Pinga! your incumbent

The more turnover at Halitosis Hall, the better, we say
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2008

Phillipe + Jorge were thrilled to see the upset victory by baker Michael Pinga over incumbent state Senator “Snarlin’ Steve” Alves in their Democratic primary race, which gives Pinga the West Warwick seat in the General Assembly. (There is no GOP or independent challenger in the November election.)

We revel in Pinga’s unexpected win, not just because Alves is arrogant, and power-hungry, but because he is one of the entrenched powers on Smith Hill, through his position as chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Alves’s clawing egotism is evident in his desperate protest to the Board of Elections and his request that the primary be rerun for the most specious of reasons even after he lost in the recount he demanded.

Although the McCain/Palin ticket throws into doubt the age-old line, “It can’t get any worse than this” about the politicians in power, the current members of the General Assembly — particularly the leadership and those who embody “the silence of the lambs” by going along with them — as a whole have done little to recommend their re-election to office. This is unless, of course, you are pleased by Little Rhody’s current state of affairs.

So let’s go, voters, get inspired, and upset the broken-down old applecart. What is there to lose by dumping the leadership and their pawns like the way Snarlin’ Steve got his ass kicked out the door by a solid citizen with some heart and common sense? Give someone else a shot, and Pinga! your incumbent this November. 

Prez search on at URI
It’s too early to bid a fond adieu to our admired and esteemed old pal, URI prez Bob Carothers, who announced he will be stepping down as Vo Dilun’s State U. head ramrod at the end of this coming June. But now that we are informed that the search committee for his replacement will be headed by big bucks URI donor and alum Tom Ryan (’75), the CEO of CVS Caremark, we wonder if well-known former business associates of the drugstore chain, John “My Sharona” Celona and Gerard “Bag Man” Martineau, will be cleaning up their resumes and applying for the position?

Ripta’s short-sighted cuts
We’ve all heard about the proposed bus service cuts. Most of us understand it is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING!

But there is a part of the story that has hardly been mentioned — the significant impact the proposed cuts would have on people with disabilities. This is a subject that Jorge is quite familiar with.

Not only is he a non-automobile driver and regular user of RIPTA buses, he works for In-Sight, a Warwick-based nonprofit that promotes opportunities and independence for blind and visually impaired Vo Dilunduhs.

According to the requirements for the para-transit service (aka, the RIde program) that serves those whose disabilities do not allow them to drive automobiles, the pickup and drop-off locations for riders “must be within three quarters of mile of a fixed bus route.”

Since RIPTA is proposing eliminating the #8 bus, which runs up Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, In-Sight employees will no longer be dropped off nor picked up at In-Sight. The closest bus line will now be more than a mile away, on Post Road.

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