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A blatant disagreement on crucial COVID policy between Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and her boss, Gov. Dan McKee, occurred last week right in front of the comatose press and the tuned-in audience.

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Memory is a mystery. No matter how old we are, there are moments from our young lives that are vivid. Things we saw, great moments we had, thi… Read more

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Editor’s note: This week starts our new schedule of columnists in the slot that’s typically been filled by Arlene Violet. As a reminder, Arlene will now be writing once per month in her retirement, star… More

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Albert Einstein said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning,” but something strange and unhealthy has unfolded before our eyes during the pandemic. It has become commonplace to see people sham… More

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Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Gov. Dan McKee, earns $187,421 plus benefits. That’s why I thought it was curious when he recently resigned from his $7,500 yearly post as Cumberland’s assistant directo… More

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Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Gov. Dan McKee, earns $187,421 plus benefits. That’s why I thought it was curious when he recently resigned from his $7,500 yearly post as Cumberland’s assistant directo… More

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I had to sign a consent form this week so that my children can take Tylenol at school. But if my child wants to be called by a new name, use different pronouns or use the opposite restroom or locker room than the one he has used his whole life, the Rhode Island Department of Education and ma… More

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Henri has come and gone. Power is mostly restored. Damage was minor. Most of us in northern Rhode Island were relieved to have survived with a couple of light flickers and internet resets. By Sunday midafternoon we wondered why we canceled weekend travel plans. We consoled ourselves repeatin… More

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With school openings right around the corner there is much debate about requiring teachers and school personnel to be fully vaccinated as well as vaxxing up children. Gov. Dan McKee has eschewed mandatory teachers’ shot(s) and has left the issue of masks and vaccinations to attend school to … More

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He may have gone about it the wrong way, but Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was correct in condemning both the content of and the secrecy surrounding the Providence teacher union contract negotiated by Gov. Dan McKee. The governor’s penchant for capitulating to teachers was evident months ago… More

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It was early 2000, we were moving here for my new broadcast job and my wife and I were weekend house shopping with our buyer agent around the state. After a long touring day and a headache that came with it, we stopped at a pharmacy in East Greenwich for some aspirin. We were in line to chec… More

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Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Gov. Dan McKee is strongly recommending that children wear masks when they return to school. This should be a no-brainer. With so many unvaccinated children, including those 12 and under who are not eligible for the vaccination, a mask mandate makes sense. More

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Regular readers of this column may be aware that I represent pro bono (no legal fee) the elderly retirees who had worked at St. Joseph’s and/or Fatima Hospital before St. Joseph’s closed and Fatima was sold to Prospect Charter Care LLC. At the time of the sale the 2,700 former employees, i.e… More

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Gorgeous venues are empty on our television screens this week as we tune in to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The impact on the competition likely varies with each event, but it has to be a bummer and a mind blower for these athletes who are missing the adrenaline derived from spectator crowds. More

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A recent poll had an approval rating of 52 percent vs. 43 percent who disagreed over the job that President Joe Biden is doing. While down from an approval score of 63 percent in May 2021, Mr. Biden, nonetheless, is besting the rating of his predecessor, Donald Trump, whose highest rating wa… More

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Well, that’s a wrap. For the past decade, a defining part of my identity has been that of Little League mom, and this past weekend, with my youngest son’s team’s loss to Smithfield in the 12-year-old district finals, I said a bittersweet goodbye and turned the page on a long chapter of too m… More

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It is hard to imagine a more significant holy day for Jews. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. It is set in autumn since it’s connected to the agricultural societies of the ancient Near East, i.e. the time of sowing the seed. It is also a day of … More

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The high holiday of Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish new year. No lighted ball drop, noisemakers or gaudy network television broadcasts in the midst of celebrating crowds. It’s about spiritual reflection, renewal and the pure sweetness, celebrated with apples and honey, of turn… More

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Sam Young was a Black man who was at Bailey’s Beach every day. As the social register habitues arrived for their swim, this gentleman dressed in gold livery collected their jewelry and held the pieces for safe keeping. Legend had it that he needed no list to help him remember who owned what,… More

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As the culture wars heat up across our nation and the 2022 election looms, one truth is abundantly clear – our civics and history education is not even close to where it needs to be. Yes, we see and hear a lot of dishonesty from people with big platforms but there is also a lot of ignorance … More

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While the Rhode Island General Assembly fusses over whether to mandate civics education and ponders whether critical race theory will be the demise of democracy I am forced to admit that I think all the signs for its demise presently exist. Perhaps because I am a white person, I think there … More

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Nothing strikes me as more inimical to the values of the United States than examples of privilege extended to a class of people which are not enjoyed by others. Take, the ProPublica report in early June that detailed how America’s richest men avoided paying their fair share in taxes, and, in… More

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Make no mistake: I think there should be a Congressional study commission that analyzes all domestic terrorist groups perpetrating violence. The Capitol onslaught on Jan. 6 is an obvious choice. Further, the response by law enforcement and officials are particularly important investigative e… More

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Late last week I found myself sitting behind the backstop at my son’s middle school baseball game, cheering for the players and laughing with the other moms. The sun was out and the field was packed with parents and grandparents just the way I remember it before COVID-19 turned the world ups… More

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I don’t like Congressional Republican Liz Cheney. She is a bit too conservative for my liking, having voted 86 percent of the time in line with Trump’s dastardly policies. She threw her gay sister under the bus by opposing civil rights for same sex couples. In short, she just had too much of… More

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Monday night was the first of the season wearing shorts on the after-dinner walk in the neighborhood. It was daylight well past 8 p.m.. Folks were out. We stop and chat. There’s a lot of catching up to do with casual notes we like to take on each other, the good stuff of socialization. Sprin… More

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GOP House Leader Blake Filippi correctly has called out the continuing deficiencies of the reworked, no-bid Lottery deal for IGT and Bally’s, formerly known as Twin River. Before the two giant gambling conglomerates married each other, the then Twin River excoriated IGT by noting that its ga… More

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Liz Cheney is going down this week. The third-ranking House Republican has had the audacity to call out the former president on his election “Big Lie” and she’s paying for it. But that may not be the only thing that has done her in with her party colleagues. More

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While I oppose some Congressional Republicans’ posture on certain issues, they were prescient about one thing, i.e., the unintended consequences of extending and paying unemployment benefits which net a payment higher than the actual earnings of laid off employees. The GOP correctly predicte… More