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By JANE KENNEY AUSTIN On Tuesday, April 7, changes needed to extend much needed, and in some cases desperately needed, sewer lines were held hostage to satisfy the demands of a small group of … more
I love old movies. One of my favorites is “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” It’s the story of an idealistic young man, Jimmy Stewart, who goes to Washington, D.C., as a new legislator. He’s a … more
There’s a big difference between a Chihuahua and a husky. For the former, 30 degrees Fahrenheit would be excruciating. For the latter, it would seem like a warm spring day. That’s why the … more
The issue of legalizing marijuana will soon be heard, once again, at the RI State House. This controversial concern has initiated a number of conversations involving leaders in the medical, legal, … more
I would like to respond to Richard Walsh’s letter appearing in the Beacon of March 19 concerning Iran. Iran is a country of 80 million mostly good people. The USA is a country of 320 million … more
It never fails to strike me when I hear from a business owner about the trouble he or she is having finding qualified employees to fill job openings. The skills gap is not a problem Rhode Island is … more
There are times when one just doesn’t know what to do after hearing about or experiencing a tragedy. I wrote this a few days after a 21-year-old man killed nine people while they were attending a … more
The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, recited his sixth State of the Union Address this past week. In doing so, he stretched the truth of his administration’s record. Also, he … more
H. Philip West Jr., former director of Common Cause, delivered the following eulogy for Senator J. Michael Lenihan on March 5 at St. Francis de Sales Church, North Kingstown. Senator Lenihan … more
In politics, the public’s lasting perception of a particular official can be forever changed by a spin of a weather vane and a politician’s reaction to it. Throughout American history, and more … more
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