Giannini: What’s In? What’s Out?


What’s In…

Soccer team and coach saved

A miracle in Thailand has happened with the incredible rescue of all the boys and their coach from the cave. What an incredible rescue effort to save these boys. Thank you to all those involved. Special thoughts and prayers go out to the heroic efforts of Petty Officer Saman Gunan who lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex, where he had been delivering air tanks, and then lost his life. 

Elections on

It’s election time everyone. So let’s stay tuned for the nastiest, dirtiest campaign season in the last twenty years. With many incumbent candidates fully-funded with enormous campaign accounts, it will take a lot of hard work for challengers to compete.

But this year there is something different. In the year of the “resist movement” and “me too” movements, challengers will be heard and looked at for a change in our government. Gone are the old days of the master lever and in are the days of splitting your vote. Challengers will have a chance more this year than any other because the public has woken up. They are now paying attention to all the conflicts, vendettas, campaign violations, and criminal records, and saying “ENOUGH”.  They will weed out the good from the bad. There are many good incumbents who do their job and they will be rewarded by reelection, but a warning to those who are there to intimidate, bully and misuse the power (given to you by the people). We the people are now paying attention. Apathy is no more! Look for the candidates who support you and are there to represent you, not just themselves! Take a look at your local state official’s record and see if what they accomplished was for you or for themselves. You may be surprised!

What’s out

Karl Wadenstern has dropped out of the Lt. Governor’s race. He says Rhode Island politics is not for him. It only took one night at the Republican state convention to convince him that things aren’t done fairly in politics. Did he think this was the bean bag?

All I can think of is the famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Who said life is fair?” Politics can be a cruel game for both parties. It is not restricted by party lines. It exists and is driven by egos, power and money. But if you have the fire in your belly, the will to serve the public, and the guts to grin and bear it, you will survive and maybe even thrive. To all the challengers, regardless of party affiliation, I thank you for your guts to get involved, your ability to care and your heart to endure. Whether you lose or win, you are a survivor having just gotten in the game. 

Racial comments,  innuendos, threats and intimidation

Facebook and Twitter are filled with accusations, declarations, and comments made by candidates, elected officials and campaign workers. Let’s be clear here: while many people want to know what’s happening out there, many also want the facts and truth. Let’s keep our eyes open for the truth and for the lies and pray to know the difference. Social media can be a dangerous tool for hurting people or a good tool for helping people. That is your choice.

In this day and age of “saying it like it is” let’s remember there is always two sides to every story and sometimes there are three. So let’s watch, wait and listen to what is going on and review all sides before taking a side.

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