Editorial and Op-Ed

Where tall grass is greener – for municipal coffers

“Cut that grass or lose your house!”Most Americans aren’t faced with that stark, binary choice. But then again, most Americans do not live in...

A wise pause on marijuana legalization

The state-by-state march toward marijuana legalization has run into a wall in two left-leaning states. Faced with objections from parents, teachers, police and others...
BUILDING A NEW FUTURE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Rhode Island Promise program has increased enrollment and graduation rates at the Community College of Rhode Island in its two years. 
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DAVE HANSEN

RI Promise delivers as CCRI graduation sets a record

Three years ago, when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo started her push for the Rhode Island Promise program, she did not receive universal plaudits.Speaker of...

College debt should be the first thing to learn

Graduation season begins in the coming weeks. Thousands of graduating high school seniors in our state already have been making plans for the next...

Embracing change leads to success

Nearly a century in business, R B Howes & Co. is making some changes.Founded in 1920, the company has been known for years for...

More good jobs will improve R.I.’s personal income

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has been on a mission for more than four years now to grow the number and improve the quality and...

Financing projects for common good

When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo talks about investing $500 million over a number of years in the state’s crumbling school infrastructure, she is rightly...

Students have changed majors

Of the 839,730 recipients of bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. in the 1970-1971 academic year, 176,307 got education degrees. Other big fields of study...

Poverty worse than gentrification

First, the good news. More white Americans want to live in heavily black neighborhoods. A 2016 paper by the National University of Singapore’s Kwan...
A SIMPLER TIME: Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau keeps a Norman Rockwell print of a country doctor in his office in memory of his father, a solo practitioner for years. That reality is far from the current controversy over the proposed Care New England-Partners HealthCare merger.
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DAVE HANSEN

Health care merger is complex, but effects should be made clear

Before they’re allowed to merge, however, we hope that public officials do exactly what they’ve promised: Evaluate this deal thoroughly and make sure Rhode...
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