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Jobs and education are inextricably linked

Three stories were recently in the news which at first blush seem unrelated but which are inextricably linked. The first story reported that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has put education at the top of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session.  Right next to this report was the news about the  decline in science

T’is the season for civility

Among all the salutations  of the season for joy, peace, and hope, I wonder whether we need to add civility to our holiday’s wishes. Recent events make me think the answer is yes. Here’s why. Discussions of shootings of unarmed black men. Certainly, a national conversation is long overdue on the issue of race and

Violet: Is this economic development?

A Texas developer wants to build student housing on the vacant 1-195 land and state and most Providence officials are ecstatic. So enthused are they that they are urging a tax stabilization agreement for this seventh wonder of so-called economic development. It isn’t. Construction jobs are not counted as economic development in the true meaning

Is this economic development?

A Texas developer wants to build student housing on the vacant 1-195 land and state and most Providence officials are ecstatic. So enthused are they that they are urging a tax stabilization agreement for this seventh wonder of so-called economic development. It isn’t. Construction jobs are not counted as economic development in the true meaning

Violet: Has anything really changed?

Former Common Cause executive director, Phil West, is making the rounds at local bookstores to promote his book, “Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island 1986-2006″. Recently, he was at Barrington Books. Much of the presentation that evening focused on the “secrets” behind the scenes where legislative loyalty to conflicted General Assembly leaders led to catastrophic

Can we get real?

Last week the Providence Journal reported that the state of Rhode Island has an estimated $21.7 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1, with the next projected shortfall for July 2015 projected to be even higher. Two articles appeared in the illustrious newspaper within 24 hours of this story, which caused

Will new leaders serve the common good?

By the time you read this most of you will know who your newly elected representatives are. With each election cycle citizens are reminded of their own civic responsibility which is discharged by the simple act of voting, while the successful candidates will have to put their money where their mouths are. Query whether Rhode

Vote yes to a Constitutional Convention

“Creating jobs” seems to be the catch-all phrase during this election as candidates vie for statewide and local office. Imagine for a moment, though, that you are an outsider potentially looking for a place to plant your firm or manufacturing facility. When you look at Rhode Island, what would be the first thing that you

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