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The recent census surprised many by showing Rhode Island gained about 45,000 inhabitants and that it would not lose a congressional seat. However, the 2020 census also showed that Rhode Island is still in danger of losing a seat. Rhode Island's second more
Whether the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd represents a paradigm shift will take time to tell. For many, the conviction represents a long overdue step toward greater accountability. "No verdict will ease the pain of the Floyd more
By REP. K. JOSEPH SHEKARCHI For years, housing advocates have been sounding the alarm that Rhode Island is facing a severe housing shortage. We simply don't have enough housing to meet the needs of our growing workforce, and too much of our existing more
Every year, scores of people make impassioned arguments about gun-related bills under consideration at the General Assembly. There are marathon hearings like the one that started in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon and ended around more
By ANASTASIA P. WILLIAMS Imagine being a mother in the inner city who is unable to sleep until she hears the door open, knowing that her adult children of color are safely home for the night. Not out of fear of accidents or unknown assailants, but out of more
By PATRICIA A. SERPA and JULIE A. CASIMIRO Recently, officials from the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals were called to speak in front of the House Oversight Committee. The reason was to answer more
By SETH MAGAZINER A year before Destiny became one of my fourth-grade students, she watched out her front window as the lifeless body of a neighbor was wheeled out of his home following a drive-by shooting. Not long after that Hurricane Katrina hit her more
By STEVEN KING Despite the economic uncertainty posed by the pandemic, Quonset Business Park enjoyed another successful year in 2020. The Quonset Development Corp.'s (QDC) recently released 2020 annual report reveals that in the last year the business more
There's a huge delta between the best-case and worst-case scenarios for Rhode Island's health care landscape. If a big out-of-state firm swallowed a major Rhode Island hospital group, more care would likely migrate elsewhere, with negative implications more
By STEVEN STYCOS At first glance, it sounds great. Mayor Kenneth Hopkins's budget funds city services with no tax increase, even as it increases spending. How is that possible? Unfortunately, Mayor Hopkins' budget, unveiled last week, meets short-term more
By JOSEPH H. CROWLEY Recently, Gov. McGee was quoted in the Providence Journal. Gov. McGee is absolutely right in his quote, "Now is the time to focus on creating more high quality educational opportunities for all students, not fewer." Unfortunately, more
By BRENDA JACOB When you hear about guns it is generally in the news and involves a horrific crime or tragedy. No one is against gun violence more than a gun owner. First is the sadness we feel for the families living through a tragedy, watching the more
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