Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out?


What’s In

Back to School Week in RI

Many RI schools will start their sessions this week. Some exceptions, such as Providence, will go back September 4th. The upcoming heat wave this week will certainly put a scorcher on the “back to school mood”. So buckle down and get ready for a long school session. There are always snow days and holidays to look forward to.

It’s back to school once again!

Halloween Candy and Costumes

Yes it’s so! I saw parents buying Halloween costumes this week , (Cinderella dresses) in a  Marshall’s store.

Also on display, were Fall wreaths, pumpkins and scary Halloween decorations. And all the candy is already out in CVS and Walmart stores. Maybe we should move Halloween to August 31st instead of October 31st? That way we wouldn’t interfere with school nights or have it be dark so early. Of course then, we would probably be starting with the Christmas decorations in September! 👻

Ballot Busters

The Absentee ballot busters are out in full force!

I kid you not! Teams of people are going door to door to get absentee ballots of seniors and other people who can’t go to the polls. Your vote is private and you should make sure you vote for who you want. Don’t be coerced into letting anyone fill out your ballot, unless you want them to. As Nellie Gorbea said, “Your vote is private”.   Make sure you fill out correctly and make your vote count!

Women are tearing it up this year in politics.

Women Candidates

Women candidates are winning across the country in record-breaking numbers. According to the Woman’ s Center for American Politics at Rutgers University, more women are running than ever before. And they’re beating the odds.

This year a record breaking 200 women have won their Democratic primaries besting 2016’s total of 167.  Behind every good woman is a team of women helping her to achieve her goal. Statistics show that women are considered less corruptible than men and work harder at winning their elections. Good luck to all the candidates, but a special nudge to all the women out there who threw their hat in the ring! Someday, we shall overcome!

What’s Out

PawSox Stadium at Apex

Last week I wrote about the announcement of the PawSox move to Worcester…This week we are learning the details of the deal and we all realize Worcester offered a lot more money than RI did. Whether you are for a stadium or not, some elected leaders dropped the ball on this, leaving RI striking out at the bat.  I don’t know how so many are surprised at the announcement, it’s been almost four years since the PawSox management started their quest for a new stadium. Did parties concerned think they would not go? This is a severe loss for Pawtucket and the state, but we will survive it, we always do.

Summertime Blues

Eddie Cochran once sang, “there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” There is, however. It’s called autumn! 

With Labor Day fast approaching, all of our favorite summertime things will come to an end. Rocky beaches, moonlit warm nights, ocean cruises and hot sunny days will be gone in just a few weeks.

But let’s not rush it. There is always Indian Summer. And that’s the most beautiful season of all. 

This is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Soon, we’ll be taxed on the air we breathe. (Maybe it’s best to not joke like that in a state like RI? Why give the legislators any ideas!)

Nothing’s Fee, Except Air–Oh, Wait,

$1.00 for Air? I just visited gas station today and noticed air pumps are now charging us $1.00 for air to fill your tires. It was free in the past. And the air pump takes credit cards too! Now we are paying for air!

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