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On Jan. 28, 2014, President Barack Obama gave his 2014 State of the Union (SOTU), a whopping 6,778-word speech, calling on both Chambers of Congress to either work with him to move the country … more
I have to be completely honest about this: if I can avoid it, I don’t want to be a Rhode Islander when I die. I was born here, have lived here pretty much all of my life, and operate a sizeable … more
Here in the Ocean State, carbon pollution from fossil fuels – mostly from out-of-state sources – is fundamentally affecting the air we breathe, the waters off our shores, and even our … more
CHAFEE TO DO A TURN-ABOUT: It’s hard to believe, but Governor Chafee is going to start focusing on “the issues that Rhode Islanders care about.” That’s right. That’s what he said during … more
I feel and share the anguish and outrage of the community over the injustice of George Zimmerman being found not guilty of the killing of Trayvon Martin. This fiasco was racial profiling at its … more
IS OUR SALES TAX TOO NARROW? The Providence Journal’s PolitiFact column published some astonishing figures. In 2011, the most recent year with total statistics available, Rhode Islanders’ total … more
In a commentary published recently in this and other newspapers, Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, “told the truth” about high-stakes testing … more
Is there a nexus between poor school achievement, runaway health care costs, and street crime? If yes, is there the possibility of addressing all three through one intervention? There may just be. … more
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” - Confucius After the government shutdown, … more
For some time now there has been great criticism of laws passed in some states (Rhode Island among them) requiring voters to produce photo IDs at the time of voting; criticism too of laws aimed at … more
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