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Future Was

Future Was

Technology, full speed ahead “Embrace the future” they all said Faster cars and wider screens No-iron shirts, oven self-cleans SmartPhones put us all in touch Letter writing? Not so much But then progress reached its peak Losing jobs week after week Robots on the assembly line One laptop replaces nine We thought tomorrow was our [...]

Pension Lawsuit Primer

Pension Lawsuit Primer

On Friday, the long-anticipated lawsuits against the 2011 Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (the pension changes passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed by Governor Chafee last fall) were filed on behalf of those impacted by the changes. We believe that the State of Rhode Island has a legal and a moral obligation [...]

Layoffs Could Cause Crisis for Unemployed Rhode Islanders

Layoffs Could Cause Crisis for Unemployed Rhode Islanders

Recently, the DLT has been informed of an unprecedented reduction in workforce. Up to sixty-nine employees are scheduled to lose their jobs on July 28th, 70 percent of these are to come from the Unemployment Insurance sector. The irony of going from working to serve unemployed citizens in their time of need, to being one [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

RI Progress Report: Hinckley Retraction, ‘Devout’ RI, Romney’s Problems and More…

RI Progress Report: Hinckley Retraction, ‘Devout’ RI, Romney’s Problems and More…

Paula Hodges curates the local news, and provides links to all the recent stories relevant to Rhode Island progressives, so you don’t have to… Hinckley retracts criticism of Whitehouse bill By JOHN E. MULLIGAN JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON — After charging that a tax proposal by U.S. Sen. Sheldon White-house would force municipalities to raise [...]

More Local Action Toward Justice for Trayvon Martin

More Local Action Toward Justice for Trayvon Martin

The perplexing “missteps” by the Sanford police in the handling of the Trayvon Martin killing are adding up at an alarming rate. We recall that a narcotics detective, and not a homicide detective, was first to assess the scene and engage Zimmerman, or that the lead investigator, Chris Serino, had called for the arrest of [...]