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November 2010

Nation needs stronger food safety laws now

A conservative commentator criticized the U.S. Senate saying it didn’t get the message voters gave in the midterm elections when it decided that the first bill it was going to vote on after the election was on food safety. I don’t agree. I applaud the Senate for taking up this... Read more →


International robocall ring temporarily shut down

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal district court in Chicago has shut down an international robocall ring that allegedly conned consumers out of $995 each with false promises that it would reduce their credit card interest rates, but provided little or nothing in return. The FTC... Read more →


MetLife stops the sale long-term care insurance

In a few years, baby boomers will begin swelling the ranks of older consumers needing a variety of health-related services. Governments, including Washington state where I live, want them to buy long-term care insurance. This insurance – designed to cover costs that Medicare and Medigap policies won’t pay for such... Read more →


Have your changed your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries yet?

When you change your clocks this weekend, remember also to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition to changing batteries every year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends consumers: Test their alarms monthly. Place smoke alarms on every level of the home, in... Read more →