By Bob Plain on August 6, 2017
A feature on page A1 of today’s Providence Journal shows Rhode Island’s largest media organization is subtly moving away from local, unbiased reporting toward generic corporate propaganda posing as neutral news coverage. The Inside Sources story appears to be a news article about cannabis cultivation and energy use. But the ProJo’s new content partner is […]
By Michael J Simpson on March 1, 2017
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has been using taxpayer money to lobby local municipalities into accepting template legislation to prohibit cannabis use.
Posted in Bristol, Chariho, Featured, Johnston, Middletown, Narragansett, News, Portsmouth, South Kingstown, Tiverton, West Greenwich | Tagged apra, ccess to Public Records Act, Joee Lindbeck, Middletown Planning Board, Peter Kilmartin, politifact, Providence Journal, Regulate Middletown, Regulate Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By transportprovidence on January 17, 2017
Raimondo deserves a modest nod for choosing not to completely eliminate car taxes, a regressive plan that for some reason many progressives think would help economic justice.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, block island, car tax, carbon tax, David Norton, Donald Carcieri, earned income tax credit, EITC, Fair Shot Agenda, Gina Raimondo, kennedy plaza, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Providence, Providence Journal, RIPTA | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 28, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s style of addressing the nation, through often baseless and sometimes fully false Twitter rants, poses a unique challenge to journalism, which is unofficially charged with educating America about public affairs. This morning the Providence Journal didn’t quite rise to this unique, new challenge. Here’s what happened. Trump, probably angry that an election […]
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, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin | 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, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Journal, 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, Corporate Greed, Energy, 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, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Jerry Elmer, national grid, Ocean State Power Plant, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Victoria Lederberg | 1 Response
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, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Energy, 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, Michael J. McCaffrey, Nick Katkevich, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Paul Fogarty, Providence Journal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Stephen Archambault, william conley | 2 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, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged Christopher Stix, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA 10, Invenergy, ISO NE, John Niland, projo, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Robert Fagan, Ryan Hardy | 1 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 Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, 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.”
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, 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.
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 Rights, Women | Tagged Abortion, 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