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by Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien, commentary
AMERICANS DON’T WANT AN “ELECTION SEASON”
It’s amazing to me how much of EVERYTHING has changed because of COVID. People don’t want to return to the office, no one seems to have a true drive to work… or anything, patriotism is in the tank, Santa shows up on ZOOM here and there… huge movie stars are ending up on TV because the movie industry hit the skids… there’s shortages of the strangest items in America, but not the things Americans are consuming the most (booze and smokes… odd…) and then, there’s politics, power and elections.
Riding on the Rahm Emmanuel quote from 2008 in which he states, “you never let a serious crisis go to waste, and what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” – we have now moved from an “election day” to an “election season”. Early Voting via ballot boxes was a necessity for the pandemic, but now, they’re necessary for the win. I actually heard a Democratic operative say on a major network the other day, “Democrats have figured out how to capitalize on early ballots being cast, and if the Republicans don’t do the same the party will continue to fail. They have always focused on “election day”; it has now become an “election season”. Let’s translate for the simple folks out here… me, included. If the Republicans don’t learn how to ballot harvest, they lose. Plain and simple. It blows my mind this guy even admitted that. A new Reuters poll shows most America’s expect cheating in future elections. Damn. We get what we get then if our standards have sunk to that pathetic low.
Hey, in the meantime I’m watching “A Christmas Story” on an endless loop to keep my mind straight. Though I fully expect this to be cancelled within 5 years. The entire movie is about a young boy trying to secure a gun. That’s not gonna go over well with the mentally ill woke mob plus they love to bitch and moan about insanely innocuous things.
Til next week my friends… and don’t “shoot your eye out”.
It’s with mixed emotions I digest the news that McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket will be no more. Pawtucket voters ok’d Question 4 on their local ballot allowing the city to borrow $330 million to construct a new high school. The new school, which would combine Shea and Tolman high schools, would be built on the property now housing the vacant and deteriorating McCoy. I have so many fond memories of time spent there. I was a season ticket holder when the Cleveland Indians Double A team played at McCoy from 1966 to 1968. I played both Boys Club and Colt League baseball in what was then a field behind McCoy’s left field fence (turned into parking spaces later by the PawSox). I sat in the stands watching my St. Ray’s football team take it on the chin in the annual Thanksgiving Day battle against Tolman. I became friends with Ben Mondor, Mike Tamburro, and the late Lou Schwechheimer during Mondor’s ownership years from 1977 to 2015. Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien says he believes replacing McCoy Stadium with this state of the art high school combo is in the best interest of his city but recognizes it comes with a grieving process. The stadium certainly has a rich history that includes being the sight of the longest game in professional baseball history, a 33-inning affair back in 1981 with the PawSox beating the Rochester Red Wings 3-2. Two future Hall of Famers, Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. played in that contest. Grebien says there will be some kind of farewell to the iconic ballpark. Rhode Island Radio and TV Hall of Famer John “Coach” Colletto posted the idea on Facebook of a PawSox reunion game. I think that would be a wonderful way to say goodbye before the wrecking ball starts swinging. – Ron
CARPET BAGGING CONSIDERATION
Governor-elect Dan McKee and his supporting PACS made it a key issue that his GOP opponent Ashley Kalus only lived in Rhode Island for a short time, hanging the label “carpetbagger” on her. It seems to have worked as Kalus spent a whopping 4.7 million of her own dough to collect 39% of the vote. Well, if state residency is such an important issue with parochial RI voters, perhaps the state should consider adding a residency requirement of some sort to its constitution. Right now, a candidate only needs a 30-day residency to run for the state’s top office.
Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.
Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.
Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.
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