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 JOHNSTON DOUBLE-MURDER: Two news stories this week told two very different stories. One was about how diligent prosecutors are nationwide in the prosecution of low-level, non-violent drug offenders … more
PAWTUCKET PIT BULLS:  The City of Pawtucket has long had an ordinance that prohibits the pit bull breed of dogs from the city.  The General Assembly passed a law this year prohibiting … more
A CODE OF ETHICS THAT’S NOT: When Rhode Island enacted a Code of Ethics in 1992, one of its key provisions was a “revolving door” prohibition that was intended to keep state elected … more
A GOOD CALL BY OBAMA:  To President Obama’s credit, he has directed the Justice Department to try the surviving Boston Marathon terrorist in a civilian court rather than before a military … more
The smallest adjustment can have dramatic outcomes. Surely someone has said it much better than that. But the lesson is simple as understood by mariners when setting a course before the days of … more
Ever wonder how an item, a word, an expression, even the clouds on a clear sun-lit day can serve as a key to unlock memories? They’re triggers. You find yourself thinking, “I’ve seen this … more
ONE SHOE HAS DROPPED:  Moody’s bond rating service has downgraded Rhode Island’s 38 Studios bonds by two notches and has indicated it is considering downgrading the rest of our $2.1 billion in … more
This was too good to be true – a bevy of bikini-clad women cheering me, as if I had won a gold medal in beach volleyball. Bevy? Well, two, which is technically a brace of beauties. But they were on … more
CHAFEE LACKS COURAGE TO VETO:  If Governor Chafee wants to show voters that he has a backbone and is willing to make hard decisions for the good of our state, he failed miserably this week as the … more
HOW LONG CAN THE WHITE HOUSE DENY “DIRTY TRICKS”? Now that six months have elapsed since President Obama’s reelection, the White House seems to feel it is now o.k. to release information that … more
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