In Washington and Rhode Island, journalists have been complaining about an increasing lack of respect among elected officials (mainly Democrats) for their authority, but will it change the fundamentals of their coverage?
The warning signs for civil unrest are all there, plain to see, but America’s ruling class is marching along nonetheless
Rhode Island doesn’t need tolls. What it needs is a greater number of people taking William F. Buckley, Jr.’s advice to yell Stop.
Comparing Donald Trump to Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini should cause a giant light bulb to go off for liberal journalists about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
It isn’t mere coincidence that Rhode Island is simultaneously poorly run and uncharitable.
With the release of Rhode Island’s abysmal results on its first round of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, the adults who ought to be held accountable for the travesty are out in force to redirect blame.
Joseph Crowley, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals, insists (in the words of his headline) “Poverty, not schools” are “to blame for low scores” (Commentary, Nov. 27). Meg O’Leary and Sarah Friedman, co-directors of The Learning Community charter school, agree but promise that more money for lower-income districts is a solution (“Change formula to help poor,” Commentary, Nov. 16). Anna Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and chairwoman of the Central Falls School District’s Board of Trustees, says we’re not doing enough to help Latino and English-learning students (“R.I. must close learning gap,” Commentary, Nov. 29).
On and off the commentary pages, the excuses fly, most of them demanding more money or calling for an end to the last traces of reform. In a bad spot out of the gate, Rhode Island’s new education commissioner, Ken Wagner, responded to unsatisfactory results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests by saying the state must have “the will to persist in what we know works” (“Notes of caution as R.I. scores dip in latest ‘Nation’s Report Card’,” news, Oct. 28).
Fine, but what “works”? When the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity put together an online tool to track NAEP scores across the country, the first observation to jump off the screen was that nine years of accelerating improvement in Rhode Island came to a halt after 2011. Something had stopped working.
Making up for past advantage from racism is an impossible and immoral task; better to move on from our current moment.
With the realization that it’d be impossible to parody the Saga of the Dancing Cop, here’s a song to mark this moment of loss for quirky Rhode Island.
The greater outrage in Donald Trump’s statement about excluding Muslims from immigration is that he’s correct in questioning whether our country’s representatives know what’s going on.
Want the source of “institutional racism” resulting in disparate imprisonment statistics? Look to big government and liberal social policies.
Whether in Chicago or Rhode Island, the progressive project is a society in which government officials have power to force their own policies on the people and collect lots of money.
The Dancing Cop controversy ought to lead reasonable people to consider whether activists are deliberately striving to break down the walls that allow us to remain together as a reasonable community.
Arthur Christopher Schaper says the targeting of Dancing Cop Tony Lepore is about much more than local controversy.
The issue of Syrian refugees may be of minimal practical consequence, in Rhode Island, but it’s an excellent case study in defining what actions morality requires of us.
The modern West has shifted its goals too much to doing something worthy of a movie to the detriment of things that are simply worthy.
The bizarre argument over Muslim celebrations in New Jersey 14 years ago is indicative of a larger societal problem that we need to address.
James Kennedy suggests that the first question Rhode Islanders should answer is why they need the 6/10 Connector in the first place.
The heated debate over accepting refugees from the Middle East in greater numbers than usual cannot skip the most-important consideration: Whether the American people can trust their government.
Today’s readings at Catholic Masses could shed light on world events, if we have the wisdom to look clearly at both.
Neil Cavuto’s interview with an organizer of the Million Student Whine illustrates that progressives aren’t serious people, even if they are dangerous.
Kenneth Woods says proposals by Rhode Island Republicans and the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity make more sense than the Raimondo-Mattiello toll-and-borrow plan for Rhode Island’s infrastructure.
Tennessee Ernie Ford sold his soul to the company store, but Rhode Islanders are being asked to pay seventeen tolls in order to get a phony quasi-public half-a-billion in debt.
A side in a civil war that mainly wants to destroy the landscape never really “loses.”
A parody to the tune of “Short People”: We don’t want no white privilege ’round here.
The word “diversity” as meant by the governor and the Providence Journal is used as cover and misdirection to advance their own agendas.
Loneliness may be a tool of totalitarians, and the only remedy for loneliness is personal connection.
The now-probable imposition of tolls across Rhode Island may be the linchpin of calamity for the state.
Arthur Christopher Schaper wonders whether Lincoln Chafee’s run for president might be a benefit in disguise to the candidate’s home state.
Transport activist James Kennedy suggests that Rhode Island infrastructure repairs and maintenance should be paid through more user fees (like tolls), but that the GOP’s suggested spending reductions in other areas should go toward tax cuts.
When a U.S. Senator is treating political opponents as comparable to Scarface, it’s a safe bet that some special interest has something to gain.