Why Republican?

In a recent appearance, the President asked rhetorically "What do Republicans stand FOR?". The tone suggested that he and all his insiders knew the answer, they stand for nothing except opposition to him. Like many politicians, it just shows that he wasn't ever really listening. In South Kingstown, I've been asked a similar question. "Why... Continue Reading →

South Kingstown’s Own Masking Debate

How did masks become political? Those pushing to end masking of kids are a cross section of town, with many cross-partisan ideas bubbling amongst them. Opposition to easing the mandate, on the other hand, seem more uniform in worldview. If you ask a Democrat, they’ll blame Trump for all the COVID woes.  If you ask... Continue Reading →

Smaller Bites at the Facility Problem

And of course, then there is the emerging school facilities plan… Over the last few weeks, the South Kingstown School Committee has made some pretty big decisions.  Regardless of where you fall on this, everyone is acknowledging the changing demographics of South Kingstown.  What was emerging in 2010 became clear in 2018.  A few years... Continue Reading →

Are Limiting Principles Ever Considered? One of the starkest observations I have made in watching local decisions is how prone the South Kingstown Town Council is to overreach.  It is not unique here, but its most acute impacts are felt by friends and neighbors in ways that are sometimes beneficial, and usually harmful.  Often both... Continue Reading →

Forgotten in the Facility Discussion

Why do we ignore history? After watching the community begin a slow simmer once again, I pulled out some “ancient” data.  You can see it here.  I have not verified it, but to many that have lived in South Kingstown for more than 20 years, they will say that it “looks about right”.  It definitely... Continue Reading →

Why I will Vote for the Reduction.

I have been close to these budgets.  Very close.  A “lack of funding” cannot be the culprit for every decision from local officials that change services or reconsider programming.  When a 1% or 2% fiscal nudge in anything is blamed, I seriously question the competence and/or the integrity of those using the argument.  Imagine raising... Continue Reading →

Unsustainable Spending Increases

On February 11, the South Kingstown School Committee adopted a budget for the next fiscal year and forwarded it to the Town Council for approval of a requested 2% increase in tax transfer.  On February 20, they met with the Council to sell their request.  The key rationale was that the increase in spending, despite... Continue Reading →

Rich Schools, Poor Schools…

When faced with difficult circumstances, it is often easiest to do nothing.  Ignore the factors that are pressuring a decision and just hope for the best.  In deferring a difficult choice about its schools, South Kingstown is dividing along class lines in ways that will not improve if they are ignored. Facing nearly two decades... Continue Reading →

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