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Opponents of the creation of a price floor for public motor vehicle service have charged that the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (Division) is limiting transportation options for … more
Recently, public discussion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been clouded by a storm of right-wing ideological predictions of risk and peril. Often these concerns are non-specific anxieties about … more
Rhode Island’s economy has been a bloodied battleground these last few years. In that time, the General Assembly has been working to attack every facet of our economic troubles in various ways. I … more
Some people save the most important gift for last. That, at least, was my conclusion on entering PetSmart Christmas Eve day. Other stores I visited that morning were virtually empty. Finding a … more
Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics brought bad news to over 57,000 jobless Rhode Islanders. According to the federal agency, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate of 9.2 percent is the … more
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” - Confucius After the government shutdown, … more
For some time now there has been great criticism of laws passed in some states (Rhode Island among them) requiring voters to produce photo IDs at the time of voting; criticism too of laws aimed at … more
Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, … more
IS OUR SALES TAX TOO NARROW? The Providence Journal’s PolitiFact column published some astonishing figures. In 2011, the most recent year with total statistics available, Rhode Islanders’ total … more
On Nov. 11, there were a lot fewer World War II veterans attending the ceremonies honoring them. With a median age of 92, many of these members of “The Greatest Generation” are becoming frail, … more
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