Mary Ann Sorrentino's 2 Cents Worth

Opinions, Observations and Musings

Mary Ann Sorrentino

Mary Ann Sorrentino
RI or FL depending on season, USA
June 19
Mary Ann is a columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel, the Providence Phoenix and other newspapers and has appeared on She was an Associated Press Award-winning radio talk host for 13 years and the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of RI 1977-1987. Her most recent book, ABORTION - The A Word (Gadd Books) is available on line and in major bookstores.


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OCTOBER 15, 2010 10:08AM

Paladino: Not Only a Fool, A Disgrace to the Italian Ethic

          It may have been naïve of me, but I kept hoping the Sons of Italy, the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League or some such outfit would have spoken up by now on what an embarrassment NY Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is to… Read full post »





     "Beverages, Bitches and Bikinis" doesn't sound like an event you'd expect a state campus to support. Yet that is the title originally proposed for an event sponsored by WXIN, the student radio station at state-supported Rhode IslanRead full post »

The suicide of Tyler Clementi,  the 18-year-old student who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his private intimate encounters with another man were secretly taped and made available to other people by his college roommate, is a metaphor for all that is wrong with America's view of ho… Read full post »



We received our Italian-European Union passports in the mail today.  Such a humble way to announce such a long-awaited milestone. It has taken me and my husband more than two years to navigate the obstacle course of both American and Italian bureaucracies, and there were manRead full post »



            This week, Teresa Lewis was executed by injection in the state of Virginia, a so-called "Pro Life" state.  Lewis was the first woman to be pu/Read full post »



Primary elections this week will gauge just how angry voters really are. What they will not tell us is what the majority of Americans are thinking. That's because in this "land of the free and home of the brave" about one in five citizens eligible to vote actually bothers… Read full post »

               9-11 aereal photo

              The anniversary of the disaster that was 9/11 rolls around this Saturday, marking nine years since Americans were told they were/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 9:42AM

New England Stares Down Earl, With Caution & Bravado

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           Coastal New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with hurricanes. They detest the damages and havoc such storms threaten to cause, but they also secretly welcome any challenge to their native New England resourcefulness. I… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2010 9:21PM

America: Paradise Lost

Michelle Obama raised eyebrows once when she said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” because, “hope is making a comeback” and the country is “hungry for change.”

Unlike her, I feel disappointed in my country-- more specifically, in i… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2010 10:29AM

Italia Bella: Quanto Mi Manchi*

(* Beautiful Italy: How I Miss You)

Somehow born in the wrong country, I return to you whenever I can

to fill my lungs with the air of my mothers and fathers and breathe again.

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Now I bring my own progeny, to stand in awe of your massive sacred spaces… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2010 6:59PM

Good-Bye, Laura...and Good Riddance


Anyone who thinks Laura Schlesinger's announcement about an abrupt departure from talk radio is about her alleged concerns for "First Amendment rights" doesn't know squat about the real world of broadcasting. This is a business where talents who make the front pages for killing someone could p… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2010 7:50PM

Gone Fishin'


Please follow the photos down to the message below

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JULY 7, 2010 11:05AM

Questions Looking for Answers


      1.   Trillions of dollars, and thousands of deaths later nothing has changed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Isn’t George W. Bush guilty of something at least as serious as what Bernie Madoff or the Wall Street bankers did to us? Can't B/… Read full post »


photo by Heather Kae


(Edited for OS, this originally appeared in the Keene Sentinel in 7/2006)



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JUNE 27, 2010 6:44PM

Sex & Violence STILL Selling: Do You Mind?

Not long ago I posted examples of ads from the 1950's and 1960's with images that were degrading and offensive to some many women and men. Those images included violence against women and the sexual objectification of women and, sometimes, children.

Many readers were appropriately disgusted and shock… Read full post »

This is a repost of a 2005 column which appeared in several New England papers. "W" may be out of office, but the health risks of ED remedies remain. So, do your homework before popping those pills.  Better to risk going blind the old-fashioned way! 

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JUNE 25, 2010 9:10AM




The FDA is out of control and something needs to be done.


Recently, a respected Rhode Island medical practice fell under health department scrutiny for admitting it was implanting contraceptive intrauterine… Read full post »

(If you're just joining this Reality Blog...please read this post from the bottom up so you'll understand what we've been doing this week...Thanks, and welcome!)

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JUNE 20, 2010 11:36PM

Music for the Recession Bordering on Depression


(Click above and please try to listen to the song to its end.

then hit back button to return to post. Thanks.)


 She looked like many teenage girls-- dewy complexion and Miley Cyrus curls framing a pretty face… Read full post »



Dear Daddy,

I still think of you as "Daddy" because you went to heaven when I was such a little girl that I never got to the point of calling you "Dad" or anything that grownup.

But I still remember so many things about you -- especially those… Read full post »

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JUNE 14, 2010 6:28PM

Nothing New Under the (Chappaquiddick) Sun


The FBI report on the late Senator Edward Kennedy released today under the Freedom of Information Act is receiving significant attention for the number of threats against the late senator’s life. Those of us in Kennedy country aren’t surprised at all: The Kennedy’s have alway… Read full post »



Most of us can drag up a memory of an outfit, a hat, a dress, a topcoat or some fashion craze we bought and wore (thinking we looked terrific, by the way) and which-- today-- makes us wonder what we could have been thinking??

 Maybe for you it/…

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This is a repost of a column I wrote in 2006 - but the "walk to New Orleans" seems sadly timely again.

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On March 29,2006 while the rest of us were busy getting ready for spring by cleaning out closets, turning over the garden, making plans for school vacations,Read full post »
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JUNE 10, 2010 1:16PM



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If confession is good for the soul, it must be a real tonic for Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker, married three times and drummed out of political power after 84 ethics violations were filed against him later became a Catholic. He joins a list of celebrities drawn to R… Read full post »


                      HE WON.   HE'S THE PRESIDENT.  GET OVER IT!


Give the guy a break!

President Obama spoke on the TODAY show about the need for him to bRead full post »