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Barbara Donovan April 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM
I am so happy to see some people in Town finally see the truths about the Town Council. We haveRead Morethre e members of the Council who vote as one, on everything. Like robots !! I have been fighting for Senior housing which has fallen on deaf ears because of personal agenda - now we see another case of "we don't want to talk about it", or "we will let you talk, but we will do what we want" regardless of the feelings of the residents of OUR Town. It has become THEIR Town - Too late to vote them out --- but just remember, if you see one of those names on any ballot -- cross it off! Don't make the same mistake again.
B/STOCK April 10, 2014 at 04:23 PM
First, I personally like the entire Speakman family. Barrington used to vote for concretiveRead Morecandidat es and the town prospered became the best place in RI to live. Barbara is correct. If the issue is not subsidized housing or any other new social justice issue you seem to just ignore the will of the people. I personally like you June but your policy's and the way you bully the council meetings IMO is wrong. It's time for the people of RI not to vote D or R but vote conservative.
Rick Norman April 14, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Council members like Ms. Speakman make me glad I moved out of Barrington.
ann amiradaki April 04, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I agree with you, really well said. It is so sad to see the erosion of innocent community news with Read Moreall the unwanted drama and bad journalism
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 05, 2014 at 07:39 AM
'm with you. We don't like one blog dominating the whole platform, either. An entirely new platform Read Moreis in the works that will do a much better job keeping local content front and center and solve a lot of the issues that came about when the site was redesigned last year. We're a new company now and in the process of making the business sustainable. You're not the only person that has raised these issues and we're taking them to heart. The new platform will do a better job presenting local news and info separately from national content within the Patch network. As you can see, and as you accurately point out, there isn't much distinction at all and that's not fair to the users. And us editors feel the same way. The pit bull blog isn't there because we want clicks and comments. It's because the platform need to be fixed. If the platform really rewarded people for posting blogs and on the boards, that blog would be drowned out by all the great local stuff happening. But the redesign last year didn't bring about many rewards for users and that is part of what we're fixing now.
Jack Baillargeron March 22, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Some sanity is returning to the Country. The Ninth Circuit Court recently ruled in Peruta v. SanRead MoreDie go that California residents did not have to show a "pressing need" for a concealed weapons license. Thursday, the Ninth Circuit extended that to Hawaii by overturning a district court ruling and thus making the Aloha State a shall-issue state. The Court said, "In light of our holding in Peruta, the district court made an error of law when it concluded that the Hawaii statutes did not implicate protected Second Amendment activity. Accordingly, we vacate the district court's decision denying [the plaintiff's] motion for a preliminary injunction and remand for further proceedings consistent with Peruta." We're glad to see that even the Ninth Circuit acknowledges that the Second Amendment means what it says.
B/STOCK March 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM
When the Ninth Circuit makes a decision like this it should give us home that all is not lost.
Jack Baillargeron March 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM
PatchReader February 22, 2014 at 01:17 PM
John, you claim to know the intent of the founding fathers. By your argument, the average citizenRead Morew as intended to have: nuclear weapons, armed drones, mines, etc. Is that correct? No limits, no restrictions?
Jack Baillargeron February 22, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Patchreader; Not sure who John is? But your premise is foolish and not relevant to the blog. AnyRead Moreave rage person knows that nuclear weapons, armed drones, mines, etc are not legal for the average citizen as well as automatic weapon I.E machine guns banned in 1934 as all of those are now considered military grade. Though people did own cannons during the founders day. Not sure what average citizen can afford nukes and missiles and such. Nor did I see anything in the blog that says that. So you are putting forth and argument that does not exist as this is about what these politicians are trying to do penalizing the honest law abiding citizen for the acts of the lawless criminal elements of society. Prohibition didn't work, drug war doesn't work, and banning anything or regulating it to the point where the average citizen cannot possess a legal item is wrong an violates many things in the Bill of rights and Constitution.
Jack Baillargeron February 22, 2014 at 02:04 PM
PS; Banning has never stopped crime and never will. Evil finds a way. Better to be able to protectRead Moreo nes self and family then become a victim and statistic on some police blotter.
mary February 21, 2014 at 04:27 PM
It does make a difference. Men died who could have been saved. The questions have not beenRead Moreanswere d. Why were these men not rescued? She will never get my vote
Candace Nadine Breen February 24, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Will do.
DanComment February 25, 2014 at 09:30 AM
If hardly anyone speaks English then HOW did they get work permits to be here???
Karen Zucconi February 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
DanComment, the United States has no official language. Therefore there is no language requirementRead Morea ssociated with work permits or any other type of immigration.