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Economics behind boom in fireworks

The number of fireworks being lit off at night is out of control this year. While people often light off fireworks close to the Fourth...
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...
Mark Tracy

Providence pension crisis won’t vanish on its own

As the long-term economic effects of the pandemic are felt, the Providence pension fund crisis is entering its final act. Providence owes its pensioners...

Racism hinders COVID-19 care for some

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., the virus hit African Americans disproportionately hard. African Americans are still contracting the illness – and...

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...

Ruling on LGBTQ rights contains a caveat

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling extending workplace discrimination protection to cover sexual orientation and gender identity was cheered by LGBTQ people and allies....
Donald Nokes

Don’t jump to conclusions on telemedicine

As one of many business owners who pay more for health insurance than for any other expense besides payroll, I know firsthand that we...
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...

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