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The city has removed this statue of the Virgin Mary that appeared this fall in the grasses off the south shore of Conimicut Point. A spokeswoman for the mayor said the city had not given approval for the statue to be erected and had no idea of who placed it there. Steve Brown of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday the statue does not belong on city property. “The city shouldn’t be in the business of sponsoring religious messages,” he said. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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justanidiot

first, they came for god, and i said nothing

then they came for his mommy, and i still said nothing.....

Thursday, November 29
JoJo

Sponsoring the Blessed Mother? Heartbreaking to read this article in our local newspaper. Maybe Mother Mary was placed there to look over our local fisherman. I will be sure to say a few more Hail Mary's each day. What does the city plan on doing with the Blessed Mother Statue? So sad!!!!!

Thursday, November 29
ThatGuyInRI

Jojo,

Would you be so upset if the statue had been Krishna?

Put up whatever religious statue you want on your own property but keep your statues off of public property.

Friday, November 30
Cat

ThatGuyInRI - That is really the crux of the issue. It seems harmless and fine if it is anything Catholic or Protestant but the flip side of the coin would cause everyone to come out of the woodwork crying about separation of church and state. What if it was a another religion? Muslim, Buddhist, Satanist, etc. How would everyone feel then?

It is perfectly acceptable to be passionate about your religion and stand up for it but you must also understand that the same goes for every other religion under the sun. Public land that is paid for by taxpayers of all religion should not have a statue on it representing only 1 religion. As was nicely stated below - if you want one then put it in your own yard.

Friday, November 30
WwkVoter

I'm just waiting for correnti to declare himself the statue's mayor, and fight to "restore his people to their rightful lands"! A battle which will take place in only in the beacon comments...

Sunday, December 2
richard corrente

Dear WwkVoter,

You criticize, condemn, and complain about literally everything I say and now you even criticize, condemn and complain about things I DON'T say.

You are a faceless, nameless, pathetic coward, who has to hide in the shadows so he/she doesn't have to be responsible for his comments.

You constantly attack my efforts when yours are less than zero.

Less than zero! Do you realize that when I stated my name 4 years ago I already had done more than you have in four whole years! Forget about all the time, money, and effort that I dedicated when you did NOTHING, I accomplished more the very first day by stating my name, than you did in four years.

Think about that! You anonymous coward of a critic.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Monday, December 3
CrickeeRaven

Well, look at that, WwkVoter! You drew out the two-time election reject again, for yet another round of whining, name-calling, and arguing that use of screen names is an indicator of credibility -- as opposed to whether someone actually tells the truth.

The two-time election reject doesn't -- except accidentally, as he just did above:

"Forget about all the time, money, and effort that I dedicated..."

A vast majority of honest, taxpaying voters already have.

Just as I joined thousands of our honest, taxpaying neighbors in rejecting his candidacy, I likewise reject his empty holiday wishes as nothing but hollow words from a twice-failed candidate who thinks that such pandering statements somehow justify the rest of his disgraceful comments.

This is yet another in the long list of failures that the two-time election reject has willingly and repeatedly exhibited on this website, which is neither an accomplishment nor something that any reasonable person would consider admirable.

Thanks, WwkVoter, for continuing to prove his lack of restraint and defective behavior.

Monday, December 3
WwkVoter

Corrente has accomplished NOTHING to affect public policy in ANY WAY. He did get caught in a lot of lies and unsavory situations and waste a few peoples time here correcting his lies and exposing his horrible record and unsuitability to hold ANY office.

Thats pretty much about it.

Happy Holidays everybody

The Beacon Commenter's Mayor

Monday, December 3
Cat

Less Than Zero!!!

You can't have it both ways RC. He is either anonymous and therefore you know nothing about him or what he has (or has not done) or you know who he is and you are criticizing him based on his actions and merit. You cannot say with any certainty that your statement is true. Believing it and proving it are two very different things. This is a perpetual stumbling block for you.

You fail to miss a very obvious fact. You do the exact same thing that you criticize others for and then lose it when they call you on it.

P.S. Tossing your hat into the political ring doesn't make you special. You are not automatically granted sainthood and perpetual grace from being held accountable. Cute that you think that but no basis in reality whatsoever.

Tuesday, December 4
CrickeeRaven

It's really striking, Cat, that more than three years into his hopeless and futile attempt at political relevance, the two-time election reject can do nothing other than continue to engage in juvenile behavior toward other commenters.

He could have ignored WwkVoter's comment.

He could have actually said something about the topic of this article.

[For what it's worth, I agree with you -- public lands should not be used to promote one faith over others, and the city was absolutely correct to remove this statue.]

But no, the two-time election reject resorted to his usual insults, and as you rightly point out, again tried to use his two overwhelming election defeats as justification for his pathetic conduct and contradictory statements.

And in the end, you and WwkVoter and all of us who have provided factual and easily verifiable public information about the two-time election reject have accomplished quite a lot: We have shown him that he will not lie to the reader of this site or try to fool them; we have informed other readers of the obvious and glaring defects in his candidacy; and [thanks to his lack of restraint] he has chosen to engage in behavior that no other reasonable candidate would consider appropriate.

Thanks for your efforts at trying to get him to accept reality. We can be sure that if there's a way to humiliate himself even further, though, he will happily embrace it.

Tuesday, December 4
richard corrente

Dear WwkVoter,

If, as you say, I corrected those lies, giving proof from the Registry of Motor Vehicles , names and phone numbers of people in Warwick City Hall etc. then isn't that accomplishing something? I corrected lies from people like YOU!

And if I campaigned for over 700 days in a row and spent over $40,000 of my own money (fact) don't you think it had "something" to do with an "affect of public policy"? Every City Council person said so. Every one of them! Scott Avedisian raised taxes EVERY YEAR for 18 years in a row. The Council rubber-stamped EVERY ONE of his tax-increasing amendments, until I came along with my "Cut Taxes - Cut Spending" campaign. In the Spring of 2017, when Avedisian tried to introduce 29 new tax-increasing amendments, the Council said "NO!" UNANIMOUSLY! 29 out of 29 times in a row. My campaign caused, that but I am sure you won't give me a bit of credit for it, and that's OK because you don't really exist. You're not even a real name.

Now you can be (and MIGHT be) stupid enough to think my campaign had NOTHING to do with that, but EVERY member of the City Council credited me in varying degrees. They told me their constituents told them "LOUDLY" to "Cut Taxes - Cut Spending" and they were proud of their decision to "just say "No" to Avedisian. I was too.

I am proud of my accomplishments in that campaign. The message got through even though I didn't get elected. But I did get 14,000 votes, which is 14,000 more than you received. Oh, that's right. You never ran. You never campaigned for one day. You never spent a dime. Oh that's right. You don't even have an identity!

The readers don't even know if WwkVoter is even old enough to vote.

What they do know is he/she is too much of a coward to even tell the readers who he/she is.

Fake News, fake sources, fake people with fake names.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, December 4
richard corrente

Dear Cat2222,

You're wrong...again.

WwkVoter IS anonymous but I still know many things about him/her.

1. He/she is a coward. Being insulting and unidentified is the definition of a coward.

2. He/she states his opinion as fact. I state mine as opinion and welcome contrasting opinions.

3. He/she repeats the lies of Rob Cote and others without any verification, even when I give him/her the names and phone numbers to do so.

4. He/she has never done what I have because, quite frankly, no one has. Name one other candidate for ANY office that campaigned for over 1,000 consecutive days in total and spent over $40,000 of his/her own money. You can't because there isn't anyone in Warwick that can say that. You don't even know if WwkVoter "votes".

So when you say "You can't say that with any certainty"...you're wrong. I can. I did.

And when you say "Tossing your hat in the political ring doesn't make you special", you are very wrong...again. All candidates who make that commitment are the most special people in Warwick. Not just me. Those select few care enough about the welfare of our City to make a massive commitment of time and money. You, on the other hand, don't even care enough about Warwick and the 80,000 taxpayers that are paying the tab to even tell the reader WHO YOU ARE! You can't feel good about that, and you don't seem like the kind of person that is in the lying, deceiving, mud-slinging category as WwkVoter is.

WwkVoter belongs in the shadows. He/she is too much of a coward to show his/her face, but why don't you come out of there and disassociate yourself with those lying pieces of crap and just stop using a fake name.

You'll feel better about yourself, I promise.

Merry Christmas Cat2222.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, December 4
richard corrente

Dear Cat2222,

You're wrong...again.

WwkVoter IS anonymous but I still know many things about him/her.

1. He/she is a coward. Being insulting and unidentified is the definition of a coward.

2. He/she states his opinion as fact. I state mine as opinion and welcome contrasting opinions.

3. He/she repeats the lies of Rob Cote and others without any verification, even when I give him/her the names and phone numbers to do so.

4. He/she has never done what I have because, quite frankly, no one has. Name one other candidate for ANY office that campaigned for over 1,000 consecutive days in total and spent over $40,000 of his/her own money. You can't because there isn't anyone in Warwick that can say that. You don't even know if WwkVoter "votes".

So when you say "You can't say that with any certainty"...you're wrong. I can. I did.

And when you say "Tossing your hat in the political ring doesn't make you special", you are very wrong...again. All candidates who make that commitment are the most special people in Warwick. Not just me. Those select few care enough about the welfare of our City to make a massive commitment of time and money. You, on the other hand, don't even care enough about Warwick and the 80,000 taxpayers that are paying the tab to even tell the reader WHO YOU ARE! You can't feel good about that, and you don't seem like the kind of person that is in the lying, deceiving, mud-slinging category as WwkVoter is.

WwkVoter belongs in the shadows. He/she is too much of a coward to show his/her face, but why don't you come out of there and disassociate yourself with those lying pieces of crap and just stop using a fake name.

You'll feel better about yourself, I promise.

Merry Christmas Cat2222.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, December 4
CrickeeRaven

WwkVoter, it would be nice if the two-time election reject would show the slightest ability to understand what you wrote.

"If, as you say, I corrected those lies..."

That is not what you said at all, WwkVoter.

What you said was, the two-time election reject wasted other peoples' time that THEY spent correcting his lies.

"I corrected lies from people like YOU!"

No, he did not. The two-time election reject has never provided the kind of publicly available and easily verifiable information that we have.

He has also blindly repeated statements that have already been proven false, as if writing them again will make them true.

It will not, because his statements are false.

"Every City Council person said so."

Lie. No city councilor ever stated on the record at a public meeting or in the local media that the two-time election reject's failed 2016 campaign had anything to do with their FY17 decisions. None.

"Scott Avedisian raised taxes EVERY YEAR for 18 years in a row."

Lie. Many of those same city councilors approved the budgets proposed by Mayor Avedisian. They are at least as responsible for the tax increases as he is.

"In the Spring of 2017, when Avedisian tried to introduce 29 new tax-increasing amendments, the Council said "NO!" UNANIMOUSLY! 29 out of 29 times in a row."

There are three lies in this sentence. Avedisian did not "introduce" any amendments -- the city council did. And they approved a $6.5 million increase in the same budget. The council approved -- not rejected -- their ow amendments. And 25 of 29 of them were unanimous.

All of this information is here: https://warwickpost.com/digit-spinner-richard-corrente-fudges-numbers/

"But I did get 14,000 votes..."

That was in 2016. As we know, the two-time election reject received fewer than 2,000 votes in the September 2018 primary, making him -- factually -- the first candidate to lose to two sitting mayors from different parties in a generation.

His continued insistence on making up rules for a website he doesn't own is, like the rest of his behavior, further proof of his complete lack of credibility and impact on anything that happens in Warwick.

Thanks again for ensuring that the two-time election reject is seen as the disgrace of a former candidate that he truly is.

Tuesday, December 4
CrickeeRaven

Cat, I very clearly picked up from your prior replies to the two-time election reject that you do not appreciate his attempts to explain things to you. It's a further defect in his character that he hasn't, and instead engages in another round of name-calling and condescension.

Oh, and of course, more lies: "campaigned for over 1,000 consecutive days in total..."

This is a lie, and this is how one knows it it a lie:

He campaigned for 698 days for the 2016 campaign before his defeat in November. [698 days]

He announced his 2018 campaign on Dec. 2, 2017 and lost again on Sept. 12. [285 days]

Adding those two figures equals 983 days.

That is neither "over 1,000 days," nor were they "consecutive."

"80,000 taxpayers that are paying the tab..."

We've gone over this so many times, it's barely worth repeating. But we know this is a lie.

Don't let his name-calling or attempts at blame by association get to you.

You've won the argument, and this is how the two-time election reject shows it.

Tuesday, December 4
Cat

Give RC enough rope and sure enough....

You are very special indeed RC.

Tuesday, December 4
WwkVoter

Maybe he's right, I should just put in my real name. It's Henry Krinkle, K,r,i,n,k,l,e. I live at 154 Hopper Avenue.

Tuesday, December 4
Thecaptain

Corrente days he "campaigned" for X amount of days. What does that mean? He stood at street corners and waved to people. He did not get any media attention at all. Every other mayoral candidate got air time on all the talk shows. They still don't know Mayor Dumbness exists.

Wednesday, December 5
CrickeeRaven

Thecaptain, this is another case where the two-time election reject uses words without explaining what they mean, and then thinks he's right because of that lack of specificity.

[He's wrong, as usual.]

If you're going by Board of Elections standards, candidacy officially begins with a successful submission of nomination papers and ends with Election Day -- which means that, in this light, the two-time election reject officially campaigned for four months in 2016 and two months in 2018.

Another interpretation is to consider "campaigning" to start with a candidate's announcement and end with Election Day. That's how the two figures above were determined.

It's very likely that the two-time election reject considers "campaigning" to be using this website for free political advertising through his repeated use of it to promote his candidacy.

That is, of course, a false and delusional definition of "campaigning" that no reasonable or logical person would share.

As we've seen, he's written all manner of political statements throughout the 13 months between his 2016 overwhelming loss and his 2017 announcement for a second run that ended in an even bigger and more humiliating loss -- and as you rightly point out, it earned him nothing in terms of media attention.

Like the majority of his other statements, the two-time election reject's perspective on defining "campaigning" is devoid of substance and credibility.

Wednesday, December 5
justanidiot

in a previous life eyes was publius. get stuffed master taxed prayer mayer

Thursday, December 6