A water drop and ripples

Vaccines and illnesses are all about the stories we’re told.

By Justin Katz | November 23, 2021 |

During the flu season of 2018, newspapers published a number of heartbreaking articles profiling people who’d died from it.  That was a pretty bad flu season, but still, almost everybody recovered from the flu.  As those articles rolled out, though, it changed how the illness felt.  The stories provided a context of unease. We’ve seen that…

A boy receiving a vaccine

East Greenwich children get several bribes for vaccination.

By Justin Katz | November 23, 2021 |

A week ago, Anchor Rising reported on toys being given to children in school-based COVID vaccination clinics. A spokesperson for the state said that it was only one clinic, and it was done to distract children while getting the shot.  Elizabeth McNamara reports for East Greenwich News that children in that town are going home with even…

Darlene D'Arezzo and Clement Cicilline on State of the State

State of the State: Mental Health Issues and Concerns

By Darlene D'Arezzo | November 21, 2021 |

J. Clement “Bud” Cicilline, former CEO of Newport County Mental Health Center, joins host Darlene D’Arezzo to discuss major issues and concerns facing mental health practice today.

A water drop and ripples

Do they really care about “a single powerful entity” having control?

By Justin Katz | November 20, 2021 |

Something about the way Ted Nesi puts this question about possible hospital mergers in Rhode Island strikes me as odd: Will Rhode Island and its residents be better off with roughly 80% of hospital services controlled by a single powerful entity? One wonders how many of the people who fear that “an institution so large…

Mike Stenhouse and Justin Katz on In the Dugout

Talking Fidget Spinners In the Dugout

By Justin Katz | November 19, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse and Justin Katz talk discuss the state’s use of fidget spinners to draw Rhode Island children toward vaccination.

A man in a plague mask on a swing

Hey! Maybe the solution for health care staff shortage is more mandates!

By Justin Katz | November 18, 2021 |

Problems with Rhode Island’s health care industry indicate an across-the-board failure of government management.  Remember when they shut down our economy to avoid overwhelming our medical infrastructure?  Well, that move — and all that came after it — may be resulting in a much more intractable, longer-term failure. Want to count the ways? One. Staff at…

A water drop and ripples

The parental-rights narrative is always being framed.

By Justin Katz | November 18, 2021 |

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it characterized as “doubling down” before when a party to a lawsuit has appealed to a higher court, but here’s Sarah Doiron on WPRI: Several parents who are challenging the state’s school mask mandate are doubling down on their efforts by appealing a Rhode Island Superior Court judge’s…

A water drop and ripples

Where are the serious doctors pushing back on the harm this madness will do?

By Justin Katz | November 16, 2021 |

Roger Kimball read through an “equity” guide published by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges so you don’t have to.  Either way, however, the results are terrifying: From first sentence to last, the aroma of scolding virtucratic entitlement is by turns noxiously cloying and comically rebarbative. For the comedy, try…

A yellow fidget spinner

The state is leveraging peer pressure behind parents’ backs to push under-12-year-olds’ vaccination.

By Justin Katz | November 16, 2021 |

Parents, don’t be surprised if you’re ambushed with enthusiasm for vaccination during the car ride home after picking up your child from a school hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children from five to 11 years old.  The Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) is handing out toys — fidget spinners, to be exact —…

Darlene D'Arezzo and Nadia Archambault on State of the State

State of the State: Marijuana Versus CBD: Uses, Effects, and Cautions

By Darlene D'Arezzo | November 14, 2021 |

PhD pharmacist Nadia Archambault joins host Darlene D’Arezzo to discuss the differences between marijuana and CBD, their uses, and their effects on the human condition and development. She is very candid when she shares her concerns and offers cautions about use, drug source, and more.

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