Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Thursday, October 18

I've seen a few moderators of local community discussion pages express frustration of late about the volume of complaints and questions they see about trash collection. The most frequent question is on when trash collection day for a certain street is supposed to be. If you've lived on a street more than a week, shouldn't it be obvious?

Even trash collection on a holiday week is pretty standard. Most communities delay trash day by one day when there's a Monday holiday. Even if you...


Friday, June 22

Much has been made of gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown's reported endorsement by the Pawtucket Democratic City Committee this week. Brown tweeted on June 20 that he was honored to receive the endorsement. As WPRI's Ted Nesi pointed out, this is an endorsement in the urban core, "a vote-rich area for Dems."

But Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Mary Bray told me Friday that she and other members of the group advised Brown not to announce the "very close" endorsement until they'd...


Thursday, January 11

The impromptu special election race for the Senate District 8 seat vacated by Jamie Doyle this week appears to be attracting a lot more interest than if it were a general election race. If Republicans and independents jump in, I wouldn't be surprised to see 10 candidates file for the seat.

That is due in no small part to the fact that Democrats know they'll only have to do a few short weeks of campaigning for an election that will likely have a very small turnout. With at least five...


Wednesday, December 27

On Nov. 21 I tweeted my goal to buy every one of my Christmas presents from a local person or store. Many responded to my tweet with similar comments, but some told me at that time that they didn't think I'd be able to do it.

Well I did #shopsmall all holiday season, and our local communities are better for it. With the exception of one stocking stuffer to my wife – a piece for her camera that I had to order special – all presents were purchased from local stores and vendors. Along...


Friday, August 18

Opponents of a plan to have the city of Pawtucket and state of Rhode Island help subsidize a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox love to throw around broad pronouncements about baseball dying and no one going to games anymore.

"But the stadium is never filled...even on the nights where we have fireworks," said one opponent on social media.

Whether you're for or against the stadium getting money from taxpayers, honesty is still important in this debate.

The fact is that...


Friday, July 14

Many of the same people who hurl accusations that "the media" delivers fake news are the biggest violators when it comes to spreading false stories on social media.

I've seen it over and over: Someone posts an old picture to make a point, gets corrected, then says, "well, that's irrelevant, there are plenty of other examples of this."

That's exactly the point. There are usually plenty of other accurate examples to make your point with, so why go the lazy route and kill your...


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...