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People believe all kinds of crazy things. Three out of four Americans believe there are signs that aliens from outer space have visited the Earth. More than 40 percent think that early modern humans co-existed with dinosaurs. more
To the Editor: In response to your recent article (“Bill to create national park unit in Blackstone River Valley clears House committee,” Sept. 22, 2014), the National Parks Conservation Association greatly welcomes the opportunity to add the historic Blackstone River Valley into the National Park System for all Americans to experience and enjoy. more
Manufacturing has changed greatly in the past 20 years in Rhode Island. We’ve moved from a mass- production environment to a mass-customization environment and many facets of this transformation are now critical to the region’s economic vitality. Let’s take a look at how local and global influences have had an impact on the Ocean State and how the state can move forward based on what can be learned from its recent experience. more
The Vermont single-payer initiative, which was cited both locally and nationally as a transformational model for a lower-cost health care system, collapsed in the latter part of December. It couldn’t work because it tried to replace the employer-based system – one in which a majority of consumers receive health insurance from their employer – with an impractical proposal that would have required $2.5 billion in additional funding (in fiscal 2012, the state had only $2.7 billion in total tax revenue). more
We're going to be asking what states owe workers a lot as the former wrestle with growing pension obligations. Illinois courts have just ruled that the state's attempt to curtail its pension benefits cannot go forward. The Chicago Tribune … more
To understand why the U.S. education system is mired in mediocrity, start by listening to Scott McKim's story. McKim has a master's degree in watershed science, an undergraduate degree in meteorology, with minors in math and physics, and … more
In 1934, with the U.S. economy still mired in the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Export-Import Bank in order to make it easier for American companies to sell their goods in foreign markets and create … more
It turns out that most people who enrolled in health insurance for 2014 through HealthCare.gov didn’t bother going back to the site to shop around for better prices for 2015. That means they will pay higher premiums than necessary. It also raises a separate question: What’s the point of having options if so few people use them? more
Could the innovation that has helped drive human prosperity for centuries finally be petering out? Some worry that the easy discoveries in science and technology have been made, and it will only get harder from here. Is this believable? more
There is often a misconception about the scope of export-controls regulations. Consider, for example, a manufacturing company that sells its products, maybe including military items, to customers that are all in the U.S. Perhaps the customer is the U.S. federal government itself, either the Department of Defense or one of its military branches. Alternatively, consider a company that is not a manufacturer, but rather solely a provider of engineering or other services to domestic clients or perhaps directly to the U.S. government. more
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