It was a historic event. Thousands of people came to the Washington state capital for the Women’s March on Saturday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, what he’s said in the past, and his possible policies.
About 200 people gathered Friday morning on the steps of the capitol in Olympia, Washington, to peacefully protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
High school and community college students and others urged the audience to organize and resist efforts to discriminate against immigrants, minorities, women, the disabled, and the elderly. Some spoke of treating people with love to get the best results and not give in to hate.
One high school student said:
We will not sit and complain. We will serve our communities. We will not isolate ourselves. We will reach out to our neighbors and friends who need us most. We will not cry and lie down, but instead we will smile and stand up. We will march on and find what we truly believe in and what we’re made of, whether we’re made of something flimsy and bendable or stubborn and strong. We are here to show the world the difference between right and wrong, and refuse to quit and be on the wrong side of history.
Hand-lettered signs saying, “Not my president,” were sprinkled throughout the crowd.
Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, is being sued for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment.
For years, Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, created obstacles to repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and failing to act when borrowers complained, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday.
Through shortcuts and deception, the company also illegally cheated many struggling borrowers out of their rights to lower repayments, which caused them to pay much more than they had to for their loans.
Last week, I had fun going to the Inaugural Ball for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
With Donald Trump set to be become president Friday, I appreciate so much that we have a governor in our state who supports consumer and environmental protection, health care insurance for all, education at all levels, clean energy, transportation funding, and more.
The ball was great celebration. I found a good spot to take photos during the program and got a lot of nice photos from the entire event.
Our group of baby boomer bloggers is using the New Year as an opportunity to simultaneously look back and ahead.
They write about a relaxing coastal drive, the life and death of Debbie Reynolds, a look at why we move to new places, the rewards and challenges of learning how to get along with people who are different from us, ways to be more hopeful and happy in 2017, which boomer icons are dead or alive, and how co-signing on a student loan for your children or grandchildren can jeopardize your financial future.
Complaints from older borrowers with student loans show that how the loans are handled can jeopardize their long-term financial security.
Student loans make up the nation’s second largest amount of consumer debt, and seniors are the fastest growing part of this debt.
From 2005 to 2015, the number of Americans age 60 or older with one or more student loans quadrupled from about 700,000 to 2.8 million. And the average debt load owed by an older borrower nearly doubled from $12,000 to $23,500.
Well, a week from today is Christmas. I should be feeling the holiday cheer… but I’m not.
Tomorrow, Dec. 19, the Electoral College will vote for the president of the United States. Electors have been urged by the thousands of Americans to select someone beside Donald Trump. However, they’re unlikely to do it, according to an article in The Washington Post.
I guess we’ll just have to brace ourselves for the on slot of bad policies and laws the Republicans are going to propose. Get rid of Medicare? Gut the Environmental Protection Agency? Replace public schools with charter schools? Abolish the U.S. Department of Energy? Shut down consumer protection? The list goes on and on.
Then, there’s Trump himself. He continues his bombastic style, with shocking comments almost daily. His latest? China can keep the American drone it captured in the South China Sea. What?
While I’ve been down in the dumps this week, I did notice something surprising.
Federal agencies are announcing what seems like an unusually large number of settlements with businesses – so many I couldn’t keep up with them. Here are a few:
DeVry University, a for-profit college, for inflating the truth about jobs prospects for its students.
Ashley Madison, a website known for marketing to people who are already in relationships but still want to date, for a lax security system that failed to protect 36 million users’ account and profile information.
Aura Labs for a blood pressure app that doesn’t work.
Vemma Nutrition Co., seller of energy, health, and wellness drinks, for operating a pyramid scheme.
Maybe the agencies are trying to get lawsuits settled before Trump and his cronies take over the federal government.
On a happier note, here are the topics other boomer bloggers are writing about:
After the election, Sightings wrote “Boy Was I Wrong,” admitting he didn’t predict the winner of the presidential race. Then, he said he was going back to what he was doing – looking for a place to retire.
This week, Sightings is wondering about blogging. Is it worth the effort, if you're just being self-indulgent and talking to yourself? He faces the issue in an article called “Blogging: Is It All About Me?” and asks how we can reach out to others and find mutual interests, rather than just having a conversation with ourselves.
This is the Best of Boomer Blogs #478. Please take the time to check out these articles. And, join in the conversations. Boomer bloggers love to hear from readers.
Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Ads on television extolling the virtues of for-profit colleges look appealing to many wanting to further their educations. However, consumers often have trouble with them.
For example, DeVry University claimed that 90 percent of graduates actively seeking employment landed jobs in their field within six months of graduation, said Jennifer Leach, assistant director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Consumer and Business Education. And that DeVry bachelor’s degree graduates, on average, had 15 percent higher incomes one year after graduation than the graduates of all other colleges or universities.
Donald Trump has agreed to settle lawsuits charging that Trump University, which is no longer operating, used high-pressure sales tactics and employed unqualified instructors.
Under the agreement, Trump will pay $21 million to settle the two California class-action suits and $4 million to settle a lawsuit with the New York Attorney General’s Office. The settlement needs to be approved by the court, which is expected to take months.
Trump University, which operated from 2004 to 2010, included free introductory seminars across the country, focusing mostly on real estate investing and learning Trump’s methods. Students could then purchase more expensive courses costing up to $35,000.