West Warwick

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Politics This Week: Rhode Islanders Admit Mommy Government Knows Best

By Justin Katz | May 15, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the ways in which Rhode Island is sliding into full dependency.

West Warwick Public Library

West Warwick public library gives drag queens a privileged position.

By Justin Katz | June 16, 2021 |

The opposition to the upcoming drag queen story hour in West Warwick was unanimous at the library’s trustee meeting Monday night, according to Larry Gillheeney, on Ocean Stat Current, but the event is still on.  The library’s official statement on its Facebook page raises some disturbing questions: Over the past few days, there have been postings…

Ninny Nothin anti-Christian Sacred Heart

We now return to the promotion of drag queens to children at libraries.

By Justin Katz | June 9, 2021 |

One of the silver linings of having most of the more-progressive precincts of the nation shut down (a silver lining more than offset by the rest of the storm, of course) was that it limited progressives’ access to other people’s children.  Thus, controversies over drag queen story hours were limited to related incidents, like the…

Things We Read Today (24), Thursday

By Justin Katz | October 4, 2012 |

West Warwick for all; the essence of education reform; declines in people births; declines in business births; the easy street to dependency. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

West Warwick Disability Pensions: Questions Asked of the Pension Board and the Troubling Or Non-Responsive Answers

By Monique Chartier | May 8, 2012 |

The news has now broken that not only is the West Warwick pension system in deep trouble but that it may well drag the entire city over the receivership cliff. This would be a good point, accordingly, to post the e-mail exchange between myself and the WW Pension Board of six months ago. (My questions…

Nine Years Ago Tonight

By Patrick Laverty | February 20, 2012 |

Today marks nine years since The Station fire happened in West Warwick where 100 people died and many others are permanently injured both physically and mentally. With a state the size of Rhode Island, it seems that everyone knows someone that was directly affected by this tragedy. Even if you didn’t know anyone affected, try…

“Surplus” Just Means They Haven’t Spent It, Yet

By Justin Katz | January 28, 2011 |

Gary Trott tries to apply too much common sense to public-sector budgeting: What should a Rhode Island city or town do if it suddenly finds itself with a surplus of unspent funds amounting to nearly $6 million? You’d think that it would do the responsible thing and not spend those funds in order to ease…

A Familiar Drum

By Justin Katz | May 23, 2010 |

I’m keeping up the posting over on the Tiverton Citizens for Change Web site, including the observation that the drum that the Tiverton School Committee beat prior to our financial town meeting are now being played in West Warwick: Sports programs and part-time employees join the list of recommended cuts school officials hope will compensate…

The West Warwick Investment Dance Continues

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2010 |

By way of an update on West Warwick’s current public-money scandal: An Arizona real estate firm has offered to return $3 million to the West Warwick pension board after news of the investment — and the subsequent resignation of the board’s financial consultant — triggered a barrage of criticism in recent weeks. Cole Capital sent…

Re: Familiar Names, Familiar Practices

By Monique Chartier | April 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Re: Familiar Names, Familiar Practices

One of the more alarming aspects of the new revelations about the West Warwick pension fund is the lamentation by the Pension Board Chairman, Geoffrey E. Rousselle, that sunshine has been thrown on the matter. He suggested that the dispute should not have turned public. “It upsets me,” Rousselle said. “I don’t know how that…