Adventures in Town Government

Behind Government Lines

By Justin Katz | August 27, 2007 |

[Whispering.] I’ve infiltrated a Tiverton Town Council meeting. They attempted to delay me by placing a slow-driving woman in my path, but I persevered. I expected an attempt to drive me away with boredom, but they inadvisably postponed the actual meeting to make way for professional interviews for labor counsel. No doubt, however, they’ll follow…

Roland Benjamin: “A very sound case can be made that the proponents of recycling as an environmental cause are being manipulated by quasi-public and private interests looking to monopolize the entire process in the state.”

By Carroll Andrew Morse | August 9, 2007 |

Roland Benjamin, South Kingstown resident and member of the town GOP Committee, has thought in great detail about his town council’s move towards restricting citizens who want to pay someone to pick up their trash to a choice of one company. All of Rhode Island should take note, because as Mr. Benjamin explains, the issues…

Run to the City (or Town) of Refuge

By Justin Katz | August 8, 2007 |

Apparently, I’m not the only resident of Tiverton who knows that something wicked is this way coming: The Rhode Island budget deficit will bankrupt the state in just a few years. I wonder if most of the state’s citizens are aware of just what this means: • Governmental collapse. • Extreme cuts in essential services, such as…

A Government-Created Monopoly That’s Complete Garbage

By Carroll Andrew Morse | August 8, 2007 |

Jon Pincince of the RI Law Journal, blogging both as someone interested in Rhode Island legal issues and as a South Kingstown resident, provides an interesting summary of the trash hauling situation in his town. Apparently, the South Kingstown Town Council is leaning towards implementing a system that makes it illegal for anyone but one…

How to Defuse a Rabble Rouser

By Justin Katz | June 7, 2007 |

Go beyond addressing his concerns before he’s even asked. It also helped to quell my ire that it took over two hours for the Tiverton zoning board to get to the matter of renovations to the school next to my house last night. While I waited, I was able to peruse the project plans and…

I’ve Had It… With What? or
I’ve Always Been a Troublemaker, so Why Stop Now? or
Learning the Laffey Lesson

By Justin Katz | June 4, 2007 |

After a bit of consideration, I’m not so sure I’ve the resources to up and leave Rhode Island. There’s an ire that rises when one feels trapped, but at the same time, brawling has its attractions, and a couple of community items have recently led me to believe that there’s another path to take than…

Continuing Adventures in Narragansett

By Justin Katz | May 24, 2007 |

Mayor Laffey (on chair) supporting Rudy Giuliani because, essentially, he saw 9/11 first-hand: Andrew interviewing RI Republican Party chair Gio Cicione: And here’s the NBC reporter (Brian Crandall) whom we’re scooping (and who declined my outstretched hand when I introduced myself to him a few minutes ago) doing the same: And lastly, here’re the straw-poll…

Getting Involved Again for the First Time

By Justin Katz | May 24, 2007 |

The beautiful location of the South County Republican event that I’m currently attending isn’t the best for my poor phone/camera, but pictures may be of interest as I begin a trial of involvement in local politics. Here’s RI House minority leader Bob Watson speaking in favor of John McCain: And here’s Andrew chatting with Mayor…

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