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The proposed acquisition of Care New England by Boston's Brigham Health will enhance Rhode Islanders' quality of care and provide easier, affordable access to health care in Rhode Island, and will have a significant influence on our state's economy. We more
By COURTNEY HAWKINS Governor Gina Raimondo has made a commitment to providing universal pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) to all Rhode Island 4-year-olds by 2024. This pledge, along with other critical investments proposed in the governor's budget to support more
By JOHN McGOUGH Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant up tick in the number of measles cases. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly. But measles is also more
By BOB HOUGHTALING Who would have thought 30 years ago that one day children would need to be taught how to play? Who would have thought that strategies were necessary to help kids talk with each other, remain focused and relax? We are presently in the more
By FRANK A. CICCONE Our society has changed, and the demographics of our population, especially in our schools, are no longer adequately served by the old model of language instruction and education. Our global economy and society requires multi-lingual more
By REP. K. JOSEPH SHEKARCHI Tax filing season has come to a close, and most Rhode Islanders have now seen the effects of the sweeping changes made to federal tax laws on their 2018 returns. Unfortunately, many small business owners are among those who more
By KEN MANCUSO Let's change the name of our state to Las Vegas Rhode Island. We have two casinos, and now sports betting at the casinos as well as online. This will increase gambling addiction and family problems, in my opinion. Young adults from 18 to more
Evergreen contracts. Binding arbitration. Expanded overtime for firefighters. We're only three months into the General Assembly's legislative session, and we're already seeing the return of these perennial special interest bills for public sector more
By NELLIE GORBEA As Rhode Island's Secretary of State, I am constantly working to improve access to the ballot box and protect the integrity of every vote. These are not just core goals of my office - they are fundamental to our democracy and critically more
By GREG JACOBI Student loan debt can feel like a dark cloud hanging over your plans. So let's let some daylight in. Today, you have options - and reasons for optimism. Remember, you're far from alone: 45 million Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student more
By DAVID TALAN and WILLIAM RICCI The Providence Republican Party has come out against Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposal to monetize the Providence water system. The mayor's plan is designed to protect the city's pension and health plan for retirees, which is more
By SENATOR JAMES C. SHEEHAN There are few professionals whose dedication and knowledge can match that of our physicians. Doctors should be respected and supported for that professionalism, especially since we literally put our lives in their hands. In more
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