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“It’s on my bucket list.” “Bucket list” wasn’t what I had expected to hear from the oldest of three Asian women I was sharing a bench with. I guessed they were Cambodian. They were … more
Carol’s voice was filled with anxiety. She was breathless. “He’s gone.” She didn’t need to say anything more. Ollie was on the loose in the neighborhood. She gave me the details. … more
STATE’S SALES TAX POSITION DOESN’T MAKE SENSE: The R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a public policy think tank, has projected the financial effects of eliminating the state sales tax. It … more
This has got to be a first – a dog that ruptures plumbing causing the instant loss of water pressure and sending a geyser shooting from the side of the house, which threatens to erode a section of … more
My kids said it was time to “graduate” to a smart phone, although if its battery hadn’t died, I would probably still be a member of the flip-phone generation. The flip filled the basics and … more
The smallest adjustment can have dramatic outcomes. Surely someone has said it much better than that. But the lesson is simple as understood by mariners when setting a course before the days of … more
A CODE OF ETHICS THAT’S NOT: When Rhode Island enacted a Code of Ethics in 1992, one of its key provisions was a “revolving door” prohibition that was intended to keep state elected and … more
I’ve always been fascinated by fireworks but never understood the obsession some people have with them. Don’t misunderstand me. I suppose like most kids, our hometown Fourth of July fireworks … more
IS THE U.S. EXCEPTIONAL? President Obama, in his address to the nation last week on the Syrian chemical weapons issue, told us that our foreign policies - to include the willingness to use military … more
FERRI PRODUCES A GOOD PLAN: State Representative Frank Ferri, the Warwick Democrat who is running for lieutenant governor but has flown mostly under the radar since announcing his intention to run, … more
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