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February 19th

Is American democracy beginning to unravel?

February 19, 2014

A few centuries ago it was pretty much taken for granted among political thinkers that democracy – that is, government by the people, as opposed to government by kings or nobles – could not long survive. This belief was based on a study of ancient democracies. Some of these ancient democracies had short but brilliant live, e.g., Athens. At first they were vibrant, creative, and prosperous. Then they got fat and lazy. Finally they were taken over by a foreign power or by a home-grown tyrant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

It’s high time to regulate and tax marijuana in RI

February 19, 2014

Marijuana policy reform is a hot topic these days in Rhode Island and across the country. Over the last three years, we’ve been discussing the issue with constituents, colleagues, opinion leaders and activists on both sides of the issue. Our conversations have led us to two points of agreement:

• Our current marijuana policy has failed. For instance, studies indicate an increase in youth marijuana use and that it is easy for them to get it.

• Most Rhode Islanders are ready for change.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pell is the gubernatorial candidate with room to grow

February 19, 2014

In the end, despite all their bravado and bluffing, neither the unions nor the state officials batting over the 2011 pension reform law wanted to take their chances on how the five wise souls of the RI Supreme Court would rule on the constitutional issue at stake: Can the General Assembly make legislative changes to employee pensions after the workers and retirees have spent their careers paying into the system?

In this game of chicken, the unions appear to have flinched first.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Walsh co-sponsors ‘Pay It Forward, Pay It Back’ bill

February 19, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Legislation cosponsored by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would create a pilot program that would allow participating students to replace tuition with a plan that allows them to pay a percentage of their income after they graduate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lonczak to be inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame

February 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett resident Joni Lonczak will be inducted into the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Hall of Fame this spring.

Lonczak has been a Special Olympics coach for 30 years, coaching everything from volleyball, to roller-skating, to bowling.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Remembering Pastor John L. Kelley

February 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Curtis Corner Baptist Church honored its former pastor, John L. Kelley, at the morning service on Sunday.

Kelley was killed in Iraq on Valentine's Day in 2004 by enemy ambush while he was doing missionary work in the area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Beaudry pleads not guilty to stealing town fuel

February 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett Parks and Recreation employee, Raymond P. Beaudry, pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny under $1,500 in Fourth District Court, Wakefield, Tuesday morning.

Beaudry, 58, of 51 Oak Ridge Road, Charlestown, is accused of stealing about $86.82 worth of diesel fuel from the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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