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Take the country back - from bloated plutocrats

December 9, 2010

POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron)

In Rhode Island and all across the country, more people are becoming interested in and involved with politics and government.
That is a good thing. The Tea Party movement is a good thing.
In Rhode Island, RISC, the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition is a good thing.
These are citizens who want their nation, their state and their community to be better and they are doing that through the political process. Good for them.

No honeymoon for Lincoln Chafee

November 28, 2010

POLITICS AS USUAL by Jim Baron

Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has to be looking around at his closest advisors about now and saying: “I wanted this job, WHY?”
Chafee’s backside has yet to create a dent in the governor’s chair and already he is getting it from all sides.

President Obama is, alas, all talk and no action

November 24, 2010

By JIM BARON

I would love to play poker with President Barack Obama.
I could sit there all night, never holding anything better than a pair of deuces, but I would bluff and raise, raise and bluff, and he would just fold his hand every time, allowing me to rake in all the pots. Republicans caught on to this early in his presidency.

LOCAL COMMENTARY -- The Goldberg approach boggles the mind

November 17, 2010

By TOM ROBERTS

Since North Smithfield voters last week rejected the proposal to change from a council-administrator to a council-manager form of government, the question of when that Town Charter amendment would have become effective is now a moot point.
But not so moot is the questionable legal guidance the Town Council did or did not receive in placing that and the seven other proposed charter amendments on the ballot.

What do you envision for the future of the Downtown District?

November 6, 2010

We'd like to read your responses!

Caprio may have 'shoved' the election

November 1, 2010

POLITICS AS USUAL
By Jim Baron

Shove it?
Shove it?!?
The president of these United States can take his endorsement and shove it?
I’m sure that’s what Democrat Frank Caprio said to the president of his own party. I know because after he said it in a radio interview, he called a press conference a few hours later for the specific purpose of saying, basically, “Yeah, you heard me, I told him to shove it,” just in case someone had missed it the first time.
That press conference is what made it clear that this was not some petulant pop-off; it was a premeditated campaign strategy.

Bob Healey has finally caught a wave

October 24, 2010

Politics as Usual by Jim Baron

They say a political campaign, especially for an underdog, is a lot like surfing. You have to choose the right wave and catch it at precisely the right moment, otherwise you just go splat and end up all wet.
Well, Bob Healey is up on his surfboard, he’s hangin’ ten, and he has caught the electoral wave right at its sweetest spot.
“Peaking at the right time,” is what the political pros call it, and Healey, founder of the Cool Moose Party, is doing just that right now with a week and a day left in this race for lieutenant governor.

COMMENTARY: Mark Stevens closing is retail calamity

October 20, 2010

By Roger Bouchard

Woonsocket

Guest Commentary: Take control for better town government

October 19, 2010

By JOHN ZAMBARANO

Soon we will be asked to decide on a couple of very important issues with regard to changes to the Town Carter in North Smithfield. The first, and most important, point I would like to make is in regards to the change from an elected Town Administrator to an “employed” Town Manager.

Letter: Thrilled with roadwork at Bellingham intersection

October 19, 2010

I finally got brave and decided to venture into the roadwork zone at the intersection of Pulaski Boulevard and Crooks Corner in Bellingham this weekend. I must say, the engineers may have finally gotten things right. I can see light at the end of our tunnel and was very impressed with the work done to date.
I'm sure the people who lost the frontage on their property probably aren't thrilled or the businesses that have lost customers due to this roadwork are not thrilled.

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