Hard on the heels of the news of that the Providence Journal was withdrawing as the lead sponsor of the annual Rhode Island Statewide Spelling Bee, the ProJo is pinching more pennies. While the newspaper industry remains in a collective state of anxiety, because of the movement of readers and advertisers to the Internet, these cuts seem small-minded and short-sighted, not to mention harmful to newsroom morale.
We can assume that courtesy, not support for the policy, explains why Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse applauded President Bush not long after he talked last night about the importance of bringing the fight to the enemy. And we can only ponder how we might be better off without this mess.
Still, the lack of a domestic attack since 9/11 offers some fuzzy support for those inclined to conflate the war in Iraq with taking on the threat of terrorism.
One of Rhode Island's unsuccessful 2006 candidates recently contacted me to vent about the influence of money in politics, and how the press rates the credibility of candidates according to their war chests. Well, as I told him, welcome to the real world. It's sad, but true, that money remains the juice on which our politics runs.
With Rhode Island's 2006 election season barely having passed, a potentially large field of prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidates is already shaping up for 2010, including Frank Caprio, David Cicilline, Patrick Lynch, Elizabeth Roberts and perhaps Charlie Fogarty. Cicilline has cultivated a lot of positive press since taking office in 2002, but any number of politically gifted mayors -- including Buddy Cianci and Boston's Kevin White -- have received rude awakenings when they've tried to run statewide.