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Jesus Christ April 14, 2014 at 05:31 PM
. Reagan increased the national debt by over 250% in less than 8 years time with no active wars.Read MoreBus h Sr. increased the debt another 66% in just 4 years with no ongoing wars, Bush Jr. increased the national debt another 90% in 8 years when he inherited BUDGET SURPLUSES, and no wars. When Bush left office he left behind massive new debt, no jobs, a major recession, two wars, and growing national debt. But then the tea party comes along and wants it to all go away. They want the country to stop spending money at a time when unemployment is growing. Show me a single time in history, just one, when the US was spending less money during a recession. It doesn't happen. As people are out of work the government takes in less in taxation. This is not the time to reduce government spending which will drive the country into a depression. The tea nuts know NOTHING about economics and how it works. They are like little children throwing a temper tantrum.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Send me an email, Kathy. I'd love to write about the effort to get the word out. I'm a car nutRead Moremysel f.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Sorry, mark.schieldrop@patch.com
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 05, 2014 at 07:40 AM
I'm with you. We don't like one blog dominating the whole platform, either. An entirely newRead Moreplatform is 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.
Carol Keith April 02, 2014 at 07:03 PM
There was another motorcyclist in the other lane and saw everything. What do you need to know, IRead Morecan ask him?
Carol Keith April 02, 2014 at 07:04 PM
The person was hit by a car that pulled out onto W. Main Rd.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 05, 2014 at 07:42 AM
It might have been newsworthy but I didn't hear anything about it and I can't possibly keep trackRead Moreof every accident. In the future if there is more than just me on the ground in RI we'll pick up on more accidents. Some police departments send me releases when there are major accidents, which helps. And sometimes people send me tips and I follow up on them. Trust me, I wish I could somehow do it all for every town. But I am a human being.
Jack Baillargeron March 22, 2014 at 03:54 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 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
I understand your concerns about the national stuff appearing on Facebook. On the Patch siteRead Moreitself, national content is marked in its own category. We are posting more statewide stuff across RI, since many issues and stories are of interest to all residents. But that doesn't mean we won't be posting local news. The story about a Middletown Private First Class coming home over the weekend, for example.
Bayratt March 10, 2014 at 04:27 PM
I was thinking the same. The Patch used to have all the breaking news... I gues they want people to Read Morethink yhat we are a nice lil town where nothing happens.
Bill the 1st March 11, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Because Patch was a money-losing venture and a couple months ago they fired almost their entireRead Morestaf f of local editors. RI is down to 1 editor for the entire State. They claim the new owner is going to turn it around and there is an impending site redesign and anticipated content improvements. The reality is, it's looking more an more like Patch will become a combination of a low-grade news aggregator and a platform for people with an inability to spell or use proper grammer to "speak out".
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) March 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM
The problem is each Patch site is designed and laid out to be a like full blown local newspaper for Read Moreone full time editor to manage. That model is not financially sustainable for every town for obvious reasons. Bill is right when he says that we're building a new platform. Where he's wrong is the implication that we won't have resources to focus on quality original reporting or that the only feature we'll offer is a message board. I'm doing the best I can with the tools and time available. I can always do more and we will. Thanks for the comments.
tamilouburton March 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Brittany, I'm not versed on the rights and responsibilities for patients and nursing homes, but you Read Moremight read up on your rights here (if he's on Medicare or it's a Medicaid Certified Nursing Home): http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/part-a/rights-in-nursing-home.html According to this list from the government, your father has the right to" •See any person who gives you help with your health, social, legal, or other services at any time. This includes your doctor, a representative from the health department, and your Long-Term Care Ombudsman, among others." Good luck!
Jesus Christ March 03, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Reagan increased the national debt by over 250% in less than 8 years time with no active wars. Bush Read MoreSr. increased the debt another 66% in just 4 years with no ongoing wars, Bush Jr. increased the national debt another 90% in 8 years when he inherited BUDGET SURPLUSES, and no wars. When Bush left office he left behind massive new debt, no jobs, a major recession, two wars, and growing national debt. But then the tea party comes along and wants it to all go away. They want the country to stop spending money at a time when unemployment is growing. Show me a single time in history, just one, when the US was spending less money during a recession. It doesn't happen. As people are out of work the government takes in less in taxation. This is not the time to reduce government spending which will drive the country into a depression. The tea nuts know NOTHING about economics and how it works. They are like little children throwing a temper tantrum.
Bill the 1st March 06, 2014 at 01:51 PM
@Jesus (if that is your real name), I'm not sure what your definition of "active war" is. Read MoreReagan had the cold war plus a bunch of skirmishes and military actions. Bush the elder had the Gulf War and a recession. Clinton lucked out with a massive surging economy which inevitably led to the so called Great Recession and he also had the continuation of military action in Iraq imposing a no-fly-zone with daily tomahawk launches. Bush the second had the largest death toll from a foreign military assault on US soil which dragged us into the war with Afganistan. During his tenure, the Country experienced a collapse of the auto industry due to gross mismanagement giving excessive concessions to the unions, a collapse of the housing sector due to horrible business practices by mortage lenders who were following directives from Congressional Democrats, a collapse of the investment sector due to bad business practices by investment firms combined with the prior mentioned collapses and a whole bunch of other economic hits which led to the recession. Obama/Reid/Pelosi "fixed" it by spending roughly 133% of revenues every year that he was in office. In a business, which is governed by the laws of economics, this would mean certain bankrupcy. Generally, even the best companies can't survive more than a year or two of spending beyond revenue. Once you get past 3 years of losses, the IRS starts looking at your business for possible tax evasion and once you get to 5 years, they will shut you down, arrest you and waterboard your family (under Obama leadership, anyway). So while Joe may have glossed over some economic aspects, you seem to be lacking a firm grasp on economics AND simple reality. The Tea Party may or may not be the answer but Progressive Liberalism certainly is NOT the answer.