JOHNSTON, R.I. — We witnessed a travesty in democratic process on Jan. 10. A Town Council meeting was called solely to vote on authorizing a cooling-water contract with Invenergy, the Chicago-based company proposing the Clear River Energy Center in Burrillville.
Take a bow. The con was executed brilliantly. With so many moving parts and people involved, the production couldn’t have been easy to choreograph.
There are other pending developments on the national front that I believe require a re-evaluation by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Gov. Gina Raimondo and other elected officials in this state of their views about this fossil fuel.
The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association recognizes the potential environmental and economic benefits of improving and expanding high-speed rail service. However, the proposed route causes us serious concern about the potential for negative impacts to habitat, surface and groundwater, and public, private and conservation lands.
It is the height of irony that Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., supports using more taxpayer dollars to destroy the very farmland and open space his constituents regularly vote to protect.
The hemlock woolly adelgid and its ramifications can be seen throughout the native forests of the eastern United States. This has caused native eastern hemlocks, pillars of the Northeast hardwood forest population, to fall into serious decline.
Adored for its beauty and ease of growth, and despised for its harmful, everlasting effects, the tree of heaven truly is glorious. Although deserving of our admiration, Rhode Island is one of a handful of states that must hop on board to regulate the distribution of this invasive tree, to combat its negative impacts within diverse ecosystems.
There are few ecosystems today that are free from fragmentation and disturbance, a result of increased human development. More than 40 percent of Rhode Island’s native ecosystems are mowed or paved. Within many of the remaining intact green spaces, non-native species thrive.
Since Gov. Gina Raimondo got elected, her administration and our “blue state liberals” in Congress have clear-cut their way through Rhode Island.
It took a big hit to a municipal bank account, not another kick to a woman’s head, for society to finally acknowledge a dangerous problem. If Thurman hadn’t filed a lawsuit and no TV movie was ever made, the issue of domestic violence today would likely be even further behind the times.
How would you like to be part of an investment that benefits you, and the economy? You can help to protect Rhode Island’s open spaces and farmland, create world-class parks and bikeways, prevent stormwater pollution of water resources, and clean up polluted properties for safe and prosperous development. Oh, and on top of that, there are partners who will add to the investment and deliver even more bang for the buck.
PROVIDENCE — The solution to this complex societal issue doesn’t lie with increasing police presence, outlawing panhandling and keeping the less fortunate out of Kennedy Plaza. In fact, laws and policies designed to criminalize and demean poverty and homelessness only perpetuate the real problem: a growing chasm between the rich and poor that is slowly ripping society apart.
Last year, T.F. Green Airport set a record for the number of days over the 80 degrees Farheneit heat index mark since data began to be consistently kept in 1948. So far this year, we’ve had 75 days with a heat index more than 80 degrees, a stunning figure for New England.
JOHNSTON, R.I. — They spent the over-the-top groundbreaking fawning all over each other, as if they were announcing that Rhode Island’s public schools would all be adequately funded, childhood hunger had been eliminated and every Rhode Islander had a place to live.