Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out?

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What’s in…

The nurses strike ended Thursday. 

More  than 2,400 members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 took to the picket lines as the strike began on Monday against Lifespan’s Rhode Island Hospital and HASBRO Children’s Hospital. After months of failed negotiations, once the UNAP strike began, it took days before the Governor finally gave a statement asking for both sides to reconvene talks and settle.

Am I the only one who thinks there is something wrong with this? Elected officials in this state need to stay on top of these issues to avoid strikes and prevent these disputes from happening.  It’s called “leadership”. And we have not seen it in a long time.

We need to support our nurses by paying them fairly.

Our health care system is used by every one of us. It effects our daily lives. When will leaders of this state realize that the lives of Rhode Islanders and especially children are at stake? The health professionals in these jobs have thankless jobs and long, overworked hours. It has been like that forever.

When will Rhode Island be proactive instead of reactive? I don’t care who walks the line and says they support these nurses and health professionals. I want to see positive results, not a show for election year. So be alert everyone, it could be your loved one at risk – or you. The only weapon you have is your vote! Make it count!

Facebook fined

The U.K. Has fined Facebook $600,000 for the Cambridge Analytics scandal because 87 million users’ data was harvested for political purposes. Regulators found that the social network failed to safeguard users’ information and allowed personal data to be harvested by others constituting a breach of contract under the Data Protection Act of 1998.

The culture of meanness

It is almost impossible to comment on any Washington news anymore without a backlash. Don’t even think of talking about Washington politics or you will be labeled a Trump supporter.

These days, everything has become a political football.

There was a time when one could have an open mind and state a willingness to work together with the opposite side. That is gone. All you hear now is about personal attacks on candidates, family, and supporters of those candidates. There is no hands off approach on certain personal issues anymore. We have entered the season of “Mean” and  “Accusations” – and there’s no turning back.

What’s Out

Keeping Student Numbers Limited In Apartments 

Councilman Seth Yurdin has withdrawn an amendment he introduced creating occupancy limits for undergraduate students in Providence.

The councilman recently introduced a proposal that would only allow up to four undergraduate students to live together in any unit of a non-owner of a multi-family, single family, semi-detached or rowhouse dwelling anywhere in the city. This proposal was met with opposition. 

Can’t people debate with class and dignity any more, Giannini wonders.

She Said, She Said

Sparks flew this week on “The View” when Judge Jeanine Pirro had a run in with “View” host Whoopi Goldberg. The two were verbally sparring on the air about Washington politics and President Trump, which spilled over to a backstage confrontation.

Jeanine Pirro accused Goldberg of telling her to “ get the f—-  out of the building”, and Goldberg accused Pirro of calling the women hosts a bad name. Wow!

So this is what we have come to? No one can agree to disagree anymore. It’s like a wild cat fight without the cats. Sad commentary for women who should be debating an issue with class and respect for each other. Next we will have our TV hosts and guests wearing body armor!

 
 
 
 
 
Russell Moore
Russell J. Moore is the publisher and founder of rirelevant.com. He’s been writing about Rhode Island since 2005. You should definitely follow him on twitter @russmoore713. If you want to send him email, you can send it to russmoore713@gmail.com
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