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Jack Reed  – (D) Senate

Growing up in Cranston, my parents constantly emphasized the importance of hard work, character and perseverance.

My father was a World War II veteran and school custodian.  My mother was a homemaker.  They didn’t have the opportunity to go to college themselves, but were determined their children would.  Their example, commitment and sacrifice led me to the United States Military Academy.  The education I received from West Point and the opportunity to command fellow paratroopers strengthened my resolve to serve others.

I believe we all have a duty to serve, not as soldiers, but as United States citizens: defending our rights, but also shouldering our responsibilities, being part of our community, using our talents and ambition to get ahead, but not ignoring those who might be left behind.

Question 1: AUTHORIZING STATE-OPERATED CASINO GAMING AT NEWPORT GRAND

Shall an act be approved which would authorize the facility known as “Newport Grand” in the city of Newport  to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gambling it offers only and exclusively at the facility located at 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport?

A vote to “Approve” this question means you wish to approve the act authorizing Newport Grand to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gambling it offers only and exclusively at its facility located at 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road in the City of Newport in accordance with the provisions of such act.

A vote to “Reject” this question means you do not approve the act authorizing Newport Grand to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gaming it offers only and exclusively at its facility located at 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road in the City of Newport in accordance with the provisions of such act.

JNS.ORG –Why not stretch the value of your lulav and etrog this year with a little creative repurposing post-festival? When they can be shaken and blessed no more, try one or all of these suggestions for getting the most out of your four species.

Lulav

The lulav bundle, including the palm fronds after which it is named, twigs of myrtle (hadasim), and willow branches (aravot), has customarily been put aside after the Sukkot holiday and saved until Passover time. Having by then dried out, they are used to fuel the fire that burns the chametz found during the final cleaning of home, or as kindling in a wood-fire oven being used to bake matzah. Some also have the tradition of using the dried lulav palm as a broom to sweep up those last bits of hidden chametz. These ritual uses are considered a respectful way to dispose of the lulav, which has the status of a sacred object in Jewish law.

Every few years the Jewish High Holy Days coincide with the election process. Like the holidays, we have a few days that allow us just enough time to reflect and consider our options and direction for the next cycle.

A few weeks ago, Rhode Islanders chose their candidate in the primary election to represent their party in the general election. On Nov. 4, Rhode Islanders, like our counterparts across the nation, will vote for candidates and decide on important issues in the general election. This election, like previous elections, will be of historic importance. We will choose who will serve in the Senate and House.  On the state level, we will elect a new governor to lead our state. We will also elect a new lieutenant governor, general treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general.  And, of course the citizens of Providence will be electing a new mayor.

Arthur Richter with his grandson Max. /Arthur RichterArthur Richter with his grandson Max. /Arthur RichterIf you ever find yourself chatting with Arthur Richter, a youth in his mid-70s, refrain from asking about his senior status. He’ll just look at you, dumbfounded, and shrug his shoulders, “Oh, I’m not a senior!” Richter, who says he feels like he’s in his 40s, will make you guess his age. Then, when you err by 10 years in his favor, he’ll smile victoriously, as if to say, “I told you so.”

Talking with Richter is a bit like trying to catch a fly. As soon as you think you’ve got it, it flies off to descend somewhere else, somewhere much higher and barely reachable. The man has more ideas and stories than Scheherazade, and sadly, we did not have 1,001 nights to talk. Once he starts on one topic, he remembers a relevant story and launches into that tale. Fortunately, Richter is adept at backtracking, revealing the original point and sharing the ending.