Editorials

Homebuyers need more than money

Unlike during the Great Recession, home prices have been rising in the Ocean State during a pandemic that has led 292,000 people to file...
HELP WANTED: Andrew and Anna Mangeni, co-owners of Nissi Naturals LLC, say they’ve had nothing but bad experiences trying to get bank loans. Anna, who is Black, believes her race played a role. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State, private sector can do more for minority entrepreneurs

The July 2 headline on PBN.com was disturbingly familiar: “R.I. Black Business Association: R.I. failing to comply with minority-contracting policy.” The state has a long...

Indoor crowds put us all at risk

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s July 8 announcement of stepped up transparency and enforcement of state-mandated health guidelines for businesses comes at a critical time...
GETTING TOUGHER: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said the state will start holding businesses not following reopening guidelines for the economy more accountable. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State needs better transparency, enforcement of reopening regs

For all the good work Rhode Island officials have done shepherding the state through a phased reopening of its economy, there’s been a surprising...

City’s fiscal woes just got much worse

Providence’s fiscal woes got much worse on June 30, when the state’s Supreme Court sided with former city employees in a long-running dispute over...

Pandemic clouds future of Fane tower

The COVID-19 pandemic has clouded plans for many large-scale development projects, including the proposed 600-foot Hope Point Tower in Providence. The Fane Organization, in documents...
TIME TO LET GO: Visitors to the Statehouse can see the seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence ­Plantations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

No place for ‘Plantations’ in forward-thinking R.I.

If perception is reality, then it’s time Rhode Island voters make a statement about our forward-thinking state and drop “Plantations” from the official state...
TESTED: WaterRower Inc. CEO and President Peter King, right, speaks with assembly worker Lenny Laur. The Warren manufacturer has managed two COVID-19 outbreaks among employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

COVID-19 testing success outside workplace means little within it

Rhode Island’s consistent ranking among the highest rates of COVID-19 testing per capita in the country may prove to be a key factor in...

Hotel debate welcome sign in capital

The Providence City Plan Commission’s June 16 approval of a five-story hotel on College Hill was a welcome sign of normal, albeit hotly debated,...
VOICE IN ­WILDERNESS? 
Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been unable to get Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and other state leaders to commit some of the $1.25 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to small businesses. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

To survive past reopening, small businesses will need more help

Small businesses were noticeably absent from a long list of priorities for $1.25 billion in federal aid for COVID-19 expenses outlined on June 9...

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