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As a mayor, public safety director, former volunteer firefighter and private sector business owner, I am not at all surprised by the objection of our state’s unionized firefighters over the … more
EPA and the Army finalized a rule recently under the Clean Water Act to continue to protect the streams and wetlands we rely on for our health, our economy, and our way of life. One in three … more
In 2013 I searched for something that would be of special interest to me, since I retired in 2011, and felt that I needed something to peak my interests and offer me something in return. Upon … more
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no … more
The editor and I have been discussing a writing project for this newspaper, and, in the meantime, I have been allotted this space for my thoughts on various state issues, of which there are … more
Sometimes you may just pick up a good book to read, especially during a storm when the Governor’s call for a State of Emergency three days ago because of the blizzard. Yes, being homebound because … more
It is with no small amount of pride that I took part in the vote that brought Rhode Island the most business-friendly budget it’s seen in decades. For years, we’ve all rightly heard – and … 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
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
Although tax season is over, scam artists are still ramping up efforts to defraud taxpayers. With an influx of complaints from local consumers, including several employees of the Office of Attorney … more
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