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January 2010

How to have a fantastic, fun Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be here soon, a day for lovers, partners, and spouses to honor and acknowledge the one they love and their relationship.Need some ideas on how to have a wonderful celebration? Here are tips to help you make this year’s Valentine’s Day the best ever. Most consumers will... Read more →


Top health care stories of 2009

Swine flu, health reform, and debates over breast and prostate screening tests are among the top 10 health stories of 2009. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, offers this list of the top health care events last year: Tom Daschle: Daschle was slated to be the White House’s chief health... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Toyota vehicles due to gas pedal problems

A new Toyota recall was announced this week, affecting about 2.3 million vehicles, due to gas pedals that could become hard to depress, slow to return, or stick. In a separate recent recall, about 4 million Toyota vehicles were recalled over concerns that accelerator pedals could become lodged under floor... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Which consumer happenings cheered you recently and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Lunch at a Cuban restaurant with my daughter Although the service was a little slow, I enjoyed having lunch with my daughter... Read more →


Baby boomer Conan O’Brien moves on

Conan O’Brien, 46, hosted his last show of “The Tonight Show” tonight.I’m not sorry to see O’Brien go. I don’t watch much television, but I stopped watching O’Brien after he ran an offensive skit. It bashed Europeans, and featured a nerdy-looking, pompous guy in a funny-looking shirt. It ended with... Read more →


Supreme Court decision gutting campaign-financing laws is bad news for consumers

It was an ironic day. As the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to sweep aside decades of legislative restrictions on the role of corporations in political campaigns, I was at the state capital in Olympia, Wash., celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women in the state and first... Read more →