Ethics cloud needs silver lining

When it comes to wrongdoing on the part of public servants, Rhode Island certainly has no monopoly. Yet for those who call the Ocean State home, it can often feel otherwise. In very recent memory, …

Ten Commandments for open meetings

“I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air” is a quote from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road – a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great …

Legislation to protect the animals

The people of Rhode Island are caring and generous, in both spirit and action. I know this because I was born and raised here, and I have witnessed our collective compassion in action throughout my …


An open letter from the people of Johnston to our elected officials

To the Editor: Mayor Polisena, the Johnston Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Town Council: We, your Johnston residents, homeowners, voters, and taxpayers, object to your proposed zoning change for the property located on Greenville Avenue and

Shedding the rose-colored glasses, and the speaker's possible epiphany

The revelations of the past few weeks have been potentially illuminating to the Ocean State's premier political leader. Our once na ve Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Nicholas Mattiello, has seemingly had an epiphany. His

It's time for ethics reform

When I became Speaker of the House of Representatives two years ago, I wanted to send a clear message that reform was critical to moving our state forward. We moved swiftly to tackle one of the most important good