Scott MacKay Commentary: Have A Sane Holiday Season

Tis the season of shopping, socializing and celebrating. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says commercialism has over shadowed the holiday season.
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Political Roundtable: Golden Turkeys Of 2015 & Stories For Which We Were Thankful

For Thanksgiving week, the panel looks back at Rhode Island political stories for which we were thankful for in 2015, as well as our top political turkeys of the year.
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The Rhode Island Trucking Association said Monday it's filing an open record request to learn additional details about Governor Gina Raimondo's controversial truck-toll proposal, after previous requests for the information went unanswered.

A fire in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system on the roof of the Textron building created billowing smoke that could be seen for miles away Sunday morning.

Firefighters brought the fire under control shortly after reporting to the scene. The blaze was reported at about 10:30 AM.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Public safety commissioner Steve Pare said the cause is not believed to be suspicious.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with president and CEO of Collette of Pawtucket, Dan Sullivan. Sullivan is a travel industry veteran, whose company organizes guided vacations and tours all over the world. The three talk about how the travel industry has been affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, what travelers should know about security, and the growing popularity of Cuba as a travel destination.

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Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, for many that means door-buster deals, and low-priced consumer electronics, but in Rhode Island the day also offers an opportunity to give back.

For the 19th year in a row, local political activist Greg Gerritt has organized a ‘Buy-Nothing Day’ winter coat drive, the day after Thanksgiving. The statewide drive operates donation and pickup sites at locations across Rhode Island.

Gerritt said he thinks of the event as an antidote to a society too driven by consuming.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

This month we bring you a special, Thanksgiving Rhode Island  Artscape. We take look at the art and the history of the Thanksgiving menu, and how it’s changed

John Bender / RIPR

As families across the state prepare to put their Thanksgiving turkeys in the oven for a long roasting, some may wonder, just where that fowl came from. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited one poultry farm in West Greenwich to find out more about raising these traditional birds. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

On this Thanksgiving day, most Rhode Islanders are enjoying a big meal and time with family and friends. But there’s no time off for the state’s emergency departments – ready around the clock to treat whatever comes their way. 

Rhode Island Hospital emergency department director Dr. David Portelli says that’s usually kitchen accidents, and the results of overindulgence. “When we do look at the numbers, we do see there’s more lacerations – about three times as many by percent – and some more episodes of congestive heart failure.”

David Sullivan, Rhode Island’s well-regarded state tax administrator, is leaving his post in state government for a private sector job.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

For her first Thanksgiving as governor, Gina Raimondo says she’ll be with family at her mother’s home in Greeneville. Raimondo says the menu for 20 will include some typical dishes.

“And we’ll have all the regular fixings plus...a lot of macaroni," said Raimondo. "Of course we’ll have the turkey and the stuffing, but in our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if you don’t also have the pasta.”

Raimondo says she wishes all Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving. 

T.F. Green Airport Security Gate
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. T.F. Green Airport officials expect a rush through Sunday. But they’ve planned ahead to help travelers unwind.


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