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By JANE KENNEY AUSTIN On Tuesday, April 7, changes needed to extend much needed, and in some cases desperately needed, sewer lines were held hostage to satisfy the demands of a small group of … more
It is with no small amount of pride that I took part in the vote that brought Rhode Island the most business-friendly budget it’s seen in decades. For years, we’ve all rightly heard – and … more
Across the state, Rhode Islanders are talking about a number of important initiatives that could add jobs and grow our local economy. How can we leverage our existing assets to make Rhode Island a … more
There’s a big difference between a Chihuahua and a husky. For the former, 30 degrees Fahrenheit would be excruciating. For the latter, it would seem like a warm spring day. That’s why the … more
The issue of legalizing marijuana will soon be heard, once again, at the RI State House. This controversial concern has initiated a number of conversations involving leaders in the medical, legal, … more
I would like to respond to Richard Walsh’s letter appearing in the Beacon of March 19 concerning Iran. Iran is a country of 80 million mostly good people. The USA is a country of 320 million … more
EPA and the Army finalized a rule recently under the Clean Water Act to continue to protect the streams and wetlands we rely on for our health, our economy, and our way of life. One in three … more
It never fails to strike me when I hear from a business owner about the trouble he or she is having finding qualified employees to fill job openings. The skills gap is not a problem Rhode Island is … more
There are times when one just doesn’t know what to do after hearing about or experiencing a tragedy. I wrote this a few days after a 21-year-old man killed nine people while they were attending a … more
H. Philip West Jr., former director of Common Cause, delivered the following eulogy for Senator J. Michael Lenihan on March 5 at St. Francis de Sales Church, North Kingstown. Senator Lenihan … more
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