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POLITICIANS AND PROVIDENCE STREET VIOLENCE:  The three Democratic candidates for governor have proposed ideas for reducing street and gang violence in Providence. Two of the three want to throw … more
Not long after Mother’s Day, I stopped in at Tracey’s Greenhouse, next to Dave’s Marketplace on West Shore Road, to pick up plants for our flower and vegetable gardens. It’s become a … more
NO ONE LISTENS TO OBAMA ANYMORE: Most Americans already knew President Obama’s foreign policy was in shambles and that it had led to our nation being considered a weakling among the world’s … more
Fairness and blackberries are important. Carol reminded me of this when she returned from walking Ollie at Confreda fields. “Look,” she said with an air of triumph holding up a small glass … more
CHAFEE WAFFLING TO THE END: Governor Chafee's record during his almost four years in office is replete with examples of his waffling on important issues. He just hasn't seemed able to make up … more
“It’s on my bucket list.” “Bucket list” wasn’t what I had expected to hear from the oldest of three Asian women I was sharing a bench with. I guessed they were Cambodian. They were … more
CRANSTON TRASH CONTAINERS: City services are supposedly paid for by normal city taxes. If enough money isn’t collected in taxes to pay for the services, then the tax rate is increased. Extra fees … more
I held the pocket watch to my ear. There was a whisper of a tick. Was I imagining it? The thin hands beneath the crystal didn’t seem to move, but then you really wouldn’t see them. It felt … more
CRANSTON CITY COUNCIL CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS: The Cranston City Council and Mayor Allan Fung denied the Cranston School Committee its request for an additional $1.7 million to run the … more
You know summer has arrived when the mocking bird greets the morning. I heard his call – or, rather calls – in the gray dawn Sunday. He was just starting his repertoire, like the bugler … more
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