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There was a lot of manufactured handwringing earlier this month about the middling performance of American 15-year-olds on a global measure of reading, mathematics and science skills. Yet if we look at the scores on the Program for International Student Assessment in the context of another international competition, we get a clearer picture. more
In 2004, while testifying before the R.I. Joint Oversight Committee for Healthcare, I suggested that subscribers were largely responsible for out-of-control health care costs. I struck a nerve, because the next day The Providence Journal announced, “Blue Cross blames subscribers for cost increases.” more
To the Editor: All our waterways should be clean enough to drink from, fish from, and swim in without risk of pollution – from our local rivers and streams to iconic waters like Narragansett Bay. Unfortunately, loopholes in the Clean Water Act have left many of our smaller waters unprotected, including those that feed into Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s Scituate Reservoir. more
The holiday shopping season is upon us. And as we rush to complete our gift-buying, it is easy to get carried away in the spirit of the season and overspend. Some simple money-management tips can keep you in the green and out of the red, and reduce the stress that can come with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. more
U.S. prosecutors are showing new resolve in pursuing cases against the financial institutions that sold the shoddy mortgages that led to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. more
To the Editor: Americans love catchy phrases and buzz words, but sometimes such marketing tactics are nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig. That is exactly what corporations like Verizon and General Motors are doing when they refer to a risky financial transaction that they have named “pension de-risking.” more
For many families, high school graduation is a milestone that signifies the passage to adulthood and the path to a bright future ahead. Unfortunately there is no graduation day for millions of American students who drop out before completing their coursework. more
Trolls – once devious, fearsome members of a mythical race – are now an unwelcomed reality in our modern innovation economy. more
The recent news about UnitedHealthcare of New England’s termination of physicians from its participating network for Medicare Advantage shows that more than just healthcare.gov has the potential to inflame public passions. more
Rhode Island’s economy is improving, but progress is slow and the impact of the 2008 Great Recession is still felt. more
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