Giannini: What’s in? What’s out this week?


What’s in

PawSox Bill signed by Governor

On the Friday before the 4th of July, the Governor signed the PawSox bill into law. What remains to be seen is whether the PawSox will abide by the new legislation or defect to Worcester.

Will a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium turn into a White Elephant like McCoy?

When will we know? I, for one, think we should have know this before passage of this bill. For the record, I always felt the new stadium would have been better in Providence where it would have been in a centralized location, with plenty of restaurants and venues nearby. There was also easy access to Rte. 95.

This  wait and see approach is growing old and certainly is a campaign issue in this year’s upcoming election.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has signed a city budget with no tax increase…

While we are glad to see no tax increases in the new city budget, we also hold our breath for the upcoming year. What will happen to the Providence Water Supply Board? Will it be sold to another entity? The Water Supply Board has always been one of Providence biggest assets. It would be a serious mistake to sell.

Another concern is the pension liability in Providence which has been a problem for years. Although Mayor Elorza is not responsible for the pension deficit, he is the Mayor and the buck stops at his door. Let’s not forget: the people who will be seriously hurt if this pension system fails. The year ahead will determine the status of our beloved Providence and the elections in the fall will reflect the will of the people.

What’s Out

Pawtucket Memorial Hospital

The status of the ongoing saga of the closure of Pawtucket met Memorial Hospital remains unclear.

I wish as much help and attention was paid to the closing of this hospital as other issues. The closing of the Pawtucket hospital has left a serious health hazard to the Blackstone Valley area and caused a backlash of emergency room crowding in a health system that was already overloaded.

Who will be the leader to step up and save Pawtucket Memorial Hospital? Who has the will to do what’s right? The health and safety of our residents should be put first! Please write and call your elected officials to help the residents who need this health facility. It’s time to stand up for something important that affects the lives of thousands of Rhode Islanders!

The tragedy of the soccer team in Thailand

While we are all thankful for the finding of the lost soccer team in a cave in Thailand, we are equally upset that there seems to be no easy answer for their rescue. They are suffering from malnutrition and exhaustion and their rescue has dangerous conditions. One has to wonder how this happened and what they were doing there. Our hearts and prayers go out to the whole team, coach and families. In this day and age, one would expect a rapid and clear rescue for these boys. But daily all we can do is pray and hope for their safe rescue.

In a personal note, I’d like to thank all my family, friends and colleagues at RI relevant for being so supportive of  me these last five months. The passing of my sister Jeanne in February and last week’s passing of my sister Susan has broken my heart. But the love and support from  our many friends and readers to our family has been overwhelming. My wish for all of you is that you know the true love of having a sister and spend as much time with her as possible.  I did, and I am so very grateful for having Jeanne and Susan in my life.❤

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at