It’s Not So Hard

It’s Not So Hard

By Bob Houghtaling  Wearing a mask should have nothing to do with politics. It’s really more about taking the advice from medical professionals to protect others. The coronavirus has forced us into a deeper state of mistrust so that now science is being attacked by...
He’s Back

He’s Back

By Bob Houghtaling Civil Rights icon John Lewis recently passed away after battling a long-term illness. His courage, leadership and adherence to the precepts of Martin Luther King earned him great respect. They also got him into “good trouble” from...
Stories

Stories

By Bob Houghtaling History is often written by the winners or those in power. Unfortunately, this often leads to a skewed perception of reality as well as the perpetuation of marginalization for those not in power. Today too many continue to experience a different...
Op/Ed: New EG Budget Year Begins During Pandemic

Op/Ed: New EG Budget Year Begins During Pandemic

By Mark Schwager The views expressed below are my own and are not an official communication from the Town Council or Town of East Greenwich.  Finishing the Town Budget for 2021 was a difficult process. We face dramatic uncertainty due to the ongoing impact of the...
Op/Ed: Another Perspective on Those Jailhouse Door Statues

Op/Ed: Another Perspective on Those Jailhouse Door Statues

By Alex Vidmar Amid timely critiques of our policing system that are but one facet of systemic anti-Black racism in the United States, recent discussions have turned to the place of monuments memorializing ugly moments of our history. As a lover of history and a...
Wherefore the Statues O’er the Jailhouse Doors?

Wherefore the Statues O’er the Jailhouse Doors?

Above: Scalloptown residential shanties 1930s. By Alan F. Clarke  “I am not informed as to who the artist may have been, to whom we were indebted for the statues of the malefactors which adorned the front of the jail … whatever footprints he may have left upon the...