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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Robert Whitcomb, Columnist


 Wein received the Patron of the Arts Award from the Studio Museum of Harlem

Robert Whitcomb, columnist

“You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.”

-- Quentin Crisp

“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.’’

-- The early 20th Century British newspaper publisher Lord Northcliffe

“{O}ne turns to the spring world again, knowing that it is not forever, and that all one can do is drink deeply and store it up, and use it, a memory at a time, against the press of other moments and other moods. If ever one moment could justify all of life, it would be such an evening in May.’’

-- In the chapter “May Evening,’’ from in Praise of Seasons, by the late Alan H. Olmstead, a Connecticut editor and essayist.

I vote for May as the best month. It’s the freshest,  the most fragrant and the most, well, most luscious. It’s also the greenest, and I think that green is the most soothing color, though some neurologists insist that blue is.

If you’re a student, final exams and papers darken the month,  but for most of us, May is a joy. Early and mid-October may give it a run for its money in beauty, but October has the great drawback of our knowing that it’s followed by dark, chilly, windswept November.


 Wein received the Patron of the Arts Award from the Studio Museum of Harlem

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci

In my last column, in a comment about the Providence Water Supply Board, I called the late Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci the prime culprit in the city’s ongoing underfunded-pension problem. Well, he signed off on the extreme giveaways, the worst part of which was huge cost-of-living payments,  and set the long-term pattern for underfunding the pensions.

However, I should have noted that the original sin in all this was committed by the Retirement Board,  which municipal unions controlled for years. The board showed little concern for the fiscal health of the city. Then there was a  1989 decision by then-Mayor Joseph Paolino to offer 5 percent compounded COLAs in a collective-bargaining agreement; city councilors unwilling to push back strongly to stop the raids on the city’s treasury,  and widespread disability-pension fraud.


Some Rhode Island Democrats have proposed big tax increases to pay for expanded or new public programs. But the tiny state has no alternative but to make its taxes competitive with Massachusetts’s. Economic reality bites.


I’m sympathetic to Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel for having imposed a ban on citizens, including journalists, from contacting jurors in the high-profile trial of  Jorge DePina, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his 10-year-old daughter. After all, who wants to be approached by strangers wanting to discuss such a ghastly story after you’ve done your painful civic duty in a case like this?

Facing a Providence Journal lawsuit alleging that her do-not-contact order violated the First Amendment, Judge Vogel lifted her ban.

While levels of sequestration are appropriate for jurors while they serve so that they can make as disinterested a decision as possible based on sworn testimony and other evidence, after a jury decides, the public has a right to ask about what went into its judgment. With trial after trial, such information over time can be used to improve our courts.

Of course, the jurors have every right to refuse to speak to the news media or anyone else. And we thank them for their service.


Why would Newport’s Salve Regina University want to build two large dormitories to house hundreds of students? Well, one attraction would be that the university could try to rent them out to the public during the City by the Sea’s busy summer tourist season.

This might be particularly attractive during a time when, nationally, the number of customers applying to enter many such small private colleges has been declining, forcing some to close.


The death, back on Feb. 3, of Paul Nicholson, 99, was a melancholic reminder of Providence’s glory days as a renowned industrial center.

Mr. Nicholson was the long-time CEO of the family enterprise,  the long-gone and Providence-based Nicholson File Co.,  which was the world’s largest maker of files and rasps, with a big manufacturing complex in Providence. He was on innumerable boards, business and charitable, and was known as a kindly and paternalistic executive in the days of noblesse oblige. Lost world indeed!


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