A 13 percent supplemental tax really stinks.
There is no way around that fact for people who live in Woonsocket, so it is best to just put it out there from the start: After you have paid all your property and automobile taxes for the year, to be hit with a bill for an extra 13 percent and get nothing for it except to balance the cityâ€™s books is the rancid cherry atop a crap sundae.
Folks who read this column during the whole Cranston prayer banner controversy know I am a stickler about church and state separation.
Even when a complaint may seem picayune or silly, or targets a much revered or longstanding symbol, having religious iconography on public property is wrong and impermissible under the Constitution. Public property should and must be a zone of neutrality where all faiths feel welcome to pass and roam freely, but none can plant a flag â€” or a cross, or a crescent or a six-pointed star.
Every presidential year, it seems, a debate starts up about the curious constitutional custom of the Electoral College.
Iâ€™m not entirely convinced that Rep. David Cicilline wonâ€™t get away with it.
Unlike many political commentators and observers around these parts, who consider the former Providence mayor to be political roadkill, I think he has a fair to decent chance of being re-elected to a second term in Congress, despite his 14 percent approval rating in the last Brown University poll. In this case, â€śfair to decentâ€ť probably means a 50 to 65 percent likelihood.
Iâ€™m going to be watching the House and Senate Finance committee hearings to see if any more money is being funneled into the ACI kitchen budget. I figure that, at the rate senators and representatives are running afoul of the law these days, legislators are going to have a vested interest in improving the quality of prison food.
Those of you who donâ€™t get around much in the world of cyberpolitics might be surprised to learn that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has his very own channel on YouTube.
You can click on to YouTube and then search for either â€śRhodeislandgovernorâ€ť or â€śGovernor Lincoln Chafeeâ€ť and you can get a list of a whole bunch of videos that either the governorâ€™s office made, or that show some of his TV appearances or speeches at various public events.
Writing a weekly column like this, it is always a good idea to have a different mix of subject matter each week to keep things interesting for readers. Well, someone please tell that to Central Falls. That unfortunate municipality just canâ€™t seem to keep itself out of the headlines, so weâ€™ll have to keep discussing it here.
Besides, if you live in Pawtucket or Woonsocket and you think whatâ€™s going on in Central Falls doesnâ€™t matter to you, then youâ€™ve got another think coming.