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Wednesday, July 12

Elected leaders love to talk about how they stand up for the "little people" at all costs, particularly the vulnerable and poor, but do they really mean it?

On June 28, Gov. Gina Raimondo sent out a mass email denouncing Trumpcare, calling it "immoral" and saying it would bring "disastrous ramifications" for "Rhode Island residents at risk of losing health care coverage." The use of the word immoral got me to wondering about Raimondo's thoughts on the Community College of Rhode Island...


Thursday, April 6

I think sometimes I'm so engrossed in the day-to-day work of finding stories and writing them that I fail to truly appreciate the final product. Though I hear often from people who love The Breeze papers, I'm not always sure if they're being 100 percent honest in their praise.

That's why it's nice sometimes to hear from peers in the industry that they think we're doing a good job. This week we learned that we have eight wins in the upcoming Rhode Island Press Association editorial...


Tuesday, March 14

The only thing that frustrates me more than the flippant use of the term "fake news" is watching people who post regular lies on social media use it about others. How many times have you seen someone post a story from five years ago as if it's new? Or post a meme with no basis in reality just to make their point, not even bothering to verify for accuracy? Yet those same people seem to be the first ones screaming about the "fake" mainstream media.

And many times it's not just posting...


Wednesday, February 15

Life before parenthood was fairly predictable. Life since our first son was born has been anything but. My wife and I have learned firsthand that children say and do the most inexplicable things.

I thought you might enjoy some of these phrases we never thought we'd have to say to our children:

• Never, never lick the toilet brush.

• You shouldn't put hot pizza on your face.

• Do not put brussels sprouts in your ear.

• Keep your mouth off the library...


Saturday, January 21

Much of the discussion since my story about the Pawtucket Red Sox looking at the Apex property for a possible new stadium has revolved around an alleged dearth of attractions in the city and its downtown. I'm pretty sure many of the comments are being made by people who haven't been in Pawtucket in 10 or 20 years, but there have also been a number of...


Tuesday, December 27

Did you know that 48 percent of parents plan to count down the last 10 seconds of 2016 with their children at 9 p.m.? Or that 30 percent of Americans fall asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve? Or how about that 20 percent of all charitable contributions are made in the last 48 hours of the year?

WalletHub is out with a great new infographic showing some fun facts related to the New Year's holiday. Did...


Saturday, December 3

One of my favorite activities is to ask simple questions in response to people's crazy assertions on Facebook. Usually it goes something like one of these: Do you have any examples? What story are you referring to? Where did you hear that? Nothing accusatory, just the basics.

The responses are often hilarious and ridiculous, proving again and again that we're living in a world where facts are things to be sniffed at. A New Yorker Cartoon had it right. "I'm sorry, Jeannie, your answer...


Thursday, November 24

As you prepare to shop until you drop, we hope you'll check out The Breeze Holiday Gift Guide to see what local businesses are offering this holiday season. Just click the arrow to read right through. You supporting our advertisers makes it possible to put out this great paper each week.

Monday, November 21

Heading into work this morning, I decided on a whim to check Lite Rock 105 to see if the Christmas music was on yet. Sure it's three days before Thanksgiving, but worth a shot, right? And there it was, some hokey holiday song that I didn't even like all that much, but left it on for the rest of my ride in.

I'm the guy who listens to Christmas music from Halloween through January, but I certainly understand that's not everyone's cup of tea. I've heard all kinds of opinions on this...


Monday, November 21

Obvious statement of the year: Patriots fans are spoiled.

While fans of other teams are wondering how they'll find their quarterback of the future or moaning about their defense resembling swiss cheese, the Pats have racked up a record of 8-2, most recently beating the 49ers by a score of 30-17 on Sunday.

Yet the first comment I read on Monday morning is from a Patriots fan who didn't find the win convincing enough. Another agreed, saying they should have won by much more....