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 →

Profiles in Courage

I haven’t written in some time, and looking over previous posts, I notice that I’ve spent a lot of time criticizing various local representatives (deserving or not). I have always felt that trust and transparency are critical to representative government, and today I’d like to focus on two local elected officials who in the last... Continue Reading →

Operational Savings Revisited, The Sequel

by Paula Bradley and Jason Ralph On Wednesday, the Town Council and School Committee will hold a joint work session to discuss the Stage 2 School Facility Plan. The main purpose of this meeting is to address concerns raised by town representatives regarding future operational savings related to the facility plan. In preparation for this... Continue Reading →

Plowing forward –no matter what?!

by Tara Schold Town Manager (Spring 2019)-The town can not afford to bond over $90 million without it affecting future ability to bond and at that amount it can not be done by bond only. We need significant operational savings. We have to close additional schools; but LET'S KEEP PLOWING FORWARD! Rhode Island Department of... Continue Reading →

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