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March 2012

Tips for baby boomers who are traveling again

Baby boomers love to travel. Boomers consumers now account for more than three quarters of the cash spent on leisure travel in the U.S. every year. I asked Bob Diener, co-founder of, to answer the following questions about baby boomer travel these days and to offer tips on using... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks due to lock failure that can allow children to be exposed to dangerous items

By Rita R. Robison Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. is recalling about 900,000 Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks. Young children can open the cabinet locks, allowing access to cabinet contents and posing the risk of injury, due to dangerous or unsafe items. DJG has received 200 reports of locks that didn’t... Read more →

Shredding paper was my best consumer experience this week, while dealing with my electrical utility was frustrating

By Rita R. Robison My paper shredder works now, which makes me happy. However, talking to my electrical utility is less than inspiring. My best: Getting my paper shredder to work Years ago, I bought a paper shredder from Office Depot. It’s never worked very well. Twice, I’ve taken it... Read more →

More women in their 60s living with their friends

Some say the ‘60s hippies are going back to the commune. Others call the growing number of female baby boomers rooming together “‘The Golden Girls’ phenomenon.” It’s really about women choosing to live with friends, Martha Nelson, author of “Black Chokeberry,” novel about three older women who unexpectedly end up... Read more →

Two dangerous trends for kids: Battery operated cars for toddlers and the princess phenomena for girls

By Rita R. Robison About five years ago, kids age 5 and under began driving their small battery operated cars around the loop street I live on. It was scary. Garbage trucks barrel around this neighborhood. I asked one driver why they go so fast. He told me that if... Read more →

Banks, telecoms, electronics, retailers among companies requiring forced arbitration

If your bank, cell phone provider, employer, or other company that you conduct business with violated your rights or cheated you, would you want to be able to take them to court? Many companies are now using fine print to stop consumers from taking legal action, according to Public Citizen,... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop computers due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison About 50,500 Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktop computers are being recalled by Lenovo. A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Lenovo received... Read more →

Facts and figures on St. Patrick’s Day 2012

Dublin, Ireland Photo: Marketa Volna Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City,... Read more →