Tangled Rhode Island Webs
I hadn’t had time to explore the new news site, but apparently, Go Local Prov (which is affiliated with WPRO) has been featuring regular commentary by RI Future founder Matt Jerzyk, including a Rhode Island “who’s hot and who’s not” column. The list typically has the slant that one would expect from Matt, but one example is of a particularly Rhode Islandish flavor. On the “not” list:
Jim Hummel -> Many in the media have done so much to expose the corruption of those in power. However, the “gotcha” stories targeting hard-working Rhode Islanders is really old. Perhaps its Hummel’s corporate connection to right-wing groups like OSPRI, but his recent report that attacks a laid-off manufacturing worker in his 50s for trying to retrain himself in the computer sector is really outrageous. Instead of trying to nickel and dime the working class, it would be great if Hummel would go after those who are really fleecing the taxpayers.
As one can see in the current Hummel Report (also affiliated with WPRO), that “working class” fellow whom Hummel is “nickel and diming” is David Arruda, who was laid off from his job as a general manager of an electronics manufacturer last fall and has since been collecting the maximum unemployment from the state (over $500 per week). Mr. Arruda’s “retraining in the computer sector” entails being the lone employee of D.A. Computers, presumably “David Arruda Computers.”
Mr. Arruda asserts that he’s doing nothing inappropriate because he doesn’t draw a salary from his “job,” and although his LinkedIn page calls him the owner, the company is actually in his wife’s name. His wife, as it happens, is employed as a Legal Nurse Consultant with the law firm DeLuca & Weizenbaum, whose Web site header reads, “A Law Firm for the People.” Also employed at this people’s law firm? Matthew Jerzyk, who might consider putting himself on his next “not hot” list.