Last month’s 87th Academy Awards was filled with memorable moments. One of those that stood out to me was an acceptance speech given by Boyhood (2014) actress Patricia Arquette. In the film, she plays a strong independent mother of two who goes through a series of peaks and valleys with different men. Arquette obviously viewed the […]

One of the ideas I’ve seen thrown out in the wake of Speaker Fox being charged and pleading guilty for “bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return,” is the idea of term limits for state legislators. But there’s a reason I didn’t include it in my last post. Reflexively, it seems like a good idea. […]

With the news finally out about what lead to Speaker Fox’s sudden resignation after the raid on his office, now might be the time to take measures to reduce public corruption. Now, I’ve publicly taken the stance before that corruption in Rhode Island is not as excessive as some would portray it; but I also […]

RIPR’s Scott MacKay is right to throw water on the idea of giving over vacant 195 land to build a riverside stadium. It’s not clear that a stadium makes much sense. Take for instance, these two charts of total and average attendance among the PawSox’s International League.   I’ve highlighted a few teams. Pawtucket is highlighted in […]

Movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts. When I go to a great movie I can live somebody else’s life for a while. I can walk in somebody else’s shoes. I can see what it feels like to be a member of a different gender, a different race, a different economic […]

March on Washington

News out of Boston about Black Lives Matter protesters blockading a highway has led to State Senator Leonidas Raptakis (D – Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) to decide he’ll introduce a bill that “will ensure that individuals who interfere with the safety of others on roadways and highways will face legal consequences.” We should note that […]

Screen capture from "It's A Wonderful Life"

Justin Katz has a post lamenting the rise of sledding bans around the country and how this is more evidence of our nanny-state run amok. The problem is that Katz wants to divorce this from the reality; so while he’s concerned about the metaphysical effects of all this safety, he’s ignored the real effects. And the real […]