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COVID-19 Diaries: Lessons from Seattle

What Can Be Learned from the Seattle Experience with COVID-19 I live in the bedroom community of Puyallup, Washington and commute to my hotel job in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately, that also means I have been following the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) from its very first diagnosis in the United States. I am writing this…

We Can Pay for Chinese Democracy

Déjà vu. As I trek to Best Buy this Sunday morning to pick up Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, I can’t shake the feeling I’ve been down this path before. I imagine that music reviewers the world over are scratching their heads now that the album is finally released. How do you go about reviewing…

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George W. Bush: A Uniter, Not A Divider

It would be an understatement of biblical proportions to write that November 4, 2008 went badly for the Republicans. The dust is still settling, but it is clear the Democrats picked up at least 6 Senate seats and 19 House seats. Obama won the Presidency handily, with a comfortable margin in the Electoral College and…

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Coffee Corporations Should Nix Tip Jars

Tipping used to be a way to show appreciation for a service performed well. Now the ubiquitous tip jar can be found throughout the fast-food industry, from coffee shops to Chinese takeout. Over time, the tipping expectation spread from a few well-defined industries — restaurant, pizza delivery and bartending — to include any number of…

A proposed 2-1/2 cent piece. Graphic created by Mike Tomren.

Rethinking the Penny

A 2-1/2 cent piece for your thoughts? One of my biggest complaints about U.S. currency policy, apart from ‘Big-Headed’ bills and extraneous nickels, is that no one has any plans whatsoever to get rid of the penny. Nearly worthless, the U.S. Mint produces 13 billion pennies a year at a cost of .72 cent per…