Brainwashed to Buy

Brainwashed to Buy

By now I’m sure everyone has torn open their gifts and are watching television before preparing today’s Christmas meal. And that includes many of my non-Christian friends who now celebrate the holiday. That’s quite a change from when I was a kid and it was a religious holiday, celebrated by Christians in a solemn and […]

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Teenage Testosterone And The Blizzard of ’78

We all have those, “Where were you?” moments in our lives. Now, on the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978 those of us who lived through it get to reminisce and have a laugh, a cry or just relive a moment from a simpler time when we all pulled together at a very difficult […]

End of Year Awards

End of Year Awards

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s natural for this to be a time of reflection. This was a busy year in the Biggest Little State in the Union, much was done and undone and that calls for awards being handed out to those who made a difference, whether they be heroes or villains. So, […]

Reflection and Thanksgiving

Reflection and Thanksgiving

At this time of year it’s only natural to stop, look back and assess the recent past and give thanks for all the positive things in our lives. Since I get to post here regularly as a contributor, I’d like to say thank you to Bob Plain for giving me a forum. A lot of […]

Why unions matter

Why Unions Matter

  I just had to share this gem I found. This was a high school project by Jennifer Huang, a student in Canada. She nails it on the head and does so interestingly and with a sense of humor. If I was her teacher, she’d get an “A”!

Chris Herren in his Celtics playing days. (Photo from the Boston Herald)

Chris Herren Talks About Substance Abuse Saturday

Former NBA player, Chris Herron, will be the guest speaker this Saturday (7/21) as Rhode Island Sports Heroes holds their annual Summer Outing Event at Camp Westwood in Coventry from 9 am-3:30 pm. More than 160 kids from various nonprofit groups throughout the state, including Big Sisters/Big Brothers, Seven Hills, Ocean Tides, Youth Rap, Adoption RI, […]

Shred-it at City Hall?  Is Buddy back?

Is There Something to Hide in Providence City Hall?

I just thought how funny this looked while walking downtown yesterday for lunch. A “Shred-It” truck parked next to Providence City Hall. However, it doesn’t frighten me as much now that Mayor Taveras is in office as it would have if Buddy Cianci still occupied the mayor’s office.    

Leadership Lacking in West Warwick

Leadership Lacking in West Warwick

Arriving at West Warwick High School 40 minutes early on June 5, I was able to see the lions and tigers and bears growling and gnashing their teeth; and  the clowns practicing their buffoonery at the three ring circus that was the West Warwick Town Council meeting. Part of the buffoonery being several supporters of […]

Netroots Guide for Providence, RI

Netroots Guide for Providence, RI

“Get your head outta your ass!” I’m not telling you to do that, but I can guarantee at least a few Netizens in town for  Netroots Nation 2012 will hear that shouted at them during the time they’re in Providence. This is especially true when driving. Providence has some of the most aggressive drivers on […]

Woonsocket: How Tax Equity Can Reduce Burden

Woonsocket: How Tax Equity Can Reduce Burden

There’s no debate about it, Woonsocket, and many other distressed communities, are in trouble. However, while the residents wait for the General Assembly to vote on whether they can issue a supplemental tax bill, there are other measures on the calendar on Smith Hill that could also help the city’s already maxed-out  taxpayers. Tonight (Monday, […]

South Kingstown: Where Politics Trumps Priorities

South Kingstown: Where Politics Trumps Priorities

“I couldn’t ask for a better budget,” said South Kingstown Town Council President Ella Whaley. “We are blessed to live here in South Kingstown.” My question to Ms. Whaley, a former educator, would be: Do you think the three special ed teachers just terminated by the school committee feel blessed? How about the students, and […]

Nine years; it seems like yesterday – The Station Fire

Before I even start writing, I want to apologize in advance for anyone I may offend or hurt. This is a deeply personal issue for many of us and of the thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of people who have a direct connection, no two of us may see it the same way. Therefore, the […]

Providence Newspaper Guild Follies

This is it, nitty-gritty time. If you want to see Rhode Island’s funniest comedy show of the year, you need to call for tickets or go online this week. For the uninitiated, The Providence Newspaper Guild has been skewering local politicians and newsmakers for 39 years now; and the best part is they’re in the […]