Author Archives: Samuel Gifford Howard

Well, No One Called it the Center for Math and Prosperity

The RI Freedom Center’s Justin Katz uses bad math to attempt to show we shouldn’t look at racial and ethnic differences when it comes to COVID-19.

Friday Flagging: Foster

A look at the flag of Foster, the town that was born in a sort-of-gerrymander in the midst of revolution, and then named after a living person.

Friday Flagging: Exeter

Every Friday until November, I’ll be doing a deep dive into the flags (and accompanying civic symbols) of cities and towns in Rhode Island. The purpose of this exercise is to both shine a light on already-existing symbols and to offer ideas for improving municipal flags. This week on Friday Flagging, it’s the northwest of […]

This Is Not An Authoritarian

Tuesday morning, we got to wake up to this: The┬áRI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the state’s premier advocacy organization for liberty, denounces in the strongest permissible terms the totalitarian nature of the piece of art that Governor Raimondo chose to put forth as “hope” for the Ocean State’s struggles against the Covid-19 pandemic. There […]

Friday Flagging: East Providence

East Providence: Rhode Island’s alpha and omega, the city that stands astride two states.

Friday Flagging: East Greenwich

Anchors and hourglasses galore as Friday Flagging goes to the seat of Kent County.

Friday Flagging: Cumberland

Cumberland builds deep, resonant meaning into a relatively simple design.

Friday Flagging: Cranston

Cranston is Rhode Island’s second largest city (according to Census Bureau estimates). Like a lot of West Bay municipalities, Cranston’s eastern portion is more densely populated than its western portion. Geographically, the city is bound by the Pocasset River and Route 14 on its north, a line from Route 14 down Seven Mile Road on […]

Friday Flagging: Coventry

What is up with that elephant?

Friday Flagging: Charlestown

This Friday, we look at Charlestown, and see what’s possible when you break from outdated symbols.