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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
WARWICK COUNCILMAN’S POOR JUDGMENT: It looks like Warwick Councilman Charles J. Donovan has been able to avoid the felony weapons charge that was originally applied along with his arrest for drunk … 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
“JUDGES?  WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING JUDGES!”:  After the Justice Department’s debacle when it secretly searched reporters’ records without seeking an impartial judge’s approval, 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
THE BIG PROBLEM WITH FLOOD INSURANCE: It’s wonderful living on or near the water in Rhode Island where the Bay’s and Rhode Island Sound’s beauty and serenity are virtually palpable. … more
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