Editorials

Data alone no help to patients

Health care providers and insurers have access to more information on costs, pricing and quality of services than they sometimes know how to share...
LACKING LEVERAGE: Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo wants state lawmakers to give Rhode Island’s Department of Public Utilities and Carriers the same authority to fine utilities that Massachusetts and other states have. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

State must have same leverage as Mass. to hold utility accountable

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has had National Grid Rhode Island in her sights since an ­October 2017 storm that left tens of thousands of...
GOOD FIT: The Aquidneck Club in Portsmouth offers a host of amenities, including an equestrian center. General Manager Ron Woods says such nongolf attractions must be well-planned to succeed. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Golf clubs’ course correction toward families a lesson learned

Rhode Island’s many mesmerizing water vistas make it a natural haven for golf clubs, which have long catered to recreational and business interests. In...

Appreciate preservation successes

Stories detailing public anger over historical properties lost to insensitive development are unfortunately all too common. But it’s important to also recognize the many successful...

State needs new direction on housing

The Great Recession is often pointed to as when construction of new single-family homes precipitously dropped, and from which the state has yet to...
NOT WORKING: Democratic Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Oct. 22 lawsuit over marijuana regulatory power was the latest example of her fractured relationship with legislative leaders from her own political party. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Raimondo, GA leaders must stop sniping, find common ground

The fractured working relationship between Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and legislative leaders from her own party in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly is again on...

F.R. paying for feckless leadership

Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II’s decision to take a leave of absence and suspend his reelection efforts is good for that city’s...
TAKING OVER: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green wants to boost partnerships with local businesses to help improve Providence’s beleaguered public schools. Seated next to her is Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Take the opportunity with city schools to boost future workforce

Providence public schools will undoubtedly function better and produce better-educated students five years from now, the soonest a planned state takeover will end. But...
BAD ROADS: Local communities are responsible for keeping track of their own road-repair projects. An effort in the late 1980s to ensure consistent pavement quality for local roads failed once state funding ran out. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bad roads should not be permanent part of Rhode Island experience

It’s not hard to find bad roads in Rhode Island, or any other state where winter settles. No local community is immune, though like...

Marijuana businesses need banks

BayCoast Bank is setting a much-needed standard locally with its public acceptance of deposits from businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry. The Swansea-based bank has...
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