Friday, October 22, 2021

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Editorials

Cyberattacks too costly to ignore

During any economic crisis a company’s first priority is survival. So, it may be understandable that some businesses started worrying a little less about...
STILL STANDING: Downtowns across the state are hoping to fuel a post-pandemic rebound. Above, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Garrett Mancieri, director of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, in Monument Square. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Resilient downtowns eye paths to post-pandemic recovery

Downtowns across the state and nation have been in an almost constant state of reinvention for decades. While not always the recognized center of commerce...
EXPANSION PLANS: Gerald Carlson, left, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, recently spent $500,000 to expand operations and is considering buying more equipment. He’s pictured with manufacturing manager Karr Thang.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN survey: Businesses have adapted, looking beyond pandemic

When the pandemic will end is anyone’s guess, but most Rhode Island business owners believe the worst is behind them, according to results from...

Don’t crowd out pedestrians on sidewalks

Outdoor seating helped save countless restaurants across the state over the past year, including many that didn’t have the space on their properties to...
ODD DECISION: Director Kyra Sedgwick’s film “Space Oddity,” which has been shooting in North Kingstown, has applied for $1.5 million in state tax credits. The state film office recently began asking companies seeking such tax credits not to identify themselves on applications, which are public documents. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE

More transparency, accountability needed in state film program

Producers of a feature film being shot in Rhode Island are seeking just over $22 million in state tax credits. But everyone outside of a...

Unlimited PTO good for some, not all

Who wouldn’t love unlimited, paid vacation? Well, certainly some employers would balk at the potential cost or lost production. But as this week’s cover story reports,...
LOSING BENEFITS:
An estimated 45,000 Rhode Islanders are losing federal unemployment benefits ending this month.  / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

End of federal payments leaves thousands in need of jobs

The state in May resisted calls from some business groups to end supplemental federal unemployment benefits months early to help fill thousands of job...

Keep up crackdown on ATVs

Stepped-up efforts by Providence police to curtail the presence of illegal all-terrain vehicles have paid off with the seizure of about 30 over a...
FINAL PUSH: The state recently gave nonprofits the final $380,000 in grants available from The RI Gives Vax Challenge to help boost COVID-19 vaccinations. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Get armed in COVID fight

(Editor’s note: A version of this editorial was published on PBN.com on Aug. 18.) For more than a year, a fit, college-educated, 51-year-old relative successfully...
FUTURE WORKFORCE? Rhode Island high school students participating in a career pathway program for offshore wind jobs ride in a boat circling a Block Island Wind Farm turbine. / COURTESY DOUG LEARNED/LUCKY DAWG PHOTOGRAPHY

If wind-energy jobs do come, state must be ready to fill...

After years of permitting delays and false starts, there’s again reason for optimism over the job prospects for wind energy in the Ocean State. A...

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