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To the Editor: My dealer is very concerned about the current direction Rhode Island is heading with regards to marijuana legalization. Obviously he cannot speak for himself for fear of his personal safety, so he has asked me to reach out on his behalf. He is actually a staunch advocate of keeping marijuana illegal, which might surprise people. Currently he makes about $160,000 every year, tax-free of course, and before decriminalization passed he made more than $200,000. If legalization moves forward, he could see his income shrink even more. more
Our family fell in love with Rhode Island in 2004 when we moved from Virginia to take a job at the Naval War College in Newport. It was nice to be back in New England – my wife and I were both born and raised in Massachusetts. more
When the West Broadway Neighborhood Association held its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Cranston Street Armory last fall, it was the first time many of the 1,100 attendees had ever stepped inside the yellow-brick battlements of a building known as the “people’s castle.” more
Whether it’s STEM, as in Massachusetts, or STEAM, popularized in Rhode Island, the goal of both educational acronyms and states is the same: build a more capable workforce. more
Brown University has awarded the Newport Historical Society a $10,000 grant to support work to document and interpret the university’s founding. more
American children are having fewer accidents than they once did, and our natural inclination is to cheer the news. The rate of “nonfatal fall injuries” among children ages 5 to 14, for example, declined by more than 10 percent from 2001 to 2012. But if fewer childhood falls reflect increasing attempts to safety-proof life, the trend might not be the improvement it seems. Various indicators suggesting reduced dynamism in the U.S. economy can be viewed similarly; our inclination is to celebrate a reduction in job-destruction rates, but should we? more
What started as a strategy to help save the vacant Industrial Trust Building in Providence is now part of the statewide debate over how to redevelop the city’s former Interstate 195 land. more
Rhode Island’s relentless, bone-chilling winter left its mark with freezing pipes and other troubles for property owners across the state, say insurers. For many, the combination of an extremely cold winter and still-sluggish economy was particularly challenging. more
Despite last-minute relief from a March 31 deadline for Americans signing up for health insurance through the federal health benefits exchange, Rhode Islanders hoping to obtain health insurance through the Ocean State’s exchange have to complete their application and pick a plan by 11:59 p.m. on March 31. more
Jason Cardoza, owner of Truckers America LLC in North Kingstown, wasn’t scared off by the horror stories about health-exchange websites across the country or the potential risk of trusting his employees’ insurance to an untested government information technology system. more
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