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Zoning reform alone won’t make housing affordable

During the past few years, it has become clear that housing affordability is a major challenge facing the U.S. Rent is consuming an increasing...

Sports betting is legal. Watch out.

Since ancient Rome, gambling on athletic events has been a fun, popular and hugely ill-advised pastime. Now states across the U.S. are racing to...
THE NUMBER OF people with over $1 million in their 401(k) accounts declined by more than 28 percent in the fourth quarter, according to data from Fidelity Investments. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JB REED

Opinion: 401(k) millionaires club got smaller last year

NEW YORK - Fidelity Investments' quarterly data dump arrived last week, featuring loads of information about its retirement-account holders. It was eye-opening, to say...

Boston rents boost Providence’s appeal

Renowned for its prestigious universities, historical significance and sports fanaticism, Boston seemingly has something to offer everyone – except maybe a place to live....

The exploding debt crisis

The rising tide of red ink is undermining the economic and social fabric of the United States. Unchecked deficit spending will impose outrageous debt...
SEN. DAWN EUER, D-Newport, left, and Rep. Lauren H. Carson, D-Newport, right, are calling for more information on the cause of the gas outage on Aquidneck Island from National Grid and Algonquin Gas Transmission Co.

Opinion: Public deserves answers about cause of gas crisis

The public has a right to know all of the available information when it comes to their safety. The crisis last week with the...

Are N.E. unemployment rates too low?

The end of the Great Recession has been followed by a slow but steady economic expansion that led to a significant drop in unemployment...

U.S. is a meritocracy but it’s still not fair


Much of the current debate about inherited wealth in a number of Western countries is informed by the notion that most of today’s top...

More veterans needed in Congress

Forty years ago, military veterans made up roughly three-quarters of Congress. By 2017, the proportion had dwindled to fewer than one in five. The...

Economy finally coming through for workers

Saying that higher wages were coming wasn’t an especially popular viewpoint as recently as 2016. It was a little less radical to suggest that...
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