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david sullivan September 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Nice observation. I believe I'm the only Independent running in E.P. The democrats have ruined both the city and the state...my opponents are fighting each other in a primary to be part of the EXACT group of crooks that made this mess....
Rags 1 September 08, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I remember when the city was run by Repubs, and the results were the same. The city is non-partisan and independent in theory. Try less insults, try running and stop talking, and get involved. We all pay taxes and hold jobs. You should have seen EP in 1948. Same issues, different faces.
Dorothy O'Gara September 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Thank you Rags 1. As for the state, Democrat J. Joseph Gerrahy was well liked and avoided scandal and controversy. Ed Diprete was a Republican and served time in jail. And then we have Republican Don Carceiri that we can thank for initiating the Studio 38 debacle. It's the individual person not the party that is responsible. The choice rests entirely on the voter, those that cast a ballot and those who choose to "skip it".
Jimmy Jones September 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Googan at it again. Looooser just can't go away. Out putting junk in my mail box. Keep your trash in your own house you fat head. No one want to read your crayon school work. If you stayed in school you might have gotten to college ruled paper but instead you have to stick to shining shoes because it is the only job you can handle. Got get a job and leave the election process to people with some brains.
Cain September 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Coogan told me that his wife was getting the $100,000 job at the Housing Authority. I guess she did not get it.
david sullivan September 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I realize people are disgusted and discouraged with politics. I am too. Candidates need to be vetted. I'm also in favor of having all candidates subject to a criminal background check! This of course includes myself.
Rumford Resident September 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Carcieri just gave an interview. When will Gordon Fox do the same? The local Dems have a great track record..... Billy Irons, who legalized bribery Kleyla. Where is she exactly? Tsonos. Still waiting for him to provide his plan to fund middle school sports. Who decided to run for another job instead of focusing on his current one. Luckily we now have the Budget Commission. We can only hope they stay around for a long time!
Townie Embarassed September 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Rogers+Rose+Rossie=open checkbook for police overtime. Oh, and Bruce if you want to play "Mayor" why don't you stick to EP's problems... http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/mayors-for-the-freedom-to-marry
Rags 1 September 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Congradulations to all that survived the public voting vetting process, which in the end, is the only one that really counts. Now the real election begins now that the primaries are over. I have great respect for all those that put their name in, gain criticism, get unwarranted insults just for being there, and still hang on until the electorate make their choice. It isn't the best process, but the best process that we know about. Good luck to all of them.
Dermody September 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Is the RUMOR TRUE that there is a candidate lined up to run against Chrissy Rossi and if so, how can I get a sign?
Tamra September 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Chrissy Rossi may not be the best spoken but that lady has a lot of passion. She's very active in the community and really does want the best for the kids. She's a real person, who owns a business, has lived in EP for Years. I'm voting for the life-long EP resident who knows what it was like, is like and has kids in the system too (the one thing I dont think Chrissy had) If it affects their kids, they are likely to fix it! I had the pleasure of meeting Anthoy Ferreira on election day, he is running in Ward 2 (which is not my ward but I liked him) and I also met Joel Monteiro volunteering at the project 106 breakfast (& he always volunteers everywhere, that's what we need!). My brother went to school with him and he is still the same nice guy he was back in the 80's! He's running at Large, so he has my vote. Also met BJ Decrezenzo (sp) and she seems pretty no nonsense, and Tracy Capobianco, my neice goes to her daycare, also a very nice lady with alot of heart. Pay attention to your candidates. We're down to lint in our pockets. We need fighters on these committees who will take back our town!
Siraia Barcelos September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I respect your opinion of Chrissy but I need someone who isn't burning bridges by shooting off at the mouth. I knew Joel and Tracey in school as well and you're right about him, he is truly the nicest guy I've ever met. He'd take the shirt off his back for anyone. He and his wife had a foster kid who is friendly with my son. Today he's an adult and still can't say enough about that family. He's exactly what we need in our town. Lets hope he gets in.
Tonya Borello September 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Marti Monteiro is his wife. She blogs for the Patch. Just by reading her blogs you can tell alot about their values and family unit. I agree he is who we need, and people like him. I didn't know he had a foster child. My heart just melted. I was in the system my entire life. I'm literally choked up right now. I have always had warm feelings reading about them in her blog, but she never revealed that about them, which tells me they do things from the heart. Thank you for sharing that Ms. Barcelos.
Marti Monteiro September 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Hi Tonya :) I never blogged that about us because I wanted to respect the kids' privacy. We still talk to all four kids regularly (they are actually all adults now) only one lived with us and he will be 18 and moving on to college next fall. We will be there for them for as long as we have breath in our bodies. We love them, and are very proud of them.
Siraia Barcelos September 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
:( sorry about that, I wasn't thinking.
William Rupp(Editor) September 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
TO ALL TAX PAYERS OF E.P. if you want this city to go right down the tubes rossie rose rogers are the fools you want to vote for .any one else with an IQ over12 you must vote the ship of fools OUT.
Rags 1 September 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
There is alot about personalities, but little about the issues and SOLUTIONS. Society is responsible for its own delinquency. There you have it.
Tonya Borello September 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
you Have to go to the post for that Rags
Colin Reddington September 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Thanks for that info Tonya. I was able to read it on line. I think a person's character speaks volumes. It's nice when it's paired with brains, which appears to be the case. We shall see.
Ep resident September 21, 2012 at 06:03 AM
"Police overtime." The cops in this city seem to be working very hard lately. Bank robberies, murders, drugs, guns, drive by shootings all with arrests in these cases. The fire department's overtime is much larger than the police overtime. Not to mention that the firefighters take overtime, then are allowed to sleep. At least the police officers are out on the road for their shifts, not in bed sleeping. Why is it the firefighters don't have to work a normal shift or stay awake?
Just the Facts September 21, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I'm sure the FF's would gladly circle your neighborhood 10 -14hrs @ a time if you asked them to. Maybe they could look for fires between rescue runs? Or the City could hire and fill the 20 vacancies and eliminate OT all together? They obviously haven't made that a priority when they threw 3.5mil grant into the circular file that would have paid to fill those vacancies. Don't bash the men/woman dedicated to taxpayer safety. Question the decisions of the people @ 145 Taunton ave who make the decisions on how the dept is staffed and financed.
Another Ep resident September 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The fact is, if the city used the grant then the city would have to match the grant. The fact is, we don't need four fire stations. The fact is, clearly the city didn't feel we needed twenty more firefighters. The fact is, my tax dollars have paid firefighters while they went shopping for food, cooked in their kitchens, and slept. The fact is, if those of us with regular jobs did that, we would be fired.
Kevin Jameson September 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Another EP resident, there was no match for the ff grant. It paid everything for 2 years. If we have too many stations, which one should we close? Don't forget, closing a station will cause our insurance rates to go up. Taxes won't go down, insurance will go up, and services will decrease. Where would we save closing a station? You say that everything you say is a fact. Is it really?
Kevin Jameson September 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Also, Another EP resident, the city had the fire dept apply for another grant for 22 firefighters. Seems like they now feel turning down the grant was a bad idea.
Just the Facts September 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
You should really get "your" facts straight "another". It was not a grant that required any municipal contribution of any kind. Would you like to enlighten us w/ more inaccurate quips?
Another Ep resident September 22, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Well, at the council meeting where they voted not to use the grant it was explained that if the grant paid for twenty for two years, then the city had to continue to pay those twenty for two years. That sounds like matching the grant to me. I notice there were no remarks about shopping and sleeping. Could it be because we taxpayers all see the red trucks in front of the stores, while firefighters come out with groceries. Also, no comments about sleeping. Must be nice to get your sleep in while working, so you can do things around the house when you get off. Nothing wrong with setting up schedules, so the taxpayers don' t have to pay you while you are sleeping. How are those facts. Go ahead and try to deny that you get paid to sleep, shop, cook, and watch tv.
Someone's Opinion September 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Another EP resident, I'd be willing to bet that if the FF's were able to work 8 hour shifts like most of us do, they'd take it. But they work around the clock. I know I can't stay up 24'hours and function at my job. And I must admit that I do have a lunch break, and another shorter break, during my work day. So often we read where people tell FF's that if they don't like it, quit their job. I guess I could say to you to become a fire fighter.
t1 September 22, 2012 at 02:36 AM
i agree with "another." too many employees. close a station means one less building, less trucks, less ff. make them work eight hour shift and stay awake. then when there is a call, all three stations can respond. then everyone is getting paid to do something and not paid to sleep.i dont get paid for my lunch, but they should be able to eat.
Just the Facts September 22, 2012 at 08:00 AM
So right. close all the stations and take the phone off the hook. Problem solved! Any ideas about the issues in the Middle East??
Dan October 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
In 1948, EP was a town run by the RI General Assembly. It wasn't until 1955 that EP became a City and was awarded a "Home Rule" Charter. That charter brought with it the democracy that many of you are complaining about. You don't like democracy? You prefer perhaps "machine" government dictated from the halls of the State House? Fact is, the only problem with EP is that it has too many complainers that live only to criticize elected officials, but never step up themselves to show how they themselves can handle the responsibility. Remember folks, democracy only provides citizens with a voice, to make that voice effective everyone needs to take part in in the experiment...

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