Friday, January 28, 2022



FITTING IN: Liza Burkin, organizer for the Providence Streets Coalition, uses new bike lanes on the Clifford Street bridge in Providence. The new lanes are part of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s hotly debated Great Streets Initiative to connect the city’s neighborhoods through bike lanes.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

City’s disjointed bike lanes need more study, community buy-in

If you build it, will they come? While the answer was yes in the charming case of the Iowa ballfield made famous in the 1989...

State must reinvest in innovation

Innovations can come from anyone with a good idea, drive and some luck, but it sure is nice to have some help. Rhode Island last...
FLUSH WITH CASH: State lawmakers have access to more money than they have things to spend it on at the start of 2022, including about $1 billion in new federal pandemic aid. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Look past election year for big ideas on pandemic aid

While the health and financial threats posed by an ongoing pandemic remain ever-present in the Ocean State, the General Assembly begins 2022 in the...

R.I. a ‘fraud hot spot’

If it seems everyone in Rhode Island knows someone victimized by fraudulent unemployment claims during the pandemic, it’s because that’s not far from the...

Public needs say on new city bus hub

The R.I. Department of Transportation made the right decision in pulling back from its preferred option for a new downtown Providence bus hub, to...
BROKEN LINKS: Cleverhood LLC owner Susan Mocarski can’t meet the growing demand for rain capes her company designs because of the months it now takes for some overseas orders 

Pervasive supply chain woes could boost local manufacturing

Companies doing business overseas have long understood the importance of a dependable supply chain. But for everyone else, this holiday shopping season has provided...

Vaccine app step up from paper cards

Rhode Island is on the right track with its plans for a voluntary proof-of-vaccination cellphone app, despite some officials’ hypersensitivity to it being even...
TIME TO HEDGE? Rhode Island is the national leader in per capita revenue collected from gambling. Most state leaders, however, say they are unconcerned about the state’s dependence on the industry and the one company, Bally’s Corp., that has a local monopoly on it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. leaders need to see the risk in dependence on gambling...

Nevada may be the nation’s gambling mecca, but it still trails runaway national leader Rhode Island in per capita revenue collected from gambling. Yet, as...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...

Don’t allow state workers a money grab

On the surface, a tentative contract agreement allowing unionized state workers up to $3,000 if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 appears to be a...

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