A movement is afoot to install some fresh faces in the General Assembly. Of course, that's difficult to do when candidates have already been the subject of investigative reports and local controversy.
Thanks to retirement rules, Providence is providing more than two healthcare benefits for every actual full-time position it currently funds. Say it with me, this is not sustainable.
It's not a matter of immediate concern, yet, in the United States, but European experience with the burqa and lesser veils suggests that we would do well to adjust our culture in preparation, perhaps thereby to avoid the need for legal bans.
Property values went down in Central Falls, RI, and the government is increasing its overall take, saddling homeowners with a near doubling of their tax rate.
Teaching is not a matter of untestable magic.
William Lobdell blames the hypocrisy of Christians for others' loss of faith. I'd say the attacks of the likes of Lobdell bear more responsibility.
School administrators in Cumberland, RI, apparently believe that sacrifice is when teachers receive smaller raises than they're used to.
The ugly situation in Central Falls is getting uglier, with the city council hiring an independent lawyer against the wishes of the city's new receiver-king and with no plan to pay the bill.
A parable from Afghanistan seems like it might be applicable to cross-cultural dialogue.
Monique Chartier took last night's Anchor Rising spot on the Matt Allen Show.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie not only offers a political model, he raises notions about potential changes to political structure.
Sometimes it's just spending money.
What the Obama administration's green-car fetish essentially does is to subsidize cars for the rich at the expense of taxpayers and the economy.
Rhode Island has made the second cut for Race to the Top funds. I'm not excited.
A California study found that some teachers are better than others. It's just the latest evidence that we all know what needs to be done but have difficulty talking about it.
To the extent that "terrorism is the weapon of the marginalized," it's not the West doing the marginalization, but dictators and their ideology.
The Deepwater Wind project remains a bad deal. Wonder whom Rhode Islanders will blame when the economy continues its sour state for decades to come...
The visible marks that we leave in life are mere reminders of the eternal marks that we leave even in death.
A local artisan-artist takes old materials and makes furniture and artwork. A very conservative activity, if you ask me.
Whenever actual numbers are applied to public-sector pension deals, it makes one reel at the unreasonableness of it.
Rich people's "giving back" doesn't imply that they've taken something; it implies that they've received something.
A seemingly random death at a Boston bar isn't that random, if you think about it.
Peter Robinson's interview of Thomas Sowell brings forth some interesting questions.
The folks with contaminated land in Tiverton continue to have difficulty fixing the problem, and I continue to think that a different, less litigious, route should have been pursued from the beginning.
Anchor Rising's readers are missing the point on Central Falls. It's all about the precedent.
The ACLU versus a school dress code. Absurd.
One of the poorest communities in Rhode Island is now facing a truly massive tax increase at the hands of a very well paid dictator, because the state of Rhode Island believes its bond rating trumps democracy.
How many disabled police pensioners is too many? I don't know.
Sometimes strings on big government spending aren't immediately imposed.
Brevity should mean that each word contains more content, not less.
What's changed in the same-sex marriage debate, over the last forty years, is not the law or reality, but the attitudes of the ruling elite.
A state-appointed receiver for the city of Central Falls has the power to completely restructure town government, voters' wishes irrelevant, yet he has no choice but to pay a previous appointee whatever he decides to bill for his services?
Giving in to the habits of modern technology may just prep us for lives as manipulated slaves.
Changing the people in the General Assembly is step number 1 for Rhode Island.
Insiders in the higher education industry are fretting that more people need their product. I think the opposite is true.
The first batch of students for whom recent state graduation requirements will be binding will soon be reaching their senior years, and many won't be eligible for diplomas. That's not a problem with the standards; it's a problem with the system.
I don't see any mystery to ending the recession. Just get the government out of the way.
When the ACLU teams up with right-leaning taxpayer groups, public officials in Tiverton should reconsider not only their defamation lawsuit against a private citizen, but also whether they should remain in office.
From the perspective of global jihadis, I'm not so sure the United States hasn't been proving its weakness.
"Demanding" religions thrive, and they aren't ultimately demanding so much as rewarding.
So, the feds have busted some Medicare scammers. My question: couldn't we have done that without costly new mandates and a reordering of our method of healthcare delivery?
Education loans are a skyrocketing form of debt, in the United States. It makes me wonder whether it mightn't make for a valuable differentiator for colleges and universities to begin offering guarantees that the education provided will enable graduates to pay off their loans.
As Ross Douthat writes, traditional marriage is an ideal that legalizing same-sex marriage will prevent us from recognizing.
It's disheartening to see RI's General Assembly get away with a scheme to increase taxes while getting credit for cutting them.
I objected to government borrowing to prop up its on workforce on last night's Matt Allen Show.
The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved the controversial offshore wind energy contract, and I'm not optimistic.
Rhode Island's lack of a boat tax should set the tone for its entire tax code.
With the economy still sputtering, can we at last propose that the policies of the current administration and Congress are to blame?
Why do we hear much about wars for oil, when there's an excuse to decry them, but not so much from the same circles when an American President manipulates the energy industry and extracts private-sector money to plug the holes thus created?
Big government refuses to manage itself well or to adjust for hard times, so the feds just take money out of the future economy to subsidize unaffordable or unnecessary labor.
The potential for misuse of smartgrid technology is too great for its widespread implementation to be advisable.
These little nuggets of clearly wrongheaded provisions in the ObamaCare legislation should not be an excuse to change the costs or tax structure of the legislation after the fact. Repeal the bill, or repair it within itself.
Don't believe that the "multiplier effect" makes unemployment benefits a significant investment in the economy
Professor Stephen Mathis thinks it's absurd to believe that the Second Amendment creates a "right to revolution." His spun language notwithstanding, I think he's wrong.
It seems as if a number of factors contribute to kids reluctance to work (and parents' reluctance to push them to), these days.
The key to bringing the haughty down a notch is to strive to better ourselves.
I'd suggest that it's kind of the point that the Bible is meant to be interpreted.
Not unusually, Tom Sgouros's thinking points to a fundamental difference in political philosophy. I believe government should adjust to the clear desires of the people it represents; he believes it should manipulate those people to maintain its services and internal benefits.
The New York Times has admitted, in the most minimal way possible, that Tea Party members gave no evidence of racism on the steps of the Capitol. Months later. And hedged.
If anybody actually believed Nancy Pelosi's intention to operate by a "Word-based" public policy (as in the Son of God), she surely wouldn't get away with claiming to do so.
Bell, California, has helpfully offered an extreme illustration of excessive public-sector compensation. The "comparable pay to the private sector" claim is not necessarily true, anymore.
Government should strive to provide a better product more efficiently; it should not undertake economic risks with the hope of profit.
I suspect suspicious motives among those reluctant to admit that abstinence-only education works.
Arthur Laffer explains the folly of trying to tax ourselves to prosperity. Sadly, we're at least months away from elected leadership that will heed the advice.
Monique Chartier covered a range of topics during Anchor Rising's Wednesday call in to the Matt Allen Show.
A judge in California has made same-sex marriage a federal issue. I'd suggest that there are much bigger considerations involved in the immediate issue.
It's not really a news flash that non-Israel neighbors of Iran are concerned about its approach to nuclear power.
Some folks think Rhode Island's rulers were productive, this political year. That may be true, but not in a good way.
George Weigel has an interesting article seeking to forge a new approach to foreign policy that negates U.S. oscillation between realism and idealism.
How do we save the environment? Human advancement.
The decline of dance, as an art form, indicates to me that the time has come for the envelope to be pushed back in a traditional (and religious) direction.
Sad to say, but it's actually an excellent observation that the entire country's staggering economy gives Rhode Island an opportunity to pull out of the back of the pack.
It seems I've been hearing regular anecdotes about secularists simply omitting God from literary works that made reference to Him.
If only public schools more broadly took the attitude of growth and advancement of a help-wanted ad for substitute teachers.
The question of life, I propose, is whose story we care to tell.
An interesting aspect of Rhode Island's gubernatorial race is that the "independent" candidate, Linc Chafee, is the best hope of the society-strangling inside special interests.
As the U.S. ruling class pushes a reluctant nation toward centrally managed healthcare, the very examples that they cite for the move are headed the other way.