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The Great(er) Depression
Back in the year 2000, I was a tiny speck among the hordes of new financial advisors hired during the tech bubble. Our job was to pitch financial stuff to adoring clients. Of course the tech bubble promptly popped, and those clients weren't so adoring any more... This was a perfect time for me to fall back on my training:

"Buy and hold!!!! Make your clients hang on! It's always the right thing to do!

When the markets give you lemons, keep eating those lemons with gusto!"

As it turns out, that was exactly the right advice, as the markets eventually recovered those losses - and investors who hung on were rewarded. The same story repeated itself during the financial crisis. Many stock investors lost 50 percent of their account value - and some of those people gave up on stocks. But those who hung on reaped the benefits of "buy and hold" once again. In fact, every single time the markets have tumbled, the best bet was to hang onto stocks for the long haul, and wait patiently for the recovery.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...

Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
Education vs Propaganda?
I'm an evolutionism-inclined agnostic, but I trusted my kids (and do trust my grandkids) to be smart enough and objective enough not to let any particular church nor any faction of public education convince them it has the closed, last word on any issue. And call me crazy, but I don't fear my progeny will somehow become intellectually corrupted by alternative thoughts, as evolutionists seem to dread, so I don't feel driven to keep the kids sheltered from exposure to those alternative thoughts.
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Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...
Well, if you hate government so much
Alright, 10-4, I hammer government often. Is it even possible to be a sociopolitical writer without hammering government when it needs it? Isn't the task of exclusively praising government what a ... press secretary ... does? How's that working out for America?

"Well if you hate government so much ..." go the opening salvos from some of my mercifully few critics. They proceed along sneered lines like: "... then why do you accept social security or medicare!?" [Gotchaaaaa!!!] or " ... then put out your own wildfires!" [That showed him!].

Let's set the record straight: I don't "hate" government. Only a cackling fool presumes to tell another person what they "hate". For, absent a first-person declaration of what that other person "hates", no one could possibly know this about another person except ... yep ... that other person.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...
Senator Parlette's news from Olympia
Getting help for wildfire relief

In my previous column I mentioned how Sen. Maria Cantwell had come to Okanogan County, to meet with local officials and see some of the wildfire damage, shortly after we had talked on the phone. She toured the area with Congressman Doc Hastings, and within days, they along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert sent a letter asking President Obama to issue a disaster declaration so wildfire victims could seek federal assistance.

This past week I sent a letter of my own to multiple folks in Washington, D.C., making the case for assistance to individuals and families affected by the wildfires.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, August 28, 2014 More...
Racism alive and festering across America
Presumption of innocence is not a right specifically enumerated in our Constitution. It is in fact a recognized right in common law that precedes our Constitution's bill of rights and can be found in human legal jurisprudence all the way back to the Roman Empire. In other words, is has long been recognized as a fundamental principle of fairness in most civilized societies. So why are we still arguing about it today?
Thursday, August 28, 2014 More...
Let's talk about parking
Here at City Hall, one of our most active and valuable committees is the Residential Advisory Committee. We call it the RAC. This group is made up of three City Council members, the Mayor and City Administrator and several civic minded local residents. The simple purpose of the committee is to improve communication between our residents and the City Council. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and share ideas about making Leavenworth work better and be more "resident responsive". Some of the projects we've discussed have to do with the pool, parks, our streets and intersections, safety for our families and kids and generally how to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Meeting the needs in our fire ravaged home
This is a brief In Touch to update you about a few of the efforts to assist the many people affected by the record wildfires in our area.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Meeting the needs in our fire ravaged home
This is a brief In Touch to update you about a few of the efforts to assist the many people affected by the record wildfires in our area.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Free is a four letter word
There is a deeply corrosive concept stirring in America today. It's a concept that eats at the very fabric of our economic and social system. That is that anything and everything I want should somehow be free.

There is nothing that is really free. In fact, even the air we breath comes at some cost. That cost may be hidden in the sense that we don't personally have to pay money to breath it. But if we want it to be clean then we must find a way to keep everyone from filling the air we share with harmful substances. So we regulate emissions of all types. We can argue about how effective those regulations are another day, but the reality is there is a cost to all of us for keeping the air clean.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...

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