A child being vaccinated

Public health and “science” are becoming pure instruments of control.

By Justin Katz | May 3, 2021 |

Most Americans have probably never given it a thought, but it’s common for state governments to offer exemptions, as for religious beliefs, when they skirt the line of individual sovereignty.  Connecticut appears poised to cross that line by wiping away religious exemptions for vaccines: The State Senate passed the repeal of religious exemption for childhood…

RI COVID cases in context of mask mandates

At some point, the masks are going to have to come off.

By Justin Katz | May 3, 2021 |

Dr. Andrew Bostom argues, on behalf of the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, that we’ve reached that point.  Actually, he suggests that it was reached long ago (if we should have imposed a mask mandate at all): … from 2008 through the end of 2020, 12 randomized, controlled trials—the gold standard for judging medical…

Mike Stenhouse and Christopher Carlozzi on In the Dugout

RI is increasingly governed by convenient truths.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

And thus do the disconnected themes of Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show, yesterday, come together — disagreeing with Dan Yorke, talking TCI with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Rhode Island director Christopher Carlozzi, and discussing COVID mask mandates with Andrew Bostom.

School girl in medical mask

When it comes to kids, we’ll probably regret giving in to irrational coronavirus fears.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

It’s anecdotal, I know, but in my limited circle of personal awareness, the risk of the COVID-19 vaccinations seems to be inversely proportional to the actual danger of the disease.  None of the elderly people I know who’ve been vaccinated have experienced side effects.  One middle-ager became infected after receiving the vaccine, and two young…

Mike Stenhouse and guests

The powers who be have Rhode Islanders’ children in their sights.

By Justin Katz | April 29, 2021 |

For his In the Dugout show, yesterday, Mike Stenhouse’s guests focused on RI progressives’ government actions in our schools, particularly taking advantage of their enhanced powers under the COVID regime: in the dugout were Ellen Schaffer, Aimee Gardiner, Karen Ferris, Jean Lehand, and Rick Provost.

A medical mask on the sidewalk

The plexiglass will soon come down.

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

It looks like June may bring a return to something like normalcy in Rhode Island.  As WJAR reports: Starting May 7, mask wearing guidance will change from required to recommended outdoors within 3 feet, but still required indoors. Capacity limits will be raised to 80% across the board the same day, but with 3-foot spacing…

Mike Stenhouse and Rep. Brian Newberry on In the Dugout, 4/22/21

Funny how blame can shift from policy to implementation as needed.

By Justin Katz | April 22, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show today included guests Republican Representative Brian Newberry and Dr. Andrew Bostom, the first defending his civics education legislation and the second talking COVID matters.  Note, in particular Newberry’s defense of his bill on the grounds that concerns expressed on the show yesterday by Stanley Kurtz were about “implementation,” not the…

Zambarano Hospital deteriorating

What about the mental health of RI government?

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

One way of looking at Governor Dan McKee’s decision to hold off on implementing his predecessor’s plans for the state-run Zambarano psychiatric hospital is as a battle of union interests.  Raimondo’s plan to spend $65 million (initial asking price) for a new facility would have made construction unions happy, whereas McKee’s move serves the service…

Photo of a racially segregated bus.

Another “antiracist” racist tell.

By Justin Katz | April 18, 2021 |

The other day, I couldn’t help but overhear part of a class from a mandatory collegiate course on oppression. My reaction was probably that of any non-indoctrinated, thinking person of good will: “This professor is teaching racism, straight up.” Indeed, the illness is now metastasizing across our society. Writing in American Thinker, David Shimm highlights…

Socking It To the Insurance Co or To The Insured? Rhode Island Has the Highest Number of Health Insurance Mandates

By Monique Chartier | April 17, 2013 |

To set the stage: This Wall Street Journal summary map indicates that Rhode Island has the seventh highest per capita health-care spending. In filings Monday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI requested an increase in health insurance premiums – an 18% increase for individuals (note that Blue Cross is the only company in the state…

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