Ocean State http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-perk-ri-its-summah-fer-gawd-sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes RI Big Brothers Big Sisters Steps In To Help Connecticut Kids http://ripr.org/post/ri-big-brothers-big-sisters-steps-help-connecticut-kids <p>The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.</p><p>The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1<sup>st</sup>. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:02:17 +0000 Catherine Welch 23768 at http://ripr.org It's a Sweet America’s Cup Victory for Sail Newport http://ripr.org/post/its-sweet-america-s-cup-victory-sail-newport <p>Thursday is an especially sweet day for Sail Newport. It&rsquo;s not only celebrating the Oracle Team USA win over New Zealand for the America&rsquo;s Cup, but today is also Sail Newport&rsquo;s 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p>The public sailing center was formed almost immediately after America lost the cup to Australia in the waters off Newport. Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read couldn&rsquo;t be more thrilled with the timing of the America&rsquo;s Cup win.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 22278 at http://ripr.org It's a Sweet America’s Cup Victory for Sail Newport The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy http://ripr.org/post/harsh-realities-rhode-islands-economy <p>Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:43:12 +0000 Scott MacKay 22081 at http://ripr.org The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy