Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

Vote YES on Oregon 66 & 67 To Save Jobs

If you see the television ads or read the statements in the voter’s pamphlet in opposition to Oregon Ballot Measures 66 & 67, you would have the idea that if you vote yes on these measures that employers will have to lay off some number of their employees. This is not the case.  In most […]

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Vote YES on Oregon Ballot Measure 66

For at least the last 18 years, and historically for just about forever, we have heard the mantra for lower taxes.  I am sure that everyone would love to pay as little in taxes as possible.  It is natural:  We really want to pay out as little as possible for anything and everything.  There is […]

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M/V Coho 50th Anniversary

The ferry M/V Coho started working the waters of the Salish Sea in 1959, and since the early 1970’s has been dedicated to the auto ferry run between Port Angeles and Victoria.  Today it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it’s first run.  Arguably, it is the most important part of the tourism industry in […]

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On Health Care Reform

In all of the modern countries of the world, we the inhabitants of those countries can enjoy a variety of public services, paid for by our own tax money.  We all seem to recognize a common need for police and fire protection, as well as crews of paramedics.  For the common good, we educate our […]

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How Many Shopping Days?

The holiday shopping season is on all of our minds this time of year.  I don’t have a particularly vast shopping list this year, as it seems right to give priority to the necessities over the luxuries in life.  So my thoughts have turned more to where I don’t shop, rather than where I do […]

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Black Friday

Some random comments on this new holiday that is quickly becoming more prominent than Christmas itself: So, we have learned that the day after Thanksgiving in the US is a new holiday known as “Black Friday.”  This is not to be confused with Black Tuesday, the day that the New York Stock Exchange crashed in […]

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Vote NO on Washington Initiative 1033

Many states are having serious problems making their budgets work.  There is a well known situation in California where services have been cut drastically and the government has ground to a halt in the last year.  It is easy to blame the governor and legislators for this, but the biggest problem is the existence of […]

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The P-I: Attachment to Institutions

It has taken me a couple of days to get the courage up to write this. The day that the Seattle P-I published it’s final newsprint edition forever on Tuesday, I admittedly had a fairly emotional reaction to the whole thing.  In fact, it took me until the next day to actually open it up […]

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The Suicide Solution

This past Sunday, US Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested that the executives fron AIG, the insurance company that has received $160 billion in bailout funds from the US Government, either resign or commit suicide.  In his comments to WMT radio in Iowa, “The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards […]

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Customer Service: The Choice is Clear

I am interested in all things Internet, and was interested when a new company on the scene, Clearwire, began in January to offer a new WiMax service in the Portland area.  (It has existed in the Seattle-area for about a year now.)  WiMax is an over-the-air Internet connection serviced via microwave antennas located around the […]

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