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 | 5 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 […]
By Herb Weiss on March 14, 2014
As my co-editor, Rhode Island College (RIC) President Nancy Carriuolo will tell you that the late Richard Walton clearly understood the power of the emerging Internet and the power social media would wield in our daily lives. The beloved social activist and educator who put tireless energy and effort into supporting many worthy causes began […]
Posted in Featured, People | Tagged amos house, Brown University, Chicago Tribune, Columbia University School of Journalism, Cosmopolitan, e-book, Encyclopedia Britannica, green party, Hank Greenberg, Lion's head, New York, New York World Telegram, Newsday, Playboy, Providence Journal, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, RIC Foundation, Saratoga Springs, Stone Soup Coffeehouse, The George Wiley Center, the nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Selected E-Mail Correspondences of Richard Walton, The Sun, The Washington Post, Village Voice, Voice of America, WICE Radio | 1 Response
By Samuel G. Howard on April 26, 2013
“Rhode Island Most Miserable State” said numerous articles, as Gallup released its latest polling for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index on stress levels and enjoyment in various states. The problem with the headline is that it misrepresented the data Gallup provided, which can be seen here. Sadly, The Providence Journal mistakenly reported that Rhode Island was […]
By Bob Plain on November 8, 2012
The big local story of the day will be neither the 2012 election or the Son of Sandy, as the Providence Journal cleverly called it this morning … rather it will be the employees of said newspaper who lost their jobs yesterday. I hear 26 people were let go – 16 union and 10 non-union […]
By Samuel G. Howard on August 29, 2012
This debate was a pissing-match. But not between the candidates. Rather, their supporters, gathered together in a room, attempted to dominate one another by shouting out “liar” when either candidate spoke, booing, chanting their candidate’s name, etc. For those sitting in the room trying to listen, it made for an unpleasant evening trying to hear […]