Public Safety

Rt 146 in Providence during homeless encampment cleanup

Clearing homeless encampments on busy roads is the minimal backstop against progressive deterioration.

By Justin Katz | September 20, 2021 |

In an all-too-familiar sequence of events, progressives made social media noise to shame a politician with whom they disagreed — in this case, Providence City Councilman Nicholas Narducci, who helped the city clean up a homeless encampment under a Rt. 146 overpass — and the news media jumped right in to tow their line, framing…

Sign reading "You'll Get It Eventually"

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Open Questions About Mysterious Decisions

By Justin Katz | September 13, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk about inexplicable decisions being made in Rhode Island government and media.

A water drop and ripples

When seconds count…

By Justin Katz | September 13, 2021 |

Add this to the list of progressive policies’ harmful effects: According to The Oregonian, people dialing 911 are often left waiting over two minutes for their call to be answered, far longer than the national standard of 15 to 20 seconds. People calling 911 to report a Sept. 4 shootout at a Pearl District restaurant…

A water drop and ripples

Engineers used “conservative” approach to build post-Katrina levees in New Orleans…

By Marc Comtois | September 3, 2021 |

…and it apparently paid off (relatively speaking).  As the saying goes, we’re all conservative when it comes to things we know about.  So, instead of calculating for a 100 year storm, which was the standard, they took New Orleans’ rather unique vulnerability into account, doubled some crucial numbers and got the defenses designed and built…

Racial conflict fist as a green light

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Municipal and School Officials Build Toward Race War

By Justin Katz | July 20, 2021 |

Critical race theory is all the rage, and John DePetro and Justin Katz worry about RI government efforts to stoke it into conflict.

Image of Police Line tape.

Identity politics is a distraction from uncomfortable reality.

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

The Providence Journal’s headline on a Katherine Gregg story draws attention to an important point about what is hidden: “RI lawmakers ask: Should police face stricter discipline?”  Put simply, the bright spotlight on race makes conspicuous what the politicians, unions, and activists are trying to keep off to the side, in the dark. International Brotherhood of Police…

Monkey hear no, see no, speak no evil statues

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Many Ways to Ignore Core Problems

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

For their weekly conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss Governor Daniel McKee avoiding the underlying problems at Zambarano, the media ignoring the underlying violence of BLM rallies, Providence ignoring the underlying issues with public safety, and the implications of fundraising results from Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline.

WPRI chart of mental health calls in Providence

Prevention isn’t in RI (government)’s interest.

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

Along the defund-the-police line, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza recently released the results of a Walmart-family-funded study concluding that a “prevention-first approach” to public safety would “create a healthier, safer, and more just Providence,” but residents might wonder what “prevention-first” really means. Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré has lauded Eugene, Oregon’s CAHOOTS program, which stands for…

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