Editorial and Op-Ed

BUY LOCAL: Annie Philbrick, standing, owner of Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, visits with customers in 2017. The shop is one of many Rhode Island businesses hoping shoppers buy local this holiday season. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

When local retailers do well, so does rest of the state

The National Retail Federation is projecting another strong holiday shopping season, with retail sales up between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018. Many local communities...

Why not try honorary ambassadors?

The late Robert J. Healey Jr. endeared himself to many Rhode Islanders during three unsuccessful runs for lieutenant governor, primarily on a platform of...

Let businesses see how their money helps schools

A recent PBN.com poll asked whether business leaders should heed R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green’s call to do more to help Providence’s struggling public...
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, at a stop at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. He says feedback from riders on the state’s plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence has been mixed. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t try to satisfy everyone with downtown transit plan

In trying to serve all interests with its plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence, the R.I. Department of Transportation is in...

Social Security isn’t doomed for younger generations

I have good news for younger generations worried that they won’t be able to claim their Social Security benefits because we older generations have...

Inequality isn’t always a bad thing

In recent decades, economic inequality in the U.S. and other developed nations has hit levels not seen since the 1920s. Such inequality exacerbates social...

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...

Uncle Sam can’t whip us into shape

I trust government to soften the harshness of capitalism via subsidies , to provide health insurance , to build roads and bridges, to maintain...

World economy’s biggest threat: trade tensions

At last month’s meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, I repeatedly heard the same dismal view: The global economy is in...
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