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Paul Alexander July 25, 2014 at 01:50 pm
The ACA is unsustainable so it will die. The only question is how long and how much pain will beRead More inflicted before that death. The Euro is a great case study on the lengths politicans will go to prop up an unsustainable political experiment. The EU is inflicting great pain and damage to protect their collective egos, and job security, that is tied to the Euro. And the Dems will behave similarly re O'GolferCare.
Education is a Luxury July 25, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Employer costs have been increasing every year anyway. It's called escalation, and anyone whoRead More sources insurance for their own company is aware of it. I think most people conflate "what was happening anyway" with "effects of Obamacare," but there is enough information on the internet about trends prior to 2009 to detail the original insurance problem. .....Personally, Obamacare is helping my business by opening up the insurance marketplace. In FY2008, I insured 3 employees (1 family, 2 single) through BCBS for about $3700/month. Escalation was quoted at 19% for FY2009 - an increase of $700/month. We hired an HR firm (or PEO) to access a group rates and paid 5-7% escalation 2009-2014. In preparation for FY2015, new insurance options have enabled us to drop the PEO altogether and choose a small-biz plan for a smaller monthly premium than our 2010 group rates. This is a tremendous benefit because it opens up options with fringe and retirement contributions to my employees. Deductibles and network coverage are too similar to impact any participants. Outside of my own experience, most people that I know who deal with insurance budgeting for their companies or families have reversed their opinion on Obamacare - once they had to put their money where their mouth is.
joseph July 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
I got the shaft with 8000 a year deductible and from zero monthly premium to 200 and I lost dentalRead More and eyeglass coverage and the illegals continue to get free healthcare and walmart gift cards and free phones that they pass on to their friends soon you can pay at the museum to see a white person
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NK Edge July 25, 2014 at 08:42 am
Shame on you Jim Wilson!!! Your family has ripped off the Wickford with your "High End"Read More clothing and now you have the nerve to ask for hand outs?!! Pitiful !!!! The sooner that Dinosaur goes under the better Wickford will be.
Ed Renehan July 25, 2014 at 09:27 am
The Wilsons are excellent people - a fine family who have contributed greatly and GENEROUSLY to theRead More Wickford community over the course of seven decades. I wish them success. I also wish those who attack them would have the balls to attach their names to their comments.
Politics Sheriff of NK July 25, 2014 at 11:42 am
WHAT is NK Edge talking about? "Ripped off?". Nuts. The Wilsons sell better clothing (notRead More "high end" but better than average) for a fair price. It's a small retailer so you pay a bit more for service and the location. Take it or leave it, that's the basic deal there and always has been.
Raymond Joseph Dubord, a registered sex offender, allegedly touched a girl in the pool at Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness Center in East Providence and was arrested Wednesday. Photo credit: East Providence Police.
Einstein July 24, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Newport is the 'Greatest Little City'? How much did Teresa Paiva-Weed pay to get that recognition.Read More Ha, she doesn't even know where Newport is except during Election Season.
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Kendall Pelletier July 23, 2014 at 01:57 pm
observer July 23, 2014 at 05:27 pm
I can't believe it! The revitalization isn't looking good with all the bad publicity. First theRead More jewelry heist, now lobsters what next quahogs?
Kendall Pelletier July 24, 2014 at 08:41 am
or street signs lol
Rhode Island children are struggling because many live in families without a parent who has a full-time job. File photo.
Jeff Crawford July 23, 2014 at 07:05 am
What do you expect from a State Legislature that is more concerned about making Calamari the StateRead More Appetizer than insuring our kids are getting a proper education.
Ralph July 23, 2014 at 01:32 pm
I'm dating myself but we studied the 3R's when I was a kid reading, writing and rithmatic, and weRead More put up with Dick and Jane. My generation did very well! perhaps we should look at the way our kids are being taught and point the finger where it belongs NTA!
Mentoring Ocean-State July 24, 2014 at 04:42 pm
There is a solution to the state of education in Rhode Island. It is quite apparent that we are notRead More meeting standards and that our children are in need of more support when it comes to their educational success. So where is this support going to come from? As you have quoted in your article, Rhode Island Ranked in Bottom Half of Country in 'Kids Count' Report, "The fact that more Rhode Island children are living in families without a full-time employed parent shows that the negative economic impacts of the recession continue to be felt among Rhode Island families." This idea of economic distress has plagued us for some time now, even with the slight decrease in unemployment rates, we are still not setting up our children and our future for success. I want to call to attention the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Our continued mentoring efforts pair successful, dedicated mentors with boys and girls throughout Rhode Island between the ages of 7-15. This year alone, 100% of the boys and girls in our mentoring program that have successfully completed the program and are now high school seniors, graduated, most of whom graduated top of their field and class. Not only does having a mentor increase a child’s success but it minimizes the stress that comes along with having parents who are not gainfully employed. It gives the child an opportunity to get out of that everyday environment and allows them to live and experience something they normally wouldn’t have. They are given an opportunity to grow a new professional network and gain new and useful life skills they may not have had without their mentor. The organization proves that taking the 6-8 hours a month to enrich the life of a young person really works and is incredibly effective. Looking to the future of the organization, we are seeing more and more educational success each year. Next year the numbers of boys and girls who will be graduating seniors will grow considerably and they will all be set for success because of their mentor. In reality, this is the answer to our educational prayers. It is a proven method to ensure the success of our future. This is the time, now more than ever, for the men and women of Rhode Island to step up and become the change that these children and our state desperately needs. Sincerely, George Evans Marley Community Outreach Specialist Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
Leave RI July 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Be wary. Some of these places give to inmates. The reason I took myself off the donors list.
SPH July 24, 2014 at 08:54 pm
lol...I was wondering same thing, Keith Lucy; why would anyone care who gets their blood, as long asRead More they NEED it. Here's one for you on-the-fencers; a veteran nurse once told me that one pint of blood can service up to FIVE (5) premature babies. That should be enough fodder to push you into a Red Cross blood drive.
David July 24, 2014 at 09:05 pm
The point...Keith and sph...is that this patch crap posts the same stuff regional. RI gets its bloodRead More from the RI Blood Center and when Red Cross swoops in the blood goes anywhere. RI ends up with shortages and the needs here get tight. I don't care who gets the blood and encourage any able bodied person to donate. That was an FYI for anyone from RI reading this post that may think that they are helping in RI when they are not. And yes...when Mass calls for blood from the RI Blood Center and they are able to they send it. Same goes for when people donate after a tragedy thinking they are directly helping. They are not. A lot of the blood ends up going bad because they get too much. If called they will always ask you to donate year round and avoid the urge to 'help' during a tragedy. Just call and ask and they will tell you that...ANY blood center.
Robin July 22, 2014 at 04:59 pm
YES it's Stop and Shop too
carpe diem July 22, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Yikes! Thanks, I actually got an automated call about it and dumped the potentially contaminatedRead More peaches I bought straight away ...
Taylor Baltzer July 22, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Not Dave's though?
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Politics Sheriff of NK July 24, 2014 at 02:22 pm
OK from other media accounts, I learned that Alex and Ani did buy the building, which saved theRead More Wilsons from what looked like shoddy treatment by Washington Trust Bank. Reported here, WashTrust was trying to foreclose with the Wilsons still holding major equity in that property and working out / catching up on the payments, and had been current for 14 months. It looked really bad from what I recall, the way WashTrust acted. Anyway, that transaction with Alex and Ani should have put some cash into the Wilsons pocket, a significant amount, because the building was appraised at 2 million and the mortgage was 700k. If that all holds, then this crowdfunding effort, even if it reaches the 148k, may not overcome the underlying weakness in that stores market and profitability position. That solution was needed years ago. I wholeheartedly support them staying in business, but the structural basics may not support that for very much longer. Also, there is no shame in this crisis, as it is reported that up to 40% of brick and mortar retail is under threat from online shopping trends.
Politics Sheriff of NK July 24, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Here is that article:Read More http://northkingstown.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/bankrupcty-to-save-wilson-s-from-foreclosure
Politics Sheriff of NK July 24, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Here is that 2011 article:Read More http://northkingstown.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/bankrupcty-to-save-wilson-s-from-foreclosure
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Bob semple July 21, 2014 at 02:47 pm
With all due respect to everyone..government should not Do anything..other than dropping some ofRead More there crazy regulation.wickford is doing quite well right now. We have been in business there for 31 years, and are doing quite well. There are also other stores doing just fine. When the sewers go in it will even get better. Stores that have what people want, treat the customer fairly and have a good business plan, will thrive.
Scott Madison July 22, 2014 at 11:04 am
The spoils of an open market. Succeed or fail depending on your reaction to changing marketRead More conditions. I can appreciate their desperate attempt requesting the charity to keep the doors open, and I hope they do. Unfortunately, like Kodak who ignored the switch from film to digital, failure to respond to changing market conditions will be a companies demise...no matter how many lifelines they receive.
observer July 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm
We have a free enterprise system and direct intervention or manipulation by government is way out ofRead More bounds. I was at the dentist's office and the Wilsons/Wickford topic came up in the conversation. One of the people who works at the office, not in NK, stated that they would never shop in Wickford. I asked why, the answer was because of the uppity attitude of many of the shops. This was not the first time that I have heard this expressed. I personally have experienced the same attitudes and have ceased shopping there for quite some time. I am an NK resident. @E. Waxman--you have a vested interest. You also have a big liberal attitude toward government "help" a time tested recipe for disaster. What happened to the work hard, self sufficient attitude that made this country great. This is still a free enterprise system in spite of all the liberal government attempts to control everything. Our town wide issues need to be addressed not personal preferences!
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Fred Savage July 23, 2014 at 10:42 am
Here's an idea...don't click on links you don't want to read.
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Grama July 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
what is all this crap?
Deb Bicher July 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Please delete those posts off the site -- If the poster has something to say, then they need to haveRead More an explanatory sentence recommending the links. Even then, they are still not relevant to any ongoing discussion. Thanks.
Estelam Meyer July 24, 2014 at 11:23 am
21 Hammersmith Rd., Newport. Credit: Zillow
Vero July 20, 2014 at 09:55 am
What a beautiful property -
ray July 21, 2014 at 08:04 am
do what we should do to all those monuments to the rich, drive a bulldozer through them all...andRead More make a park for the working people!!
Brew July 21, 2014 at 09:40 am
Turn it into a mall.
paschal July 22, 2014 at 12:22 am
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