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Our first President George Washington often wrote about his fears of factionalism. His concern was that strong political parties would devolve into searching for debilitating scandals that would paralyze their opponents. Unfortunately, old George was more
Can you measure joy? Sure, you can sum up a vacation, a night on the town, an outing with friends as a “good time,” or a “great time.” And there are those times when you feel an uplifting, … more
It’s difficult to describe pain. I tried. “It’s somewhere near there,” I said pushing my hand on my back below the belt line, “it’s constant, although it’s not as bad sometimes as … more
The most common answer of any Rhode Islander when asked about the quality of life in our state is “great state, lousy government.” For four decades now, this writer has witnessed governor … more
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, an oligarchy is a government in which power is in the hands of a few. Its second definition is a government where policy serves a small group of wealth holders with primacy. Two significant changes in government more
An old adage exclaims, “Hope Springs Eternal.” A new year offers the possibility that government, whether local, state, or federal might fulfill its most basic tenant and actually serve the needs … more
There’s nothing quite as assuming as inviting yourself over for dinner. I found myself doing that this weekend, as Carol was away for a conference. "So," I asked of my son, Ted, “what have … more
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”– George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelistIn the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, after the … more
There's music in gutters. That's not always the case when it rains. More often than not, gutters become problematic when nearby trees fill them with leaves and twigs. Then instead of a lullaby of tinkling there's the splattering of water running down the more
A lot can happen in six seconds, yet it is not a metric to measure a life. Rather, men and women should be measured by their achievements or lack thereof. They are evaluated by their performance, their values, their ideals and, perhaps most important, more
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