permits/licenses for undocumented immigrants who can prove they have income and income tax … more
I've never been much for parades or overt patriotism, but then I went to my first Bristol 4th of July Celebration. more
The notes below are taken from the historical record and continue from a previous article detailing the history of the Acoaxet Chapel in Westport, MA. They are being presented as the Acoaxet Free … more
If there are more than 53 million family caregivers in the U.S., we all know someone doing this challenging and compassionate work, and they need our support. It is work, requiring physical and … more
The sweeping ability of the U.S. Supreme Court to reshape American life – and the power of justices with lifetime appointments -- used to be a quiet topic for the inside baseball of political … more
  The Supreme Court’s ruling today, which overturned  Roe v. Wade , is nothing less than a shameful, sweeping, … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH).   The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and projects, public health … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Failure is an orphan, and victory has many fathers, as the saying goes. That helps explain why Gov. Dan McKee gathered with House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate President … more
The Rhode Island General Assembly has a singular opportunity in this session to end years of chaos and confusion regarding where Rhode Islanders can exercise their constitutionally-protected rights … more
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is the key battleground for contentious legislation in Rhode Island. So what happens when the majority of support on the committee for gun … more
As I watched our middle school students and teachers perform beautifully at the Spring Band concert yesterday evening, I have to admit that I was profoundly distracted; distracted … 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.