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April 2011

What was your best and worst consumer experience this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Getting help with tree trimming In my backyard, I have a mulberry tree that’s too... Read more →


Effects of Chernobyl deadly, costly, long lasting

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Like many people, I thought pouring concrete over the failed Chernobyl nuclear power plant solved the problem. Not so. About 3,000 people work at Chernobyl in decontaminated areas maintaining and decommissioning the plant, and another 4,000 work nearby providing security in the 19-mile exclusion... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro aquarium heaters due to fire and laceration hazards

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist United Pet Group is recalling about 1.2 million Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro aquarium heaters. A wiring problem can cause the aquarium heaters to overheat or break during normal use, damaging the aquarium and posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers, the U.S. Consumer... Read more →


What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep? Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week: My best: Great Brussels sprouts at the Olympia Food Co-op I really like Brussels sprouts. However, I... Read more →


Ways to help the planet on Earth Day

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist We live in challenging times. The economy continues to limp along in a slow recovery from the Great Recession, brought to us by corporate greed. Because tax revenues are down, conservatives are leading a charge to cut the size of government – and with... Read more →


Ideas for non-sugar Easter treats

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist Americans, especially children, eat too much sugar. The average child under 12 consumes 49 pounds of sugar per year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. I received an e-mail from Staci Torgeson suggesting these for non-cavity inducing treats for Easter baskets: Custom bunny... Read more →