In Depth

Rhode Island Public High Schools Span the Nation

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

The U.S. News ranking of Rhode Island high schools shows that they span from nation-leading to nation-lagging, but the list of fifty-nine schools does not tell the whole story.

A water mill on a river

Matos’s Census Lessons and the Formation of a “Company State”

By Justin Katz | May 4, 2021 |

RI Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos took to the pages of the Boston Globe to herald the state’s Census-count success as a model for the provision of services, but progressives like her are redefining the relationship of the people with their government.

Immigrant crossing sign with Discover Beautiful RI sign

Politics This Week with John DePetro: RI’s Most Important Residents

By Justin Katz | May 3, 2021 |

The weekly conversation about politics between John DePetro and Justin Katz digs into the trends and hidden meanings behind politics and policy in Rhode Island, raising the question of whether it’s all about replacing Rhode Islanders with immigrants.

The Tragedy of RIDE’s LEAP Report

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

A little bit of document sleuthing points to the possibility that the RI Dept. of Education’s Learning, Equity & Accelerated Pathways Task Force buried findings that might really challenge the status quo and improve Ocean State education for our children.

A burning car

Act on Climate and TCI: The Plan to Impoverish Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

Predictably, the Transportation and Climate Initiative is being proclaimed as the transportation sector’s component of the central plan that will allow Rhode Island to achieve its aggressive emissions reduction goals. But what should we make of the fact that it isn’t nearly harsh enough?

Battle of Altenesch

An Antecedent of Our Modern Witch Hunts

By Justin Katz | April 27, 2021 |

The extermination of the Stedinger in 1234 provides an historical analogy by which we “deplorables” can understand our predicament… hopefully producing a different outcome.

A man in black pulls strings on fingers

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Everybody’s Focused on the Other

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

The weekly conversation about politics between John DePetro and Justin Katz focused on the ways everybody is looking for excuses not to address our real problems.

Racism Really Is Infiltrating Our Communities

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

While the default assumption around white supremacist recruitment drives in New England should be that they are hoaxes, a demeaning, racist obsession with race is being pushed throughout our institutions.

The NCAA logo as a pride flag

Providence College Should Quit the NCAA

By Justin Katz | April 22, 2021 |

The culture wars can’t be a one-way fight, and the longer the forces of tolerance and truth restrain themselves, the more certain their defeat will be.

Do Not Get Raped sign

Teen Homelessness, Drugs, and Rape in South Kingstown

By Justin Katz | April 21, 2021 |

The story of a drug-fueled sexual encounter among a young woman from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and four young men of a different race is raising the question of blame. If you want to know which side to blame in South Kingstown’s juxtaposition of BLM against #MeToo, the answer is us.

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