ROLAND LAVALLEE: Knowing Your Rights Isn’t Everything, Exercising Them is the Only Thing

I had to cancel several indoor ticketed January events, because Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee announced he was going to sign an executive order in the coming days that would impose yet another indoor mask mandate. To my surprise, according to the RI state website, a medical exemption would still apply.

IRREPARABLE HARM: Rhode Island Dad Tells His Story Of Mckee’s School Mask Mandate

I have two children in elementary school in Rhode Island. All summer they’ve been all over the state, including restaurants, movie theaters, gaming facilities, water parks, and trampoline parks. None of these facilities require masking, nor should they.

Parent plaintiff pleads for “help” for his daughter suffering from school mask mandates

Case Number: PC-2021-05915 Filed in Providence/Bristol County Superior Court Plaintiff, Jonathan Barrett, is a resident of Glocester, Rhode Island. The reasons for his bringing this lawsuit are as follows: I have witnessed the deterioration and decline in my daughter’s interest in going to school and doing her best work while these mask mandates have been […]

Notre Dame Law Professor Rebukes RI Superior Court Judge Lanphear

by Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. Last month Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ruled against a group of school parents who sought to enjoin enforcement of Governor McKee’s school-mask mandate.  Judge  Lanphear’s legal analysis was seriously flawed and his conclusion to uphold the mandate was mistaken.  I expect that […]

Governor McKee Stole My Providence Bruins Hockey Tickets

By Roland Lavallee Gov. McKee decreed in a 12/15/21 COVID briefing that venues seating 250 or more must require the use of masks, regardless of vaccination status. I am a Providence Bruins Black Level Member (as I’ve been for years) for the 2021-22 season which grants me an assigned seat for 20 games plus some […]

School Social Worker’s Tragic Firing over Vax Mandate

Hi Ocean State Current:  I wanted to share my story with you about my experience with the healthcare mandate. I was a school social worker in a local public school for the past 4 years. I worked in person most of this pandemic, supporting the children, teachers and community. In my previous school, the teachers […]


Dear Governor McKee, I am a life-long Rhode Islander, a practicing physician, and an independent voter. I am writing to you regarding the potential for another indoor mask mandate in Rhode Island, and any other potential COVID-related restrictions that people around you may suggest would be helpful. I can tell you that myself, and the […]

COVID Compliance and Killing Kids

Although the bureaucratic experts who continue to suppress our lives (and the journalists who enable them) might believe differently, numbers showing that compliance rules had little, if any, effect on the pandemic aren’t some interesting abstract datapoints on a page.

Can the COVID Education Wasteland Change the Political Dynamic?

Will the narrative vulnerability of the education-reform cause still hold in the face of the COVID response’s educational wasteland? It would be nice if somebody would take some sort of action to help us find out.

McKee’s RI-Same-Old COVID Task Force

With this panel, McKee seems to be sending a signal about who really matters in the state. That may not be his intent, but it’s something upon which he’ll have to improve quickly now that he’s achieved the big chair.

COVID Coming to an End in RI Despite the Queen?

With scary news that RI has one of the worst COVID-19 infection rates in the world, it’s worth revisiting a concept about which we’ve heard absolutely nothing in the Rhode Island media: active cases.

Roland Benjamin: COVID-19 Lockdown: The Preferred Intervention of the Elite

It is commonly accepted that an effective vaccine for COVID-19 will save lives.

The vaccine, be it BioNTech’s, Moderna’s, or any other pharmaceutical intervention, will most effectively bring an end to the COVID era. The “science” needed to bring this intervention into the world is astounding, with tens of thousands of test subjects undergoing trials for each version. Months and months and months of careful testing, and yet A SINGLE ADVERSE EVENT among any of the study participants halts the progress. One event. Savings lives is critical, so long as no harm is done in the process.

Simultaneously, governments all over the world have become obsessed with their own interventions. The non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) range from mask mandates, to required testing, to full scale economic lockdown. In the most extreme, China even resorted to welding people into their homes.

There has been no shortage of speculation that the lockdowns have caused harm. The argument has always been that they save lives by mitigating spread, but there really has not been comprehensive proof of that. Florida and California, two comparable states in climate and demography, have had comparable disease spreads with remarkably different approaches to inhibiting its residents. In other words, the NPIs adopted by California, draconian in some respects, have not proven any more effective than the “control group”…Florida’s non-interventionist approach.