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Legislation before the Rhode Island General Assembly would take a swipe at both newspapers and transparency in government — two things that are intrinsically linked. House Bill 6375 and Senate … more
To the editor: Oh, the sandy parking lot is still there, full of the usual potholes, but it drops off abruptly into a retaining wall of stone and boulders on the ocean side. The sea washes right … more
To the editor: I read Marguerite Rizzi’s letter in the Sakonnet Times print edition of May 27, and feel compelled to respond to inaccuracies included that could negatively influence … more
Beverage tax not what businesses need now To the editor: Is now a good time to be raising taxes?  Definitely not. Right now, the General Assembly is considering a beverage tax that will … more
More than 600 Rhode Island students from grades 7 to 12 were featured in the 2021 RIMEA (Rhode Island Music Education Association) All-State Music Festival Concert, premiering on YouTube on May 2, … more
To the editor: After 15 months of shifting and adapting, this Small Business Month I’m reminded of important lessons I’ve learned as a Tiverton business owner that apply far beyond our … more
To justify enabling a towering eyesore in the midst of a historic district, granting wild deviations from town zoning, and infuriating most everybody who lives there, a project would need to be … more
As Covid vaccine clinics steamroll their way into our public schools, parents are left wondering how we have been removed from the process entirely.  The Dept. of Health recently declared … more
To the editor: Well, it’s not exactly the May we had hoped for, being a little too cool and gray for my taste, but at least we didn’t have two heavy frosts as we did in 1999. Despite … more
To the editor: Equality for whom? We were the parents many years ago of a two-pound premature infant daughter. After some weeks of early struggle, our fighter emerged into adulthood as a strong, … more
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Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.