Observations from a Circle of Rhode Island

A local errand that became a statewide journey thanks to our government’s response to COVID-19 led me to three observations, yesterday:

  1. Judged by traffic and parking, it isn’t summer in Newport.  It’s an unusually warm January.
  2. Toll gantries are now everywhere — scarring the landscape, looming, awaiting the flip of a switch that will start the flow of money from your bank account into the state’s poorly managed coffers.
  3. Every third piece of litter along the highway is a mask.

We’ve all heard the scary anecdotes from the small minority of people infected with COVID-19 who got the worst of it, and we’ve all been conditioned to feel a shiver of fear when more than 0.0001 of the state’s population tests positive on a given day.  Still, in a year from now, these observations that nobody has been mentioning may prove to have been more consequential.

A year ago, models predicting a different climate a century from now were treated as harbingers of an existential threat.  Yet, nobody seems concerned that we’ve turned summer into winter on America’s Cup Ave.


Of the following two issues related to Rhode Island’s public schools, which one is a greater concern?

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