Chatter: January

Readers weigh in on stories in print and online.

“The Future of Farming,” October

All year long [Jamie Coelho] has been following Rhode Island farmers who shared their stories of accessing land at “Landing on the Right Acre,” a storytelling event we co-hosted with Young Farmer Network. This check-in with Walrus and Carpenter Oysters, Gnarly Vines Farm and Brandon Family Farm highlights each of their start-up stories as well as how they’ve adapted their farming operations to meet the current COVID-19 moment — it’s been a treat to read each update.
Land for Good
Via Instagram

“Top Nurses,” October

On behalf of all of our physicians and APPs, congratulations to Ashley McAuslin, RN, BSN, CEN, emergency department registered nurse and emergency department patient safety officer at the Miriam Hospital on winning Clinical Practice Nurse of the year!
Brown Emergency Medicine
Via Twitter

Reporter, September

Ellen Liberman quite rightly notes Rhode Island’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade as well as the extensive use of slave labor before and after the Revolution. But these facts do not support her call for the removal of “plantations” from the state’s official name. When Rhode Island was founded, the English used the word plantation to describe the settling of people, usually in a conquered or dominated country; especially the planting or establishing of a colony; colonization, as seen in the historical examples in the Oxford English Dictionary. During the seventeenth century, not just Rhode Island but all of the English settlements in North America and for that matter, Ireland, were referred to as plantations. Certainly, plantation later became associated with agricultural operations that made extensive use of slave labor. Rhode Island may decide to remove plantations from its name, a term with frankly imperialist, if not necessarily racist connotations. But, again, the state’s official name had nothing to do with slavery.
Paul Teverow
Joplin, Missouri