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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
As a gun owner, veteran, and a former Naval War College instructor, I agree the Founding Fathers saw the value in an armed citizenry. However, we need to take into account vast changes in the world … more
To the editor: We are writing to you with our concerns about the removal of dedicated honors classes at the high school. Please stop the removal immediately and reinstate the honors classes that … more
In the March 4 Phoenix, State Rep. Susan Donovan and Kelly Nevins (who?) urged us to leap for the nearest phone and ask our legislators to support the Fair Pay Act. I cannot find a bill on the … more
To the editor: The United States of America began with ideas and words, very important ideas and very compelling words. Men and women were willing to take the risk of leaving behind their … more
To the editor: Sometimes things work – and sometimes they don’t. The new feeder holding 20 pounds of black oil seed is a huge success and we have had to refill it. Of course there has … more
To the editor: Wake up, Tiverton voters, you no longer have the power to determine whether casino gaming revenue should be placed in restricted accounts.  The threat of COVID, even as … more
To the editor:   People have always loved feeding ducks and waterfowl, and bringing children to local ponds and beaches to feed the ducks is a time honored tradition, but it is harmful … more
To the editor: Over the past few years, students taking conceptual classes at BHS have seen their academic choices disappear and instead merged into general level courses. Parents have expressed … more
To the editor: Last week, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) fired 13 Teachers for the Visually Impaired (TVI) at the Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College. We are thankful for … 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.