$000 Studios

Who invited Curt Schilling in, and are you going to help defray the cost?

When will we be able to place every politician, economic development board member, media personality, business expert, and editorial writer in favor of Curt Schilling's fiasco in front of a microphone and camera and have them explain their reasoning, apologize for their decision, and make a contribution to cover the inevitable debt that is resulting?

Rhode Island is fascinated by celebrity, perhaps because of its vast inferiority complex. Viola Davis contributes $1,000 to the library in Central Falls and makes headlines for this tiny percentage of her income. I contributed $1,000 at almost the exact same time, and didn't expect to make the ProJo for doing so!

Whether it's Richard Hatch or James Woods, we seem to be under some magic spell whenever someone succeeds in gaining fame beyond the borders of this state, with the romantic notion they can do no wrong and every one of their positive actions is wildly overestimated. (Ms. Davis is a hell of an actress, no argument there.)

I'm no fan of Governor Chafee, but he was smart enough to come out against funding the glorified game store, and our own Bob Watson, despite his other problems, . We need a massive self-esteem workshop for the population, so that they can take pride in themselves and not rely on vicariously gaining it through remote association with others.

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Martha Reynolds May 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM
You're absolutely right, Alan. People were starstruck by the bloody sock. Chafee and Watson do deserve some credit. And speaking of credit(s), those tax credits....could there be a bigger story there?
Alan Weiss, PhD May 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
A former sports star and a video game—that's the sophistication of the state's economic strategy. The chair of the EDC resigns and is quietly interviewed. He ought to be in front of a public committee of inquiry asking how he arrived at the position he did, and why he shouldn't be held responsible for the folly. Just when you think the lawmakers in this state can't get any dumber....
jan gillis May 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Alan, I agree that Stokes and his recommendation need to be investigated. He was allowed to resign. Hopefully, that does not mean that he will be able to collect a pension for this folly !!!
Alan Weiss, PhD May 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Someone in a public job in Rhode Island NOT able to collect a pension? That's unthinkable!


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