What’s in… What’s out…
What’s in… The Thanksgiving Holiday
The Thanksgiving holiday is still a Holiday where we can enjoy the togetherness of our families and loved ones without the pressure of gift giving and presents. It still remains a day of giving thanks for all we have and reflecting on those who have less. Family members travel far and near to be together on this Holiday to share the love, food and tribute to being here in America to enjoy it all!
What’s in… The Providence and Pawtucket Coat drives...
The Rhode Island “Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Drive” took place on Black Friday this year. Greg Gerritt, a frequent social activist at the RI State House, has made this an annual tradition on the State House lawn every year. Coats are dropped off at key locations and at the State House where families can choose a warm coat to weather the winter cold.
The Pawtucket coat drive known as ” Warm Hearts Buy Nothing Coat Drive” is the brainstorm of Arthur Plitt, a Pawtucket humanitarian, who has orchestrated a successful coat giveaway at the Salvation Army in Pawtucket for many years.
Kudos to Gregg Gerritt and Arthur Plitt for their caring and timely efforts!
What’s in… The Newly Elected Women of the RI House of Representatives
Fresh out of the general elections this year are five new women elected to the RI House of Representatives, bringing the total to 23. Not equal numbers yet, but at least rising, though short of the number of 27 who served before the downsizing and redistricting of the RI General Assembly in the year 2000.
Susan Donovan, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Camille Vella-Wilkinson, Julie Casimiro, and Moira Walsh join a male dominated House. Congratulations and good luck as they add a much needed dimension to the House.
What’s out… Ray Gallison, John DeSimone, Jan Malik, and Tom Palangio
For one reason or another, these members of the RI House leadership are out of office as the General Assembly convenes in January. After years of being in office, they will be replaced by new Representatives this year. Let this be a lesson to all lawmakers that the people of this state are paying attention. As my grandpa used to say, “The people put you in, and they can put you out. You can never forget the people who elected you to represent them”. If only every elected official would remember who took them to the dance.
What’s out… The Fidel Castro Era
Fidel Castro may have died this weekend, but his torturous memories live on. The Cuban dictator ruled for five decades causing thousands of migrants to flee Cuba for a better life. This dictator will be most remembered for a near-catastrophic nuclear war with the United States.
After illness, Castro permanently handed over his rule to his brother, Raul Castro, in 2008. Many look forward to change in the Cuban government but with a Castro still in power, they wonder if things will be the same.
What’s out…The Old Lively Experiment Format
For those of us who regularly watch PBS’s “Lively Experiment”, it was refreshing to see Jim Hummel take the reins. Since Hummel is moderating the show, there has been a steady change of new faces on as panelists. This show is reflecting diversity in having women panelists, minority panelists, panelists of different economic and social backgrounds and
different party affiliations. Kudos to them for recognizing that Rhode Islanders want to see not only the wealthy or well-connected “who’s who” of Rhode Island but the average person, too. People are tired of turning on commentary shows and seeing the same panelists every week because they agree with the moderator. Hummel has shown this way of doing things is out.b