At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The 35th Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to the wave-struck shore of Narragansett Town Beach. Tonight at 8 p.m., residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of violins, cellos, and other instruments carrying through the evening air.
The event is sponsored by Citizenâ€™s Bank and admission is free, although the town asks that attendees give donations if at all possible. Those who come to see the event are also asked to arrive early as space on the beach is limited.