By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
If the protesters in Tuesday night’s Ferguson March in Providence hadn’t marched out onto the highway and blocked traffic, the most confrontational and controversial action of the evening would have been the burning of an American Flag in front of the Providence Public Safety Complex.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
Non-theistic people are your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We may not believe in a deity or the supernatural, but we are compassionate, ethical members of this community.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2014
Mayor Elorza needs to be reminded that campaign promises are obligations to make a good faith effort towards delivering on his rhetoric. In large part, Elorza won his campaign because a majority of Providence citizens saw him as “better than Cianci.” That’s a low bar, and one would hope that Elorza aims a lot higher than than.
Posted in Campaign 2014, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, fight for 15, jorge elorza, minimum wage, nbc 10 news conference | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 5, 2014
The night was not without suspense. There was a collective sigh of relief when channels 10 and 12 called the Providence mayoral race for Jorge Elorza, preventing the embarrassment and inevitable scandals of a third Cianci administration (for the next four years anyway, will a 77 year old Buddy try again in 2018?)
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2014
Speakers spoke movingly of having lost friends, families and classmates to this terrible disease that has now claimed over 5000 victims.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2014
Mike Stenhouse and Bishop Tobin pinky swear to avoid “thorny cultural issues” in the event of a Constitutional Convention. Can we take them at their word?
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, corporate greed, LGBT, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Civil Rights / Liberties, concon, human rights, jim vincent, justin katz, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, RIconcon, steve brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 26, 2014
Wearing a gas mask, Yacoob picked up a discharged container of tear gas that had been launched at protesters by police. The gas was labeled, “Not to be used against civilian crowds” and “not to be used after the expiration date.” The police had violated the instructions on both labels.
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
A poll release by the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity does not show voter support for a Con-Con. If anything, what little has been released from the poll demonstrates the opposite.
By Mark Binder on October 10, 2014
My first paying job as a journalist was at the Providence Phoenix. It was the NewPaper at the time, and I happened to walk into their offices a few days after they’d been bought out by the Boston Phoenix. My first newspaper lesson: timing is crucial. I’d been living in Providence for about a year and one of my first […]
By Steven Brown on October 9, 2014
Rhode Islanders no longer need to worry about facing prison for exercising their free speech rights now that an outdated law that banned the distribution of anonymous political literature has been ruled unconstitutional. Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith on Tuesday struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate […]
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By Bob Houghtaling on March 3, 2014
The recent spike in overdose deaths caused by heroin has captured the attention of parents, health professionals, law enforcement, many in politics and the media. Already, significant efforts are being made to create awareness, intervene (by dispensing Narcan) and the crafting of legislation. Despite the fact that these efforts are laudable and necessary they still […]
By Peet Nourjian on January 5, 2013
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 […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on November 5, 2012
This endorsement is one of the most difficult to make because, based on this author’s personal, professional and procedural experiences with Speaker Fox, he is unlikeable on all counts. In the spirit of full disclosure, when a written appeal for help on a personal level as well as a statewide plea for any continuing aid, […]
By Dave Fisher on November 3, 2012
“It’s hard to spoil something that is already spoiled” Abel Collins uttered these words on a recent edition of RIPR’s Political Roundtable, and they ring truer today than at any other time in our history. The “spoiler” argument by the lever-voting Democrats in Rhode Island is patently false, and this is an attempt to disabuse […]
By Thom Cahir on August 29, 2012
The Cicilline-Gemma debate at Rhode Island College wasn’t the only question and answer session for candidates on Tuesday. In Woonsocket, constituents were invited to attend a candidate forum hosted by MyWoonsocket.com and WNRI radio to meet the candidates for General Assembly seats in the city. Radio host Roger Bouchard moderated while local reporters Sandy Phaneuf […]
By Bob Plain on August 2, 2012
Homer Simpson, in his infinite wisdom, once famously declared alcohol “the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” The same might be said of anonymous comments on blogs: the potential solution to, but often instead the cause of, all of digital journalism’s issues. Both alcohol and anonymous comments are superfluous to a healthy […]
By Thom Cahir on July 3, 2012
So, if you still have doubts that the ProJo editorial board is the tail wagging the newsroom’s dog; those fears should be laid to rest after the Newspaper Spin Cycle of record’s coverage of the Brendan Doherty event at Metacomet Country Club in East Providence. Journal scribe Phil Marcelo, covered all the political details about […]
By Bob Walsh on June 26, 2012
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 […]
By Jonathan Jacobs on June 18, 2012
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 […]