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Politics This Week: New Eras in Government and Media

By Justin Katz | May 30, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the ominous signs of change in Rhode Island.

Crazy Eggs

We can pay attention now or find out how many bodies it takes to break a narrative.

By Justin Katz | May 17, 2023 |

An entirely plausible interpretation of events sounds crazy, suggesting we all have an interest in pushing back and enforcing accountability for those who’ve brought us to this point.

The Barrington School Committee

Will growing parent dissatisfaction make a difference in Barrington?

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2022 |

Barrington resident William Jacobson has an update on his Legal Insurrection site about the growing pushback of parents against the school department’s decision to reduce academic opportunities for advanced students.  The content is somewhat encouraging.  Jacobson notes the national attention the story is attracting, provides video from a school committee meeting that shows more than the…

Barrington High School

Yay! Barrington has introduced a new acronym to the scam of destroying education.

By Justin Katz | March 31, 2022 |

We hear that “parents [in Barrington] are really upset,” but they’re not nearly upset enough. 

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Shouting into the Echo Chamber

By Justin Katz | December 20, 2021 |

John and Justin marvel at the inability of RI insiders to address the obvious problems facing the people they say they represent.

Writing on the wall

Fear of school shootings feels a lot like fear of Omicron.

By Justin Katz | December 16, 2021 |

The Omicron count has begun in Rhode Island!  One: The case was detected in a woman in her 20s who lives in Providence County. The individual recently returned to Rhode Island from New York and had previously completed their primary vaccination series. She did not receive a booster shot, according to the health department. Two:…

A water drop and ripples

I’m scared for our future.

By Justin Katz | December 15, 2021 |

Welcome to modern America (or Rhode Island, at least).  An unspecified “threatening message” in a girls’ bathroom at Barrington High School has cautious administrators increasing the presence of police until the schools dismiss for Christmas break. In turn, panicked teens are getting themselves on television by petitioning for distance learning because they are (some say)…

The BLM flag flown in Barrington, RI

Barrington Town Council members are destroying their community for ideology.

By Justin Katz | June 17, 2021 |

Identity politics is a great destroyer.  Not only does it pit neighbor against neighbor based on superficial qualities like skin color, but it acts as an ideological litmus test.  To its practitioners, one either bends the knee or is non-personned as a “hater.”  Look at what’s happening in Barrington. This is from a Sarah Doiron…

Jennifer Bergevine's email to students

Barrington High School shows how “project-based civics” makes students left-wing activists.

By Justin Katz | June 14, 2021 |

Parents Defending Education has released the Barrington school department’s response to its Access to Public Records Act (APRA) request concerning some teachers’ encouraging students to testify on a bill that seeks to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Rhode Island schools: It appears from the documents that the administration was completely unaware both that students…

The Differences in Barrington

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2009 |

So why did Barrington buck the school-budget-cutting trend? I’d say that there are three factors, the most important of which being the track record of the schools themselves. As Andrew illustrated yesterday, Barrington’s schools are arguably the best in Rhode Island. Of course, as even the union will argue when it suits its purposes, it’s…