RI House leaders need to catch public spirit

Reprinted from The Providence Journal/Evening Bulletin Feb 5, 2005

I found it ironic that on Jan. 24, while Rhode Islanders spent the day helping other Rhode Islanders after the blizzard, one of the lead articles in The Journal was “Musical chairs have some House members singing the blues.” This is exactly the behavior that gets Rhode Islanders, regardless of political leanings, frustrated with our government: people arguing about where they sit.

Meanwhile, in my neighborhood as well as many other neighborhoods, people called to check on their older neighbors, owners of snowblowers took care of driveways, people dug out each other’s trash cans and brought newspapers directly up to doors, and some who couldn’t shovel cooked for those who could. Could we capture this spirit and send it to Smith Hill?

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