What’s in…What’s out ..8-4 Budget blooms, motor voter,text bullying and more….



What’s in…What’s out…

What’s in…

State Budget… the RI State budget finally passed Thursday with little fanfare and notice by the public. Sometimes I wonder if apathy is so prevalent that people really do not pay attention. I have asked several people complaining about the state, at gatherings and outings, who their State Representative or Senator is and no one knew. When asked they mentioned names of former council people or others who had not been in office for years. It seems strange but true. People really are so unaware of what goes on around them. But they will pay attention if their taxes go up or if the new budget effects their way of life in some way. For example, if fees or taxes increase and they have to pay more, they will pay attention.
I say this because it is so important to listen and watch. Yes the budget finally passed after a month long silent rumble which was negotiated in private. The public will learn what was agreed upon and the terms of this “so called “agreement “ or “ deal” within the following months. Stay tuned and be aware because it’s your money.

Motor Voter Registration Is law… Under new RI law, when you register your car, you will also be registered to vote unless you opt out. Now, we know many will not opt out and the voter lists will plummet. I still think this will have no bearing on getting the apathetic out to vote. But it will ensure that the ones who are politically motivated are registered. But then again, wouldn’t they have registered on their own anyway?

Facebook live lives… If you are a Facebook user, you may have seen that Facebook live is being used by local Television Channels 10,12 and six to report news, do promos, and give highlights and weather. The technology used is professional and the settings are casual and clear. And you can even type in a comment and they will respond to you live. It’s a new technology that rocks. Really it is so upbeat and the sets are great!
However, we see many others trying to establish Facebook live with little fanfare, poor sound and repetitive substance. It’s like watching a low budget horror film. But I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery, even if it doesn’t cut the ice!


What’s out…

Teen suicide on the rise… sad to say that experts are say smart phones are causing a rise in teen suicide because of social media use.
Children are getting cell phones at an early age and clearly are using social media to identify and find themselves. While smart phones and social media are a heartbeat of our lives today, they can also be a deadly weapon to enforce depression and heartache.

The example is clearly demonstrated in the court case in Massachusetts of
Michelle Carter who was found guilty of manslaughter in the suicide death of Conrad Roy III. Texting can be fatal in so many ways. This woman has ruined her life and was found guilty of texting her former boyfriend to encourage him to commit suicide. What have we come to? Clearly this woman has serious mental problems and is now out on appeal. A fifteen month sentence was rendered down but the victim’s family is furious.
Parents have to be more vigilant of their children in what they are doing and who they are doing it with. As a child, I remember the kids who were the bullies and how miserable they made it for the weak and vulnerable children.
The bullies have now found a new way to bully by texting and using social media. I call it “ Bullying by Cell” and it is done to the most vulnerable and week by the cowardly bullies who wouldn’t do it in person. It may be time for stricter laws regarding bullying abuse. But it certainly is time for Parents to be more vigilant. New times, new methods, new restrictions are the only way!



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