I have found that the most successful things Lookout has done have been focused. An example was our outreach to the community on the Casino issue. While Lookout took no position on gambling itself, we did continue to push forward the point that the "Deal" being promoted by Harrah's and the Indians was somehow not good. In fact, there was never clarity on the "Deal." But Lookout had a successful role in defeating the proposal in the ballot box because we were focused.
This is the direction in which I wish to take us forward again. There are so many things to talk about here in R.I. every day, but the vision of what should be thought about and discussed can become clouded very easily. My intention is to look for things that really matter to the taxpayers, and work them through. If that attempt is to no avail, so be it.
I will also say that what I publish here is largely my opinion, unless I inject a newspaper column. If there are arguments, post them. I will NOT respond to the requests for phone debates, etc. I get these periodically, and my only response is that you can debate me here.
Totally unproductive, personal attacks on me by some cowardly people simply won't be published.
I love this state, and hope to be here for the rest of my life. I, like so many of us, only want what is right for the state. Help me generate some discussion. This can not be done alone by any one person. It takes all of us.
Join in!!!
John White


  1. I'm sure at times it must seem that you are a voice in the wilderness. I know there are many Rhode Islanders that feel as strongly as you do about this state and the state it is in but don't have the guts or won't make the time to do what you do. Please don't get discouraged. I am convinced that a great many people are reading your blog. And although they may not post blogs or comments, they look forward to your posts. A major reason for this is you are one of the few influential independent Rhode Islanders who has the integrity and fortitude to "tell it like it is" knowing you may be criticized for you opinions.

    Keep up the great work. I know once you decide on a specific issue, like you did with the casino issue, you will be relentless and the State will be better for it.

  2. Patrick CrowleyMay 6, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    Mr. Hazen-White:

    You continue to publish bad data and misinformation. Since you won't publish my rebuttals, please join me in a public debate of the issues.


    Patrick Crowley
    NEA Rhode Island


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