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Tell It Like It Is! Blog On East Providence Patch

We know you have something to say, so join the conversation on Patch and share it!

About this time last year, Patch rolled out a new platform for members of the community to be heard. Now, we're making it even easier to get involved in Bristol-Warren Patch's Local Voices.

How easy is it?

At Patch, we're devoted to finding ways to make your life as ridiculously easy as possible. So we've changed the way blogging works to make it easier for you to start blogging right away.

All you have to do to get started is visit our blogging page and click "Post on Patch." From there, let your typing fingers run rampant (but coherently, please) and when you're done writing and have saved your work, hit submit!

Why should I blog?

Patch is more than a news site. It is a free place to post upcoming events. It's an online conversation about the community. But to keep the conversation going, we need your voice!

You may be asking yourself, "What would I even write about?"

Well, the answer is, anything! A blog offers the opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, advice, and tips, get your name out to the community, get info about your local group out to the community, and so much more.

Is blogging on Patch right for me?

Blogging on Patch is perfect for anyone who has ties to the community. More specifically, you may be perfect for blogging if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a passion for everything local, from supporting downtown businesses to promoting community events?
  • Are you passionate about issues in Bristol and Warren?
  • Are you a craftsman, artist, business owner or hobbyist who can share do-it-yourself tips?
  • Do you have strong opinions about local government or are the first one to stand up for what you think is right in our school system?
  • Can you just make us all laugh?

Even if you answered no to any of the above questions and you just want a platform to have your voice heard, East Providence Patch's Local Voices platform is the place for you!

Ready to take the leap? Get started with blogging on Patch! Still want more information? Email abigail.crocker@patch.com!

Note: You write what you want to say when you want to say it. Do it on your schedule, whether that's posting multiple entries per day or a couple times a month. And Patch won't own what you post, so you can repost your entries to your other blogs!

JJD April 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Absolutely, but you can't just leave it to the firefighters to come up with solutions for their department, it starts with the citizens too. Even as someone that doesn't know the department, you can still be part of the solution, look at the City Council, it's not a council of department heads, it's a council of citizens. Read the budget, ask pertinent questions and develop ideas, they won't all be workable but if you do your homework some will.
JJD April 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I think we can afford our current level of service, it will require concessions from unions and department heads (some of which got a much sweeter deal than the unions did). It will require residents working together. It will require an end to waste and abuse of the system. It will require a Council willing to lead, which we haven't had in over a decade. It will require an end to all duplication on the city/school end regionalization of some services at the county level or at-least to start, neighboring communities. It will require an equitable distribution of taxes.
Joe Botelho May 01, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Middle class wages have been flat for 20 years. Taxable assets are back to 2001 levels when the city budget was $100 million. The budget is now $140 million K. A 30% cut on every single line item gets us back to the the tax dollars payed to budget ratio that East Providence was at in 2001. It's not coincidental that $40 Million is exactly what O'keefe is looking for to balance the city's finances. One can go to the library and look all this up. I don't undersatnd why this is so hard to figure out???? As a Realtor my income is in line with what the economy offered us in the year 2000 as the market volume is equal, if not lower ti that period. I am not complaining because as Realtors we had some good years. I just don't understand why the free market 1099'ers are expected to roll with the changes on the downside yet are taxes continueto escalate????? Amidst the propaganda the truth exists somewhere.......
JJD May 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
"One can go to the library and look all this up." - Not if you live in Rumford or Kent Heights. Kidding aside, what you point out is a reason why it's time for Rhode Island to move away from the property tax model for municipalities. It is also why we need more efficiency in government and regionalization. Cutting services isn't the answer, it is deeper than that, it goes to how we structure municipal government in this state.
Looking for Relief May 01, 2012 at 11:01 PM
We do have many service that can be refined. I think we all can make concessions, taxpayers and employees. Politicians have talked about consolidation but where is it? They need to stop talking and do it. It needs to start at a State level. One School System, Fire Department, Police Department, etc. Works for State Police.....This State and this city are both top heavy. Lets get something done. Or all the fighting in not going to matter because we are soon to be Central Falls!

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