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Stay focused on business success

Business owners can be excused for being too busy surviving to spend the time needed to fully understand differences between myriad state and federal...
John Hesselmann

The future of M&A in health care

As we take stock of health care mergers and acquisitions activity in 2020 – marked by both mega consolidations and deal breakups – it...

UMass ‘vaccine corps’ needs to be replicated

The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to...
EYEING SPRING: Warwick’s ­Apponaug Brewing Co. is hoping spring will bring crowds back to a large outdoor patio. Above, foreground, is co-owner Kris Waugh. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses see more reasons for hope than in 2008

When PBN started its biannual business survey during the depths of the Great Recession in 2008, the local economy was experiencing the most sustained...

State can help fill PPP gaps

The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding has not generated the same frenzy and confusion for local banks or borrowers as occurred last...
LINING UP: People ages 65 to 74 could begin to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month, but state health officials say they also want to prioritize people in several hard-hit c­ommunities. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Gray areas in vaccine distribution lead others to fill in blanks

Rhode Island’s plan to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution by age, underlying health conditions and geography makes sense conceptually. For it to be effective, however,...

Next vaccine hurdle: Persuading people to get it

Today, more Americans hope to receive a COVID-19 vaccine than current vaccine supply will allow. Consequently, although President Joe Biden’s initial promise to dole...
A. Kathryn Power

It’s time to take control where we can

We knew from the start that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to do more than make people sick. Just days after our country’s first...
RADIO SILENCE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo speaks in Delaware on Jan. 8 to accept her nomination as United States secretary of commerce. She’s spoken publicly in Rhode Island once since Dec. 22 and has not taken questions from the media since then. / SCREENSHOT OF BIDEN CABINET NOMINATONS ANNOUNCEMENT

Gov. Raimondo falling short of her own leadership standards

Since the earliest days of the pandemic, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has shown consistent leadership in tackling the twin public health and economic crises...

Employers have role in testing

Most local employers have already greatly contributed to controlling the spread of COVID-19 by following – and in many cases exceeding – state workplace...

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