All of us have moments when hope seems fleeting, despite our best efforts to keep the flame aglow. Try as we might, sometimes life’s dark clouds seem endless, so much so that it’s hard to have faith that our circumstances will brighten. But hope we must have. The retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” And our need to hold on to hope and faith is the theme of Ivy Marwil’s essay.
Ivy Elinoff Marwil has been a clinical social worker and psychotherapist for more than 35 years. She reports that much of what she now believes about faith and hope she has learned from the people she has helped and, most recently, from her new role as grandmother.
In a packed hearing room, the state’s Public Utilities Commission listened to testimony for much of the day on National Grid’s proposed 24 percent rate hike.
The increase would kick in January 1st, how long it will last is another matter. The PUC heard testimony both for and against stretching a lower rate out over twelve months as opposed to the requested six months.
At a public hearing yesterday at the Dept. of Health, doctors, dentists, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses voiced their opposition to the department's proposed regulations governing the prescribing of opioids. The new rules would require prescribers to sign a fairly lengthy agreement with patients, alerting them to the risks of taking prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, and agreeing to certain kinds of monitoring. Many health care providers feel these agreements aren't necessary and that, in fact, they're patronizing.
Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo announced her plan Tuesday to nominate Stefan Pryor for Rhode Island’s newly created Secretary of Commerce post.
The outgoing Education Commissioner in Connecticut, Pryor chose not to seek a second term, a move observers saw as evidence that he had become a liability for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy faced a closely-watched battle for re-election in November.
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has picked Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, a fellow Yale alum with experience leading economic-development efforts in New York and New Jersey, as her choice to be Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary.
"Stefan Pryor has the depth of experience and the drive to help me lead Rhode Island's comeback," Raimondo said in a statement. "Stefan's economic development successes in Newark and in Lower Manhattan are a testament to his ability to lead the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island."
Residents will get a chance Tuesday to tell the state’s Public Utilities Commission how they feel about a proposed 24 percent rate hike from National Grid. If approved, the rate hike would kick in on January 1st .
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is staging an economic policy summit with 80 so-called “thought leaders” Tuesday. The event is supposed to develop ideas for improving the state’s economy.
Raimondo’s transition office declined to release an advance list of the business people and other leaders invited to the event. They’ll take part in a three-hour discussion at URI’s Providence campus. The governor-elect’s transition initially planned to close most of the meeting to the media. But the full session will now be open to reporters.
It looks like the RhodeMap RI debate is much ado about not so much. Those who oppose this largely benign economic and social blueprint have blown the results so far out of proportion as to be ludicrous.