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I looked down from the dinner table and as soon as I did, his tail twitched. Ollie had been watching intently. He had slipped quietly into the room, but I could feel his presence and now he knew I had his attention. In a whisper, barely audible, I said, more
I can still hear my father when I asked him about Father’s Day. “What do you think of Father’s Day?” I inquired. His answer was instantaneous. “It’s gimmick to make money,” he … more
In the 241 years of our nation's existence, we have wrestled with the specter of prejudice stemming from the country's sad legacy of slavery. From the debates over the formation of our country, through the antebellum era and the following Civil War, more
On the president's recent trip abroad, the self-possessed Donald Trump was evident conveying a sense of self-importance and self-righteousness which alienated our European allies. On the contrary, a more thoughtful version of the president endeared more
My late Irish grandmother felt that if her grandsons were to grow up to be gentlemen, she had to engrain manners and morals in them. Elbows off the table, always hold the door open for a lady, do not speak with your mouth full, say please and thank you, more
Singing happy birthday over the telephone has become a family tradition. There's good reason, of course. With my daughter in Wyoming and my son, Jack, in Hong Kong, it's not exactly easy to celebrate birthdays in person. But even with Ted, who lives in more
Once again another legislative season is edging to a close, and once again the nothing of substance has been accomplished. No change in government operating paradigms was instituted, and no attempt at lowering the state's outstanding debt was discussed. more
The ongoing investigation into Russian influence pertaining to the 2016 general election, the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey, the supposed breaching of the emoluments statutes by the Trump family or organization, and the president's more
This legislative year, the General Assembly and the administration are facing a myriad of issues that will have lasting effects on the citizens of the Ocean State. The eternal problem with our government is its uneven distribution of power between the more
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas JeffersonWith the dust settling after the … more
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