There are few ecosystems today that are free from fragmentation and disturbance, a result of increased human development. More than 40 percent of Rhode Island’s native ecosystems are mowed or paved. Within many of the remaining intact green spaces, non-native species thrive.
Since Gov. Gina Raimondo got elected, her administration and our “blue state liberals” in Congress have clear-cut their way through Rhode Island.
It took a big hit to a municipal bank account, not another kick to a woman’s head, for society to finally acknowledge a dangerous problem. If Thurman hadn’t filed a lawsuit and no TV movie was ever made, the issue of domestic violence today would likely be even further behind the times.
How would you like to be part of an investment that benefits you, and the economy? You can help to protect Rhode Island’s open spaces and farmland, create world-class parks and bikeways, prevent stormwater pollution of water resources, and clean up polluted properties for safe and prosperous development. Oh, and on top of that, there are partners who will add to the investment and deliver even more bang for the buck.
PROVIDENCE — The solution to this complex societal issue doesn’t lie with increasing police presence, outlawing panhandling and keeping the less fortunate out of Kennedy Plaza. In fact, laws and policies designed to criminalize and demean poverty and homelessness only perpetuate the real problem: a growing chasm between the rich and poor that is slowly ripping society apart.
Last year, T.F. Green Airport set a record for the number of days over the 80 degrees Farheneit heat index mark since data began to be consistently kept in 1948. So far this year, we’ve had 75 days with a heat index more than 80 degrees, a stunning figure for New England.
JOHNSTON, R.I. — They spent the over-the-top groundbreaking fawning all over each other, as if they were announcing that Rhode Island’s public schools would all be adequately funded, childhood hunger had been eliminated and every Rhode Islander had a place to live.
The U.S. government is really nothing more than a taxpayer-funded brothel, except its prostitutes are well protected, its pimps lavishly pampered and neither will be arrested.
PROVIDENCE — Mayor Jorge Elorza bikes to work often, and takes part in frequent night rides with community members. By all accounts, the mayor is supportive of bicycling. However, the city has made next to no progress on bike infrastructure during the two years the mayor has been in office. This needs to change.
When the Providence Police Department, the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project, the Olneyville Housing Corporation and the community joined forces, it was all for the love of a river.
PROVIDENCE — Three governors, three mayors, two attorneys general, two Department of Environmental Management directors and the state’s sworn protector of coastal resources have allowed a scrap-metal business to operate illegally since 2009.
More and more people are seeking “authentic experiences” when they travel, and often that means getting out from behind the wheel and into the saddle. Numbers reported from other states’ tourism bureaus are staggering
Rhode Island seems determined to resurrect 20th-century dinosaurs. But crafty politicians and sly investors have changed the behemoths’ names to soothe public fears. Strip malls are now dynamic regional hubs of activity. A rest area is a travel plaza and welcome center. Natural-gas infrastructure is a bridge fuel. An office park is now called a corporate campus.
Surfers love the ocean. That goes without saying. But in the past, plenty of surfers, surf shops and other industry players didn’t really care about sustainability. They were under the impression that surfing as a sport is sustainable as it is. They’re not wrong. After all, the act of riding a wave doesn’t really hurt the ocean.