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Greetings, Rhode Island! Allow me to officially introduce myself. I am the new associate editor at the Beacon, Ethan Hartley. more
In the 17th century “Italian Commedia” a clown character well known for alternating acts of boastfulness and cowardice is called “Scaramuccia” or “little skirmisher.” more
All presidents face a different set of circumstances upon entering office. Some must endure immediate crisis and some face relative peace and normalcy. No matter what personal narrative a new president has experienced, he or she will be honed by the more
By JOHN HOWELL Nineteen World War II veterans and another 29 from the Korean War were welcomed home for a second time Saturday. This time people they don't know were cheering, waving flags and running up to shake their hands, take their picture and thank more
As a child growing up in the sixties and early seventies, the political affiliation of a voter had great significance. If someone said they were a Democrat or a Republican an observer would have certain presumptions about where their loyalties and more
You won't find the Lake Monster Special playing locally or, for that matter, the trailer on the Internet. So I felt privileged to see a segment of the show last weekend featuring actors I immediately recognized as my grandchildren. What I saw had the more
The thought occurred to me as I stood on the roof during a break in Saturday's showers and reached to clear the gutters that were still spilling over. What could go wrong? The soles to my shoes are ribbed. I had good footing. The roof has a modest pitch. more
Some people make you wonder, What could they be thinking?" That thought crossed my mind Sunday as I spotted a man in short sleeves behind the wheel of a lawn tractor. He was into it. The tractor kicked up a trail of dust as it rumbled across a yard" more
Simple, or so I imagined. Addressing leaky faucets was a skill my father taught me at an early age. It wasn't that he set out to teach me but it was a lesson I learned from watching him. It started with a trip to the cellar to retrieve a gunmetal gray more
Since the administration of our 33rd President Harry S. Truman, presidents have tried to address or avoid the question of providing health care for our citizens. The debate on whether a benevolent society should provide a minimum standard of care for more
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