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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
One of Rhode Island’s great success stories is the cleanup of Narragansett Bay. A “yes” vote on Question 7 will ensure the cleanup continues. Few would argue that Narragansett Bay is the … more
In response to Steve Brown’s attack on Rhode Island’s 1986 constitutional convention (see Constitutional convention: The General Assembly’s kid brother), we’d like to note that eminent Rhode … more
From the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket to modern submarine production at Quonset Point, the manufacturing sector has always been central to Rhode Island’s economy. Unfortunately, we’ve seen more … more
The 38 Studios fiasco continues to haunt the citizens of Rhode Island. What started out as a bad decision continues to get worse. The question facing us is, what to do now?   Some politicians … more
Every Rhode Islander rightly hates potholes because every Rhode Islander has banged through so many of them. As we all know, they’re everywhere this time of year, and to make matters worse, a lot … 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
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
Millions of Americans were shocked to hear that 63-year-old Robin Williams died from an apparent suicide. While it was well known that he had a history of severe depression and years of alcohol and … more
Next week, the Gaspee Days Committee will kick off its 50th year with an impressive series of events designed to shed light on the first armed conflict of the American Revolution while also … more
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