Thursday, October 18

I've seen a few moderators of local community discussion pages express frustration of late about the volume of complaints and questions they see about trash collection. The most frequent question is on when trash collection day for a certain street is supposed to be. If you've lived on a street more than a week, shouldn't it be obvious?

Even trash collection on a holiday week is pretty standard. Most communities delay trash day by one day when there's a Monday holiday. Even if you...

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Friday, June 22

Much has been made of gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown's reported endorsement by the Pawtucket Democratic City Committee this week. Brown tweeted on June 20 that he was honored to receive the endorsement. As WPRI's Ted Nesi pointed out, this is an endorsement in the urban core, "a vote-rich area for Dems."

But Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Mary Bray told me Friday that she and other members of the group advised Brown not to announce the "very close" endorsement until they'd...

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Friday, January 12

If I want to know your opinion on whether I should or shouldn't be eating something, I'll ask you for it.

More and more, it seems, people feel the need to lecture others on what they firmly believe to be killing them. Certain sweeteners, fat, sugar, gluten, tomatoes, it's all going to end your life in horrible ways.

If people were truly concerned about me, that would be one thing, but most seem interested only in showing what lean, mean machines they've become by being better...

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Thursday, January 11

The impromptu special election race for the Senate District 8 seat vacated by Jamie Doyle this week appears to be attracting a lot more interest than if it were a general election race. If Republicans and independents jump in, I wouldn't be surprised to see 10 candidates file for the seat.

That is due in no small part to the fact that Democrats know they'll only have to do a few short weeks of campaigning for an election that will likely have a very small turnout. With at least five...

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Wednesday, December 27

On Nov. 21 I tweeted my goal to buy every one of my Christmas presents from a local person or store. Many responded to my tweet with similar comments, but some told me at that time that they didn't think I'd be able to do it.

Well I did #shopsmall all holiday season, and our local communities are better for it. With the exception of one stocking stuffer to my wife – a piece for her camera that I had to order special – all presents were purchased from local stores and vendors. Along...

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Thursday, November 16

I've seen some pretty aggressive responses when it comes to stories or videos about snow. Most people either love it or hate it, and they're not shy about sharing their feelings. I'm in the love camp

On Nov. 14 I posted the below video of the season's first snowfall. It was really just a little morning spitting, but it got me excited, so I posted it, with the caption "Welcome back, snow."

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Saturday, November 4

The longer I'm in this news business the more I question the motives behind criticism.

Let me explain. Without people criticizing public officials and the decisions they make, my job would be a lot more boring, and local communities would be a lot less healthy, but what I'm discovering more often than not is that the criticism is either political or personal.

Take, for example, last year's barrage of criticism from residents during the North Providence mayoral race about the...

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Friday, August 18

Opponents of a plan to have the city of Pawtucket and state of Rhode Island help subsidize a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox love to throw around broad pronouncements about baseball dying and no one going to games anymore.

"But the stadium is never filled...even on the nights where we have fireworks," said one opponent on social media.

Whether you're for or against the stadium getting money from taxpayers, honesty is still important in this debate.

The fact is that...

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Friday, July 14

Many of the same people who hurl accusations that "the media" delivers fake news are the biggest violators when it comes to spreading false stories on social media.

I've seen it over and over: Someone posts an old picture to make a point, gets corrected, then says, "well, that's irrelevant, there are plenty of other examples of this."

That's exactly the point. There are usually plenty of other accurate examples to make your point with, so why go the lazy route and kill your...

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Thursday, July 13

Justin Katz is again using something I've written to make his own very different point.

The latest example comes in a blog post about my blog post.

"Shorey’s right, too, to wonder how rhetoric about reform of broad national health policy can be called 'immoral' for removing mandates for insurance coverage and seeking to reform a welfare...

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