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A Call for Optimism

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing the gloom and doom news about the economy and our future. While I try to minimize my exposure to negativity, sometimes it is hard to keep smiling and remain optimistic. My efforts to do so was emboldened by an article I received years ago by […]

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Why Recycle When You Can Refuse?

Each week a free paper is delivered to our home. Each week I walk it from the paper-box to the trash can. When my dad was alive, he would recycle these papers, but with shorter hours at the recycling center and higher gas prices, I often wondered if his efforts were worth it. Now the […]

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Carbon Credits

Am I the only one scratching my head over carbon credits? The whole idea of having environmentally “good” activity negate environmentally “bad” activity seems strange. Why not just focus on reducing or stopping environmentally harmful action? What if there were “water credits?” If someone dumps 100 gallons of polluted water into a river, would it […]

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Are You Wealthy?

Are you wealthy? Your initial answer on “No” is probably the same as mine was, but I’ve since learned that I was wrong. My eyes were recently opened to a new reality concerning my relative financial well-being in this global economy. The webiste www.globalrichlist.com (which, unfortunately, may not be working anymore) shows how you rank. […]

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Did You Know?

Did you know that the three major US stock indices are all positive for the year? According to CNNMoney.com, as of last Friday (June 12) The DOW ended the week up for the year, albeit slightly, at +.26% The S & P 500 has been in positive territory since early May and now stands at […]

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Another Sign That the Economy is Beginning it’s Recovery

Yesterday I posited that an increase in blog readership might be indicative of increase consumer confidence and a sign that the long awaited economic recovery is underway.  There are, of course, no hard facts behind that assertion.  However, I have another parallel observation that is quantifiable. Many of my websites, including this blog, include Goggle […]

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The Real Question About the Economic Crisis

At the World Economic Forum, Jim Wallis suggested that wondering when the global economic crisis would be over is the wrong question to ask — even though it is the one foremost on our minds. He posited that the real query should be, “How will this crisis change us?”   After all, if we don’t learn […]

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Economic Stimulus

In the 80s, Ronald Reagan responded to bad economic times with a tax cut.  Dubbed “trickle down economics,” it masterfully did the trick, with the economy smartly rebounding, ushering in a period of prolonged economic prosperity. An alternate strategy for economic recovery is for government to spend their way out of it — even if […]

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Changing Property Values in a Bad Economy

We’ve been hearing nothing but bad economic news for the past several months. The stock market is tanking, with folks losing huge portions of their retirement accounts.  People are being evicted from their homes as banks foreclose on properties in record numbers.  Even renters who pay on time every month can be pinched when their […]

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Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go…

The recent issue of Sojourners magazine cited some sobering facts about the state of the prison system in the US: 7.4 million people were under the control of the US criminal justice system in 2007. I’m not exactly sure what is meant by “under control,” but that is over 2% of the population, which is […]