By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Anita Baffoni, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Convention Center, Providence Journal, RINPR, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 13, 2016
Because Invenergy “has either refused or is unable to provide timely information regarding its proposed water supply… its Application should… be dismissed” writes Attorney Michael McElroy, representing the Town of Burrillville, in a motion filed with the Energy Facilities Siting Board today.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Burrillville Planning Board, Burrillville Zoning Board, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Michael McElroy, Pascoag Utility District, Providence Journal | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2016
On the day the RI Senate Finance committee passed the legislation that would establish the Energy Facilities Siting Board, Robert L Bendick Jr, director of the RI DEM asked, “I just wonder what’s going on here. What’s the driving force behind this?”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged avid R Carlin Jr, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, Donald R Hickey, Edward F Burke, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, J Joseph Garahy, Jerry Elmer, Narragansett Electric, national grid, Ocean State Power Plant, Office of Energy Assistance, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Robert L Bendick Jr, Victoria Lederberg, Ward Pimley, William C O'Neill | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2016
In the end, of course, they voted the bill down. It was such an unusual circumstance that Chairman Michael McCaffrey couldn’t quite get his head around how it was supposed to work.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Debbie Krieg, Dominick Ruggerio, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Invenergy, Leo Raptakis, Michael J. McCaffrey, Nick Katkevich, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Paul Fogarty, Providence Journal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Stephen Archambault, Warwick Mall Trust v State of Rhode Island, william conley | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
John Niland, director of development for Invenergy, knowingly mislead both the public and the EFSB, the board tasked with deciding the fate of the proposal, at a public hearing in Burrillville, says the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF).
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged Christopher Stix, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA 10, Invenergy, ISO NE, John Niland, PA Consulting Group, projo, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Robert Fagan, Ryan Hardy, SENE zone, Synapse Energy Economics | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2016
The Burrillville Town Council opposes legislation moving through the State House that would give local residents greater say on the tax agreement between the town and the proposed fracked gas power plant. “The ill-conceived legislation before the General Assembly that purports to give residents a voice in the matter – in fact does the opposite,” said […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, David Place, dyana Koelsch, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Ian Donnis, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Laurie White, Matt Jerzyk, Michael Sabitoni, Paul Fogarty, Providence Journal, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Future | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 25, 2016
In many ways, the commentary on the ProJo site is the worst thing about the once great newspaper. I’d think twice about drawing attention to it if I were the paper’s editor.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Amanda Milkovits, caleb chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Providence Journal | 1 Response
By Lauren Niedel on March 16, 2016
If you follow the Journal you would think that Trump was the only candidate that was going to be on the ballot in this state.
By Nicholas Delmenico on March 7, 2016
The media blackout on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is real, and it’s happening with our home state newspaper. Please read further for the gruesome details. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Democratic caucuses by voting margins of 35% in Kansas and 14% in Nebraska. He also lost by a margin of 48% in the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2016
Is disinformation masquerading as science contributing to the healthy “discussion of major matters of public interest,” as ProJo editor Ed Achorn seems to be claiming? Is it “totalitarian” to demand something akin to the truth and honesty – even in a ProJo op/ed?
By Stephen Shenfield on January 27, 2016
It is especially difficult to ensure that force is not used against those incapable of speaking for themselves. What methods will be used to give them a choice? Generally speaking, people with severe developmental disabilities, provided that they are not being abused, show a strong desire to stick to familiar routines and remain in a familiar environment. Change upsets them.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BHDDH, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, Jennifer Bogdan, Maria Montanaro, Providence Journal | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Adam J. Sholes, Devon Letourneau, first amendment, Five-Percent Nation, freedom of conscience, Providence Journal, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Robert Vangel | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on November 29, 2015
Following the terrorist actions of an anti-choice militant in Colorado on November 27, 2015, I feel compelled to offer a few reflections on this notion of ‘the sanctity of life’ and why I invoke my Bishop Hendricken High School alumnus status when I contact my congressional representatives in Washington regarding choice issues. It is worth […]
Posted in reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged Abortion, Bishop Hendricken High School, Bishop Tobin, Edward Achorn, Gina Raimondo, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Journal, stand with planned parenthood, Steve Ahlquist | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2015
“This is just as if a commando came onto the set of Saturday Night Live and killed Amy Poehler and people like that,” said Dominique Gregoire, president of the Alliance Française de Providence, RI.
Posted in Activism, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged Alliance Française de Providence, charlie hebdo, Dominique Gregoire, france, Peace, Providence Journal | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 23, 2014
I was a just journalism student at URI when the Providence Journal was sold to Belo in 1997. Linda Levin was the best professor we had, and her schtick was regaling us with stories of her and her husband Len Levin’s glory days in the ProJo newsroom. She was outwardly devastated. I was made to understand […]
By Bob Plain on June 3, 2014
When Governor Chafee criticized Providence Journal editorial page editor Ed Achorn in an op/ed he submitted to the Providence Journal, the critique was edited out of the submission. As a result, Chafee released an “unedited” version of his piece this morning. Removed from the piece that ran in the Providence Journal was the governor’s lede: […]
By Mark Binder on May 16, 2014
Last week I wrote an op-ed in response to Mike Stenhouse’s op-ed Left won’t defend failed RI Policies lambasting Tom Sgouros and Sam Bell . My first draft went to the Providence Journal, but the conversation with the editor didn’t go well for a variety of reasons. Next I sent it to GoLocalProv with the […]