An interesting first in Tiverton politics, at least to my experience.
High-deductible plans are no more confusing than health care already is, and they're the only plausible route out of the industry's fatal inflation spiral.
Reports of "bias" incidents at URI strike me as evidence that the university is too interested in soliciting reports.
Andrew Morse introduced Matt Allen to the beginnings of a philosophy of unions, as it were.
Condoleezza Rice's memoir provides evidence for the argument that racial equality should have emphasized faith, family, and dedication.
I'll be sharing my experience as a blue-state blogger with the Providence College Republicans tonight at 7:30 p.m., in room 112 of the Providence College Slavin Center. Admission is free and open to the public if you're inclined to swing by.
No markers suggest proximate improvement of education in Rhode Island.
'Round and 'round the free healthcare of RI legislators goes.
That responsible people are cohabiting doesn't mean that it's just fine for them not to get married.
Arguments about "socialism" tend to become mired in definitions, rather than substance.
Improving graduation rates should be built into the investment that we're already making in schools.
RI isn't trapped in Groundhog Day, but in the winter of the White Witch.
State and local governments can no longer afford to pay such large portions of their taxes out to employees who no longer work for them.
Experts attempting to prescribe an economic development strategy should begin with the principle that government must get out of the way.
Statists require a society that's free enough to stumble over itself and into the government's arms.
RI Ed. Commissioner Deborah Gist has blinked in the struggle to improve education in RI, and it won't go unnoticed.
I've posted two Anchor Rising visits to the Matt Allen Show, one by Monique and one by Marc.
Legislation to end the Caruolo Act, which allows school committees to sue their towns, has been filed, as it should be every year.
My column, this week, laments pick-and-choose support for democracy.
The political deck may be shuffling and separating, and it's probably a good thing.
To buck their early layoff deadline, school districts should just lay off everybody every year.
Rather than focusing on "tolerance," Governor Chafee should target a broader economic freedom.
From time to time, over the years, I’ve filled this space with sentimental posts about the loss of my dog, the death of a rock star, or the passing of some Internet acquaintance whom I’ve hardly known. Not infrequently, when my writing took such a turn, my mother would email to note something profound in the words or to carry on the deeper conversation with me. Now that it is she who has died, literary virtuosity is not so comfortably within my grasp.
Oh, I’ve been writing. Some two dozen single-spaced sheets of digital office paper are now filled in my attempt to come to terms with her passing even to convince myself that it's real. But there's less profundity than loss, or rather, that which is profound is so huge as to have no detail to the horizon and is opaque beneath the undulating waves of plans that will remain forever imaginary. No neat summary of my emotions is conceivable. "What now" is not a statement, but an honest and heart-rending question.
Moreover, those pages are unpublishable, not just because they lack conclusion, but because Mom was not one to have her ordeals displayed in public, and the intricate feelings of her son upon her death seem to me as much her ordeal as mine. Maybe someday, I'll cloak them in verse or fiction and mark her influence indirectly through the homage of a dedication.
My mother has always been a critical part of the audience for which I've written, even when I intended my writing to have no audience. Now I can only pray that she is, in literal fact, an audience not only of that which is henceforth unpublished, but also that which has heretofore been unsaid.
And I can only be grateful that, whatever difficulties I caused her, I never failed to say that which I will not fail to say, now: I love you, Mom.
Sally Anne Potter Katz
At some point, the unemployed have to take responsibility... and drastic action.
A field of legislators who can afford to forgo official benefits is not necessarily desirable.
Questions of optimism versus pessimism require context; one can be optimistic on one level and pessimistic on another.
The American spirit may be changing, and it won't be a healthy development.
Marijuana may be a gateway to harder drugs, but if the gate that it opens is illegality, then that's not an argument against legalizing it.
If religion sometimes tries to fill the gaps of science with God, science strives often to coat the order of the universe with a faith-based chaos.
Political labels applied to RI House committee chairs can be revealing.
Vitriol against RI's bishop indicates a fear and aggression that is much broader in its application.
Andrew Morse explained to Matt Allen how legislators can make sure their bills actually get a committee discussion.
That minimum test scores are not all doesn't mean that they aren't justified as requirements.
Nuclear disarmament mightn't serve the cause of peace.
ObamaCare will not suspect the law of supply and demand.
Religious protections in proposed RI same-sex marriage legislation are not as broad as some might expect.
Public employees work for the people, not the governor.
Marriage should not be treated as a path toward universal healthcare.
One would think that economic signs would turn public official around, but they won't.