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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.
Otters. File photo.
steven rouleau April 15, 2014 at 09:14 am
OK so, it seems to me that no person on here that commented has contacted their rep to get theRead More purpose of this bill. I am the person who had contacted rep chippendale to draft this bill. A few points: 1 This bill would NOT open a hunting season on otters! This bill would put the authority back in the hands of RIDEM to manage otters if need be. 2 Rhode Island is the only state on the east coast without and otter management plan in place because of this law. 3 River otters are the only native species in the state that RIDEM cannot manage 4 River otters are over abundant in this state. If you walk around most lakes,pond or rivers in RI you will see otter sign everywhere. They are mostly nocturnal, that is why they are not seen when walking through the woods on a daily basis. I will ask, how many other species do you see while walking through the woods? 5 I have had many calls over the years from people with trout ponds that were decimated by otters, ornamental goldfish ponds that otters have ruined, baby pet ducks that have been killed all at once by otters...etc. 6 Those of you who think we should "hunt" representative Chippendale, you are just showing your lack of intelligence by making threatening comments! 7 There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of proposed bills put forth by state reps each year on behalf of constituents. I agree this bill would not end potholes, put people to work, lower taxes etc. But if a constituent feels it is something that needs to be addressed, your rep will do their best to move it forward for you.
steven rouleau April 15, 2014 at 09:49 am
Please feel free to debate me on this subject!
steven rouleau April 16, 2014 at 06:07 am
I guess you DOA people don't want to speak to someone that is sane!
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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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Cheap Guy April 11, 2014 at 09:49 pm
The opposite would be nice, If kids had to accompany their parents (or even their grand-parents toRead More their work-place) once each year. Kids could learn what the real world is like.
skeeter April 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Stupid.
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…
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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)
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.
Town resident for many years April 3, 2014 at 09:45 am
Let's hope he can do something about the tolls!
Jim L April 3, 2014 at 03:11 pm
to me that is very good for the anti toll fight Dennis does whats needed not what the party wants,Read More excellent choice
Moe Larry & Curley March 30, 2014 at 05:36 pm
Jim, I'm not saying the petition wasn't sort of important. I personally signed it 6-8 times. But theRead More petition died out almost a year ago and Jay has kept right on working since then.
Abe Lincoln March 31, 2014 at 08:19 am
You should all listen to Jim L! He will fight and and advance for you all! I can't get McClellan toRead More do a GD thing!
C sanders April 1, 2014 at 08:06 am
There's no doubt Jim made many people aware of the tolls that would have been in the dark . GreatRead More Job Jim L !
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
Jack Baillargeron March 26, 2014 at 11:56 am
Still waiting for one these nuts to give an example of all these so called (assault weapons) whichRead More really are not. Just scary looking rifle to the uninformed like him and the anti gun crowd. Being used in this State for criminal acts. Not to mention their belief ( from watch television shows) that a single bullet stops a criminal who just broke in to you house to kill you and your family. Naturally you know the criminal will not follow his insane and utterly stupid laws that accomplish nothing but penalizing Honest law abiding citizens. Why is it when so nut commits a crime using a gun these politicians and anti gun nuts go after the on segment of the population that had nothing to do with the crime. 87 Million Owners of arms in this Country in possession of estimates over 330 million arms and that's who you blame. How about enforce the current laws of which there are estimated to be over 20,000 when you include regulation (State Local an federal) and local ordinances in the is Country. What do they not under stand about the RI Constitution which clearly states in Article 1 Section 22. "The right of the people to own and bear arms SHALL not be infringed". No our Constitution does not say anything else about it, no militia, no regulate, no restriction on magazines etc. Those are all Infringements.
Tom Keefe March 26, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Sounds like an apology the classroom bully would write: "Hit me first!"
Rusty March 26, 2014 at 02:16 pm
I see Diversity training in his future ..haha
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
Scituate?
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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
george goncalo March 21, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Does Linc know how to sign his name? What a dumbo. He is the stupidest governor in the nation.
Mark B March 25, 2014 at 02:04 pm
We as Rhode Islanders can save millions a year by getting rid of the RIBTA. If this isn't theRead More biggest waste of money, employing people to watch bridges in our state! I see these guys in their F350's driving around doing what? One guy was on the side of the Mt. Hope Bridge picking up trash, don't our inmates do that? And why is a guy from North Kingston doing everything in his power to push the tolls on the bridge? Does this guy even know where Aquidneck Island even is? Does he understand that Newport, RI brings in 33% of the revenue for this state? This state better focus on staying a state before we have to beg CT or MA to take us over because our ridiculously overpaid government officials are too stupid to understand the running problems we have right in front of us.
Concerned Resident March 26, 2014 at 08:27 am
mark, good job - same message with a different name. you mention newport without mentioning the pellRead More bridge tolls?? has pell bridge tolls hurt newport?? I'm sure that you protested pell bridge tolls, did you give up?? $0.50 sak bridge toll is going to crush newport?? $0.50 is less than the dd coffee you purchase every morning. hey here’s a thought, why don't we increase taxes so that you can cross the sak bridge for $0 why are you stalking "these" guys on a bridge that by the way does not have a toll? seems that you think that once built maintenance is not required! time for you grow up and do something constructive with your time because let’s face it you feel the state revolves around you and the sak bridge.
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 .
Judy B March 21, 2014 at 12:14 am
Mr. George Costanza, how did you find out about the RITBA board members pay?
Jim L March 21, 2014 at 10:59 am
just google it
Tim March 22, 2014 at 10:52 am
This may be petty in the grand scheme of things, but they can't even get the fancy lights in theRead More center of the new bridge to work, and they want to charge more to cross? The RITBA has to go... And to all who say "you bought a house on an island" most of us do not live here for the "prestige" of living on an island. I'm a working class stiff, just like working class stiffs from Warwick, Bristol, Providence, Cumberland or Hope Valley...
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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.
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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
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
Credit: Rhode Island Shore Access Coalition
Chris Christensen March 17, 2014 at 10:33 am
Public right of way is well spelled out in the law. I believe that it is Old English Law. What isRead More not given in the law is your right as a citizen to cross private property without permission to get to the shoreline right of way. If someone does not like that...take your money and move to a country where the Gov't gives no personal rights at all. It owns and controls everything. If there is no way to get to that nice rock outcrop sticking out into the water or that piece of sandy beach between the rock outcrops then get you a boat and go or buy the land which will allow you direct access to it. If you go across private property to get to it the owner has every right to sic the junk yard dogs on ya!
Linda Gray March 17, 2014 at 11:29 am
Thanks you, Chris.
Jim L March 17, 2014 at 11:53 am
that being said, if you get to the shore via any public right of way in the state of RI then youRead More have the right to go anywhere below the average high tide mark, if you parked at Sawpowet and wish to walk to Fogland you may do so When you come to the jetty in the middle you may climb across or wade around , aslong as you remain below that mark you are with in your rights as a citizen