Giannini: What’s In, What’s Out?


What’s In

Kavanaugh Hearings

There have been allegations of attempted rape and sexual misconduct. It was all on display yesterday for millions of Americans. Whatever the outcome, from now on, every judicial candidate will be vetted to the extreme. Every judicial nominee should think twice before accepting the nomination. We have now reached the age of tell all or else. Stay tuned.

Providence School Bus Strike

The bus drivers Teamsters Local 251 are striking against First Student, the company hired by the city to transport students. When several negotiations failed, the union decided to strike. This strike leaves Providence students without transportation. Let’s hope they get it together soon as this really puts a strain for students, parents and the entire school system. Please everyone be safe out there!

The Flames of Hope Waterfire 

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation will hold its annual celebration of life this Saturday. A free health resource fair will be held at the Omni Providence hotel from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The torch carrying ceremony begins at 6:30 PM with 150 people carrying torches from Station Park to Waterplace Park where the Waterfire basins will be lit.

Two ticketed events are scheduled also. One is a  $30.00 food, wine and beer tasting open to all 21 and older from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and the Pink Party is $50.00 from 7:30 PM to Midnight. Let’s get out and support them.💝

What’s Out

Rhode Island made National News on Wednesday…Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse brought forward accusations given to him by a constituent from Newport who accused Supreme court justice nominee Kavanaugh of more allegations with a women on a boat in Newport.  Later  the man retracted his accusations and it was all said to be fake news. Certainly  the Senator should have checked out his source and vetted it properly. These types of allegations are serious and we depend on our Senators to get it right. As we hold our judicial nominees to a certain behavior, we also hold our elected Senator to the same. 

Election blues

We have five more weeks to go and it’s already getting very negative with commercials. If it’s like this now, what will it be like during the last week?

Also, I’ve seen many former candidates explaining and making excuses for their support of their opponents after their loss in the primary. I’ve always felt that you can’t transfer votes. Losing candidates can and have a right to support who they want, but it really means very little in the end. The voters will vote for who they want and will not be deterred by who supports who. Voters are looking for experience, honesty and a hard working person. Party affiliations and “The Who’s who “ list really don’t  mean as much as it use to. The times are changing!

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at