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Marijuana debate needs full airing

Last December, Statehouse Democratic leaders came out against an anticipated proposal from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. They’d...
CHALLENGED: 
Nursing homes across the state are losing money amid the pandemic, as they fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pictured, from left, are Bethany Home of Rhode Island employees David Briggs, director of therapy; Linda Wilson, office manager; and Elizabeth Sarro, administrator.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. nursing homes need help in daily fight for survival

COVID-19’s economic effects will last well beyond the widespread availability of vaccines for many Rhode Island businesses, with nursing homes at the top of...

Why are for-profit colleges thriving right now?

When COVID-19 hit the U.S., many experts warned that America’s colleges and universities could be devastated. Some of them predicted enrollment declines of up...

‘Public health councils’ empower workers

In this bleak season of COVID-19, the protections we have are all the familiar ones: masks, social distancing and the avoidance of large indoor...

State must reimburse colleges now

There was plenty of understandable handwringing across the state when local colleges began developing plans to welcome students back to campus in late summer. How...
LOOKING AHEAD: Hammetts Hotel opened in Newport in June. Owners don’t expect to lay anyone off this winter. From left: General Manager Randi Milewski; Colin Kane and Sam Bradner, two owners; and Sarah Eustis, CEO of the Main Street Hospitality Group, which is managing the hotel. / PBN ARCHIVE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Winter looks bleak for hotels, but many are taking long view

Winter is coming, and while White Walkers from the long-running HBO television series “Game of Thrones” are not on the local horizon, it is...

EPA is about to take a 180-degree turn

The Trump administration has waged what many legal experts view as an all-out assault on the nation’s environmental laws for the past four years....

Social media has left us more isolated, tribal

About a year ago I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more...

EB crucial to healthy economy

When a major employer announces an in-person press event in the middle of a raging pandemic, you want to be there. Thankfully, the news...
OUTLIER: Engineering is traditionally male-dominated, but not at Warwick’s Steere Engineering Inc. Owner Patricia Steele says about half of her 25 employees are women.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State needs women back in workforce to fuel recovery

It’s no secret that COVID-19’s health and economic effects have been disturbingly disproportionate, devastating some minority groups and industries much worse than others. It is...

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