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Gordon Fox. Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly
John April 18, 2014 at 07:45 pm
People don't listen to Badger he likes to eat his own shit! @ Al Gagne I have a lot of relatives inRead More Texas and they say it's more corrupt than anywhere , So it's everywhere Texas is right leaning and we are left leaning.
Tom Badger April 18, 2014 at 08:55 pm
Eh John doesn't mean everyone here is going to be a scumbag leftist scammer on their knees to GordonRead More Pride Parade Fox like yourself .
Tom Badger April 18, 2014 at 08:57 pm
and then you have the bankrupting overspending Democrats here in town begging to have this townRead More paying the highest tax rates in Rhode Island to make up for their drunken overspending
Joan Jett. Courtesy photo.
Former Ports resident April 16, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Pat Benatar wants to protect zebras - go ahead folks, hit me with your best shot
Leave RI April 16, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Fire away
Russell Archambault April 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm
What Rhode Islanders Can Do to protect ourselves about zebras. WE MUST INTRODUCE LEGISLATION NOWRead More As of early 1993 (4), no zebra mussels have been found in Rhode Island waters. However, zebra mussels have rapidly expanded their range and are predicted to invade New England waters. Ultimately, zebra mussels will infest most regions of North America. They could threaten local water supplies and become a costly nuisance to boaters, anglers, and industries. It is possible to slow the spread of zebra mussels into New England waters by becoming aware of how these mussels disperse themselves through human activities. Boaters or anglers may inadvertently transport zebra mussels from infested freshwater bodies to noninfested lakes and rivers. In an effort to control zebra mussels from spreading to Rhode Island waters, take the following precautions after boating or fishing in infested waters: 1. INSPECT and CLEAN any zebra mussels and aquatic vegetation from the boat hull, trailer, anchor, anchor rope or chain, and motor. If you see any "hitchhiking" zebra mussels, scrape them off and discard in a trash can. 2. DRAIN all water from the boat and its components. Before leaving the infested area, drain bilge water, live wells, bait buckets, and engine cooling water. 3. DRY the boat, trailer, and equipment. Allow the boat and trailer to dry thoroughly in the sun before transporting to noninfested waters. If it is hot and dry, leaving the boat out of the water for two to four days will effectively kill the mussels. 4. LEAVE any live bait behind. Bait used in infested waters should not be transported to noninfested waters. Give the bait to someone headed out on the body of water you are leaving, or discard at the boat launch.
Steve Gregson April 15, 2014 at 07:39 am
A combined effort between School Committee and Council with the goal of what's best for the town isRead More in order. At least if I were calling the shots, the goal would be scrutinize the contracts,direct teacher negotiations to emulate the trend and needs of the tax payers. Things like, health insurance buybacks, accumulated sick time, increase in insurance co-share all on the table! Rough numbers used to be 80-85% of the budget goes for salaries and benefits. By the time you pay overhead costs (Heat, Elect, Fuel, Maint etc..) there isn't as much to play with as you may think. Yes we need to fix the roads, plow the snow and do all the things related to a municipality but we have reached the point where we have lost our focus and vision. It's time for a new set of eyes!
bwg April 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Didn't the school dept just hire an IT director? Why not consolidate the entire town IT support intoRead More one group and really make sure we're reducing redundancies in support, applications, processes, personnel. And, as I recall, the reasoning behind bringing the fire district under the town was for cost savings. Where are those savings?
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm
I didn't put this in the story, but Coyle noted that the FD consolidation means there is noRead More additional fire district tax. I don't have a dollar amount to put out there in terms of savings as the costs/savings are spread throughout a lot of the budget.
Otters. File photo.
steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 11:31 am
Thank you for giving my résumé. That is in fact what I do for work. I help hundredsRead More of people each year in RI with wildlife issues. To answer your question "he" will not be contracted by the state to do anything with otters. P.S. have some guts and put your real name on a post
M Jernstedt April 17, 2014 at 11:55 am
Steve, On point 4 (River otters are over abundant in this state) could you please post for everyone,Read More the RI Otter population study you have in hand. A few tracks in the mud, and some dead ducks, should not be used for wildlife control issues.
steven rouleau April 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm
I believe the biologists with RIDEM use otter latrine surveys which have shown a significantRead More increase in numbers over the years. My experience is the same. I spend more time than most in RI's watersheds and also the numbers of complaints that i get are increasing every year.
Marijuana. File photo.
Rose Marie Huth April 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Last I checked, the economy in RI is the worst in the Country...what is happening to your tax $$,Read More your lottery $$ for education now. What makes you so sure the $$ from pot will be funneled to REALLY improve the state? Have the State Legislators said how this $$ would be used? Or are you just giving them more $$ to squander? For the people who are currently smoking illegally, are you doing so with your small infant children, grandchildren, and other family members present? Have you asked them if they want to be included in your recreational habit? Are they also getting high from your second hand smoke? Parents are supposed to be protecting their children from influences that could harm them...that is why we have safety car seats etc....what would you be doing to them now. Dr.'s tell their pregnant patients not to smoke, drink, eat shell fish, and not to take an aspirin. But, as soon as the child is born you will expose them to a substance that could be harmful to them. Also, I understand that there is a law on the books in RI for parents who get caught DUI with children in the car. No doubt there was a need for that. I believe the legislators helped that law get passed and saw the dangers there. All of a sudden now they see revenue! Clearly the state needs more ideas or a different group to who will have the ideas to change the economic climate in RI without jeopardizing everyone else.
Pam April 13, 2014 at 01:36 pm
Really? Who buys alcohol on the "black market"? Legal pot seems to be working fine alreadyRead More in Colorado. Legalizing all drugs would ensure crappy heroin isn't Killing off dozens of people and the taxes from drugs would go toward getting people off drugs for good. Putting people in jail for drugs, the US solution to the drug problem, obviously has not worked one whit. I an tired of paying for our bloated justice system and I'm ready to try something new. We couldn't do any worse than we 're doing.
Vinnie B. April 13, 2014 at 08:55 pm
@ Rose Let me get this straight, so because RI is corrupt and poor with managing money, theRead More marijuana would be the problem?
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skeeter April 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Peter A. Filippi III April 12, 2014 at 09:12 am
As a conservative Republican, I strongly believe in free enterprise such as school vouchers thatRead More would eliminate many concerns such as this but would also address the need to enhance academic standards and lower costs etc…
Melissa April 18, 2014 at 10:54 am
Gabian715 - I truly understand your comment about common sense & mature adults. The problem IRead More see is that there are not many mature adults left.. We live in a time where parents are not held accountable to play parent.. Too many hand outs as well.. What a shame!!!
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Cheap Guy April 10, 2014 at 02:28 pm
I have a Rainbow plate on my car. I enjoy the insults from the pea-party loons and otherRead More conservative rubes (why do righties HATE rainbows ?) ...LOL Best 99 cent investment EVER
CB11 April 10, 2014 at 02:48 pm
... the usual dribble from the self-proclaimed "TOLERANT" ... I bet I have more gay andRead More racially mixed relatives in my family than you'd ever allow in yours! That being said, please take your infantile bashing and bullying to another blog! It's not wanted here.... I have a feeling that, as much as you like to believe it, it's not the rainbow plate on your car that causes the insults but the person driving it.
Cheap Guy April 10, 2014 at 03:22 pm
CB11 1. When did I claim to be "TOLERANT' ? 2. There are NO gay or racially mixed folks in myRead More family. not that is any of your business 3. Just the mention of my rainbow plate draws insults like yours (infantile...bashing...bullying.. LOL)
Andrew J. Hammond April 9, 2014 at 06:10 pm
We have bridges and roads to fix. It won't do any good to throw money from windfall. It will end upRead More in corrupt pockets. For the people who choose to do heroin, let them. It's their choice. Addiction is a choice, not a disease. If I see a drug dealer on my street he's goin' down.
Alicarn April 9, 2014 at 09:03 pm
Andrew, any addiction sucks, but drugs especially so. If you've ever battled addiction you know howRead More easy it is to fall. If you haven't had to fight that battle, then you simply have no idea. You have gotten off easy in life, in that respect. You may have other battles in your life, but you haven't had this one. Trying drugs is a choice. Once addicted, it is a disease.
Dark star April 10, 2014 at 08:05 am
Yes Alicarn, trying drugs is a choice. Addiction is a personality disorder. If its not drugs, itRead More would be something else; booze, food, porn, etc. Some people are just more susceptible. What were once vices are now habits (Doobie Brothers 1974). There are many people that have tried drugs and have not become addicted, just like alcohol.
Joe Sousa April 8, 2014 at 08:53 am
Land based facilities owned by private marinas make sense. NO PUMP OUT BOATS !!!!!!!
Bill the 1st April 8, 2014 at 11:01 am
The problem with limiting to land-based, private marina facilites is that all those people withRead More onboard toilets in municipal marinas aren't going to use them. This is especially true in areas like the Sakonet River where there are few (if any) faclities like that around.
Mike April 8, 2014 at 01:20 pm
I hope Tiverton applies for a grant. I know people didn't want to pay for it when it came up for aRead More boat, but I think that was shortsighted. YES to a pump-out boat!
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jim halsband April 7, 2014 at 11:26 am
Jack, thank you for presenting your righteous indignation which both mirrors and buttresses my own.Read More I offer solution based ideas backed with real technology that will not only directly address and solve plastic waste problems but with it comes jobs, but no one has put forth the requisite means to advance the proposed solution to the sustainable reality that it is. The machinery that I am referring to converts waste plastic bag, styrofoam and plastic buckets into oil, which can be used directly as home heating fuel or diesel fuel, and the actual recovery cost per gallon is about 30 cents. Imagine, home heating oil for 30 cents per gallon while creating jobs and a burgeoning ancillary industry, i.e. technicians, engineering methods to harvest fallow plastics, etc. BUT, in RI with unemployment at obscene levels, those with the means to advance my project to reality have no interest in anything other than self interests and idle rich self indulgences, or so it appears after 3 years of pushing this rock up a steep slippery incline! Let's just arrest people for using bags, I just do not see the benefit. And yes, the sponsor of this bill mentioned in this article is a member of ALEC as are a dozen more of our elected officials. Maybe we should ban conflict of interest politicians.
Jack Baillargeron April 7, 2014 at 11:38 am
The tech exist, Jim and this State who needs businesses to move here should consider getting intoRead More that type of business since we obviously have the Port capability to do a massive project of that size. I also support desalinization as an option to water problems cause by never doing Big River project. This State spends so much time on socialization and feel good crappola it boggles the mind. Jobs that pay better than low wage tourism jobs is the answer and this stuff is nothing more than voter scams to get re-elected in my opinion.
Dark star April 8, 2014 at 07:39 am
Jim Halisband, you win the Patch award (aka a "Patchie") for the category "The MostRead More Affected by Conspiracy Theories". You narrowly edged out the NK high school teacher worried about wifi killing kids. Well done sir.
Rep. Langevin is presented with the Distinguished Service Congressional Award at the Star of Education awards ceremony and spring meeting of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.
Bob April 4, 2014 at 01:10 pm
" longtime supporter of job and skills training programs" seems to be really working outRead More for Rhode Isand ...another fraud in a suit in Washington
EG April 1, 2014 at 09:11 am
Re-post my comment: I am surprised to read "Our schools continue to achieve success. NewsweekRead More has East Greenwich High School ranked in the top 800 schools in the country, higher than any other school in the state." Please be aware a group of school districts boycott Newsweek high school ranking for years. They refuse to send data to Newsweek. It is misleading to claim better than any other school in the state in a race other do not participate. EGHS ranked far behind Classical and Barrington by US News, the most reputable college/high school ranking system in the nation.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 1, 2014 at 09:25 am
Not sure where your comment went, EG. I'll make sure it wasn't flagged. I did see it come in and IRead More didn't remove it, so I'm curious what happened, too.
EG Mom April 1, 2014 at 03:32 pm
What do you say town councilors?
New Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly
george goncalo March 26, 2014 at 04:18 pm
Speaker of a house of idiots. Wow, what an honor.
Einstein March 26, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Wonderfull! I Wonder hope long it will be before he and his Stooges will be arrested. He wasRead More hand-picked by Gordon Fox... That, in itself, speaks volumes.
Lotta Krapp March 26, 2014 at 09:19 pm
: Leo Skenyon, has had a long career as an administrator in the state court system. His lastRead More reported salary: $109,204.81" Wasn't Skenyon the "Administrator" who somehow couldn't account for MILLIONS at the Traffic Tribunal.... What a joke!!!! Yup, Mattiello is going to broker "change"... ROFLMAO
Gordon Fox. Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly
Fed Up March 24, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Last election I was in the Providence Place Mall. After leaving instead of taking 195 back toRead More Tiverton I decided to take a detour through the East Side. There were dozens and dozens of yard signs in the Freeman Plat section of Providence where his district was. I would love to knock on all those doors of those huge homes and ask all those limousine liberals who had his reelection signs in their yards And ask "What do you think of him now?"
Einstein March 24, 2014 at 06:44 pm
Patch Censorship at its Best.
Einstein March 24, 2014 at 07:17 pm
What people don't realize is that Gordon Fox isn't gone, just like Joe Montalbano isn't gone. TheyRead More just go Underground (or is that in a Sewer?)
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Chris12 March 24, 2014 at 11:24 am
SMD - Well stated. VOTE THEM ALL OUT in November
Einstein March 24, 2014 at 06:43 pm
Wow! I heard of Cock Fights, Dog Fights but I never saw a Weasel Fight. Interesting. I think theRead More Fox thing is much ado about nothing... This investigation, aside from garnering press coverage, will go nowhere fast. I'm amazed that everyone is surprised to find that Fox is a Crook. No wonder these Idiots keep getting re-elected. RI'ers are 'Stupid' beyond belief. The last time around a Plastic Bag Salesman and a Lawn Mower Repairman, but the 'Big Fish' clearly got away with Murder. A Judge and a Lobbyist? Give me a break.
Larry Gotch March 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm
(Rhode Island General Assembly File Photo)
FYI March 24, 2014 at 04:33 pm
Just write letters to the president telling him to surprise audit/visit everyone in our state house.Read More I bet they would all love it!!
FYI March 24, 2014 at 04:37 pm
PS I bet that would solve ALL our toll problems!! It IS illegal to toll the Sakonnet RiverRead More Bridge!!!
george goncalo March 24, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Will Foxy's husband get a pension when Foxy goes to the federal slammer? Is Rhode Island trying toRead More keep up with Massachusetts for the number of house leaders who have resigned because of corruption? Tolls on the bridges are illegal and so are all the activities of R.I. legislators!
Gordon Fox. File photo.
Leave RI March 24, 2014 at 03:32 pm
^^ you Otto...out of the gene pool. You're an oxygen thief.
Leave RI March 24, 2014 at 03:36 pm
Fox is the states version of the Poopflinger in chief. A first rate liar and a third rate buncoRead More artist cheating and thieving for personal gain. They both need to go on apology tours. Fox for contributing for the trashing of the state and the poopflinger for trashing the country.
CB11 March 25, 2014 at 08:09 am
He was targeted because he's CORRUPT. Being gay probably protected him FROM being investigated. TheRead More fact that he stepped down so quickly tells me they found something for him to be very worried about.
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Becca March 23, 2014 at 10:06 am
He is just another one... Don't vote him in November!
Gene Chevrette March 23, 2014 at 11:45 am
OK Mattiello take the job but with the understanding that it is a 4 year term only, and then yourRead More out of the speakers position. This way the speaker does not have a stranglehold on all the power. Hopefully the reps will vote for an honest leader who has the citizens of RI in mind every time he makes a decision, rather than the normal agenda that has been there for years. Something has to give. This is the time for change. I'm not too enthusiastic about the outcome of this, after all it is, corrupt RI politics as usual
mrfixit March 23, 2014 at 07:52 pm
boy these politicians are like sharks when the see blood the attack
Becca March 22, 2014 at 09:41 pm
He has his own issues with the colonel & the police dept!
Fed Up March 23, 2014 at 06:43 am
Frank Macedo are you afraid of what was in those documents the FBI took? Your name perhaps?
Jim L March 24, 2014 at 10:30 am
if He doesn't rsign every rep gets ticketed overnite, for parking in a state lot while notRead More helpingthe state h
William F Horan March 22, 2014 at 11:53 am
The RI General Assembly could be associated with mob like RICO behaviors & a companion lateRead More August Ocean Drive low tide odor! Yes, is it finally time to change out the players on this dysfunctional ball team at the next vote. Yes, this concentration of evil must be removed.
Gene Chevrette March 22, 2014 at 04:54 pm
The vultures are already out, and the body is not even cold! Is there is no humanity in ourRead More legislature. Very sad state of affairs for the citizens of RI.
Thedore Barra March 23, 2014 at 07:22 am
yea hes gonna move the money right into his pocket the toll will be tripled so he can take it forRead More vacations
An automated license plate reader. File photo.
Al Smith March 22, 2014 at 09:54 am
I think the bill is too restrictive. The police within strict guidelines should be able to use thisRead More tool in their work. Example: Plate observed in known drug area, and is found stopped on the side of a street in another neighborhood "talking" (most likely dealing) to someone.
my world March 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm
yea pretty soon we will have mandated asshole implants. to see when we farted so they can mail us aRead More ticket for a smog violation!! but remember its all in the name of law enforcement,
my world March 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm
To proud resident; VICTIMS stolen car that's a hoot. I pay insurance for that reason no one is 100%Read More legit not even you ! not cops judges or lawyers bankers priests teachers building inspectors no one !
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Tom Badger March 21, 2014 at 02:42 pm
I think the 3rd coast is the Gulf Coast . To warm and humid in the summers for me pal . Oh I stayRead More here in RI because I have elderly in my family and I'm a senior citizen myself lol . I have my reason's Chris believe me while I cruise around here with a clothes pin on my nose when that skank Nancy Pelosi visits her DemoCRAP relatives in Pawtucket a few times per year lol . Luckily I live a good distance from that cesspool of a sanctuary city pal .
Chris Christensen March 21, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Corpus Christi, TX Tom. I got what you are saying. Have a good weekend.
Tom Badger March 21, 2014 at 06:12 pm
That is a good place Chris . Cheers from Coventry in Central Rhode/Rhouges Island .
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K-Stick March 18, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Rhode Island really needs to stop looking for the quick fix and get serious about change. Start byRead More looking at the name of the state: Rhode ISLAND. We are currently wedged in between two of the highest taxed states in the Union. If we create an economic island in between these two states, an island with less regulatory-red-tape, with more aggressive STATE-WIDE tax incentives (not just the ones that drive 52-year old businesses out of state), people will come to Rhode Island for things like gas, cigarettes, clothing, tourism. Take advantage of the things we have that make business more competitive: I-95 corridor, rail, short and global shipping...Then, incentivize schools to not just encourage students to go to college, but to learn a trade, and invest in domestic manufacturing. Why should we subsidize URI to make students who will enter the RI (9.2% unemployment) Job market? They're just going to leave RI to find work...subsidize building a manufacturing base here in little Rhodey. All this BS about a quick fix is going to keep the status quo...oh, and you know what else will keep the status quo? Re-electing our state leaders who have been driving us into the ground. And if you think it's everyone else's fault and your local rep is working for you? Guess again, they are part of the culture that is driving us deeper and deeper into the hole.
Steven r March 19, 2014 at 06:43 am
I guess the existing companies do not count
Moses Calouro March 19, 2014 at 08:50 am
The EDC/RI Commerce Corp (Famous for backing 38 Studios) should have a plan in the can for boostingRead More business in RI. They have come up with some great ones like Mass Exodus which brought competition for our company straight to providence with free competitor advertising and state business. The state needs to back existing RI businesses and not allow competitors to move in next door, steal employees, and obtain large competitive advantages by not paying taxes.
Einstein March 16, 2014 at 06:05 pm
'Music Registry'... Another Money Grab by the Morons in the General Assembly. JOBS, Boys andRead More Girls... JOBS.
Einstein March 16, 2014 at 06:07 pm
Innovative Health Care Delivery? Try signing on through HealthsourceRI... It's a JOKE. As for theRead More new HC Authority... Some Lemming Relatives and Friends must need jobs. Real JOBS Boys and Girls... Not those created for your Friends.
Einstein March 16, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Constitutional Convention Questions? Held for Further Study and Buried in Paiva-Weed and Fox's BackRead More Yards.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) March 15, 2014 at 06:45 am
My pleasure. I would have liked to chat some and get names, but the meeting rolled on. Feel free toRead More send me an email mark.schieldrop@patch.com and I'd love to report on more things going on with the scouts.
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C Wayne Craft March 16, 2014 at 09:32 am
I don't believe that we should use this technology to circumvent our obligations as elected, orRead More appointed officials. In this case when someone spends thousands of dollars to get elected, and commit to attending there respective meetings, they should at the very least,be available to the public.
Politics Sheriff of NK March 16, 2014 at 01:21 pm
They need software that allows the public to watch, archive the meeting for future public access,Read More and for the members of the public to speak as if at a real meeting. Then it should be tried on a limited basis and evaluated from there.
Gerryann Ashworth March 16, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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