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MeanE April 08, 2014 at 05:04 PM
@compass - I was thinking the same thing. I don't think my grandfather would be unprofessional and Read Moretell someone to stop supporting his new business. Who is the new ownership? The About page that I referenced still lists AOL employees?
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 08, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Sorry, I haven't had a cigarette in three days and I agree that I crossed the line into snark. IRead Moreapo logize. I obviously don't want people to stop visiting the Patch. Patch became a new company after it was acquired by Hale Global earlier this year and you can find plenty of coverage about the transaction if you google Patch Hale Global. In any event, my original intention to reply here was to say that I'm doing the best I can given the resources we have at hand here in Rhode Island right now. I care greatly about North Kingstown -- I grew up in SK and know and appreciate my hometown neighbor and want to deliver everything pertinent to taxpayers. The fact is I can't get to everything right now but I'll try to get to more. I never said that this issue in particular is not a priority. In all honesty, I haven't covered North Kingstown until very recently so I am not up to speed on the issues. I am always available at mark.schieldrop@patch.com or on my cell at 401-515-3660 and will take anyone's issue seriously. If I'm missing something just call or send me an email and I'll try to look into it and post an actual piece of local news. Thanks for reading and again, I'm sorry for being lame earlier.
LiveLaughLove April 11, 2014 at 07:51 AM
You missed a lot, Mark. This issue is the number 1 issue for taxpayers in the Town of NK becauseRead Moreit is costing many millions of dollars in lawyer fees right now and is potentially compromising public safety due to firefighter fatigue. Read this blogger, which has all of the original documents, to get up to speed on things: http://onlinewithtraceyc.com/2014/04/09/heated-accord-turns-town-against-firefighters/ ...hope it helps.
David Banner April 07, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Actually, a lot of work is being done behind the scenes as we type. There may be a few surprises.
Stanley Spink April 07, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Didn't mean to be negative, I wish you good luck with this.
David Banner April 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
No worries. Unfortunately, all too familiar with "held for further study." SeriouslyRead Moretho ugh, there are some surprises coming with these two bills. I believe the macro concept of these two bills are good. The devil is in the details.
Stanley Spink April 07, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Well said. Come on Patch, just stay local. And those ads - "click on this to see a spectacular Read Moreevent." Stop it! I don't need more of this junk.
Vero April 08, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I agree. All this "trending" news is sensationalist - not what I want my Patch to report Read Moreon. This is where I go to get away from Facebook -
Jack Baillargeron March 22, 2014 at 03:56 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.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) March 06, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Just wanted to make everyone that the post you're referring to was a user contribution that IRead Morebumped up on the page because it had an active conversation, not something anyone from Patch posted.
wardkeith February 25, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Patch is back home safe! Thank you so much to all the staff and volunteers of the NK Animal RescueRead Morew ho helped find and catch Patch! The NK police were also very kind and helpful as were several good samaritans who also called with sightings. Just one more reminder of why our family is glad to have returned to this special place after moving all over the U.S. with the Coast Guard for 24 years. Thanks again everyone!
jim harris February 24, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Gun restrictions on law abiding citizens make them victims to violent criminals. The bad guysRead Moredon't care about gun laws. It only makes what they do easier. Focus on better law enforcement, prison systems. and identifying the mentally ill. That's the real problem!
Jack Baillargeron February 24, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Very True, along with enforcing current laws that seems to be very much lacking in judges.
Mike Burt February 04, 2014 at 10:15 AM
First, I did not fact check your numbers. I will take them at face value but I will say that weRead Morenee d to get past a few assumptions. First, not all illegal immigrants are Mexican or from the southern hemisphere or come to our country due to economic reasons. The fact is that they come here for the same reasons our forefathers did. Economic and political and as slaves against their own will. For example, the Asia region immigration population is driven by economic opportunity however also by political unrest and involuntarily as indentured servants or sex slaves. The question then becomes, are we willing to look at these issues as well? If so, it will not be cheap so let’s make sure we add that to the tab. Second, they do pay taxes. While not all may not pay income tax, they do pay local and regional sales taxes in excess of 10.6 billion dollars each year. Furthermore, many employers of illegal immigrants still deduct the normal taxes that you and I pay regardless. This is in itself illegal but I do not hear anyone crying to enforce these laws. The fact is that the economic reasons for expelling illegal immigrants simply does not hold water. According to a University of Arizona study, we now have set up a global “need” to have illegal workers based on three main reasons - global economic change, the inadequacy of channels for legal economic migration, and ineffective employer sanctions. While I understand your argument, implementing it would drive up the cost of goods and services as well as spend untold millions of dollars to accomplish it only to have the same problem to solve 10 years down the road. The answer is not simply enforcing laws. If it were that easy, it would have been done under (each administration has attempted it) Reagan, George Bush Sr, Jr., Clinton, and Obama. The answer in the end is a long term view which supports democracy w/in these countries in order to bring about stronger economic and political unrest. In the end, illegal immigration has nothing to do with keeping people out. Instead, it is about supporting the global community to do what is right in support of their people.
Bowiefan January 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Congratulations Sean! What a remarkable young writer you are and I'm sure you have a great futureRead Morea head of you. Keep at it!
mark palla February 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Yes the Scoutmaster is Don McKendell. He can be contacted via email at: don@servpromckendall.com Read More Please pass this on to any other interested scout you know. We are located in the SeaBee museum located in the Quonset Point shopping plaza. We meet every Thursday night from 7pm-8pm. Feel free to email me too, if you have any questions: Mark Palla markpalla@gmail.com Troop 5 North Kingstown
Dark star January 20, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Liberal politicians are only concerned with expanding the low/no income protected class because itRead Mores ecures their position by expanding their voter base.
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