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June 2012

Facts and figures about dads for Father’s Day 2012

By Rita R. Robison On Father's Day, it’s always fun to look at how much consumers will be spending on their dads and who American dads are. Father’s Day spending Gift givers are planning to spend more than ever this Father's Day, according to a National Retail Federation survey. The... Read more →

Top 10 best and worst Father’s Day presents

By Rita R. Robison offers these suggestions for gifts your dad will appreciate: Landscaping services Sports tickets Meat for grilling Gadgets Books A personalized gift Golf clubs Fishing gear Alcohol Grilling tools For gifts that your dad probably wouldn’t want to receive, provides this top 10 listing: Artificial... Read more →

Free items for dad or you on Father’s Day

By Rita R. Robison Sometimes we run out of ideas for our dads because they seem harder to shop for than moms. However, has been doing research on bargains for Father’s Day and offers the following suggestions for you: Free yogurt The Country's Best Yogurt will serve free yogurt... Read more →

Youth, seniors, political candidates, church members among those marching in Capital City Pride Parade

It was a pleasure to march Sunday in Olympia, Wash.'s 2012 Capital City Pride Parade. I've enjoyed marching in the parades in previous years and taking photos, but I especially enjoyed this years parade because so many people there were supporting marriage equality. It was passed by the Washington State... Read more →

Recall of the Week: More gel packs recalled by California Innovations due to ingestion hazard

By Rita R. Robison About 880,000 ice/hot and ice gel packs are being recalled by California Innovations. About 248,000 units associated with lunch boxes and 55,000 associated with food carriers were previously recalled in January 2012. If the packs aredamaged, they can leak gel that could contain diethylene glycol and... Read more →

A good price on push pins but computer glasses that don’t work are this week’s best and worse consumer experiences

By Rita R. Robison I was able to get a bargain on a small item, pushpins. However, satisfaction with a more expensive consumer item, computer glasses, hasn’t been achieved yet. My best consumer experience: A good price on pushpins Just as I got a couple of blocks from my house... Read more →

Insurance companies can manipulate computer systems to underpay injury claims from all consumers, report shows

By Rita R. Robison The computerized claims’ systems used by most of the nation’s largest insurance companies can be easily adjusted to make broad-scale “lowball” claims’ payments to injured consumers that are less than what they should receive under their insurance policies. Those are the findings of a report released... Read more →

Summer’s here: It’s time to review safety steps for pools and spas to keep children safe

By Rita R. Robison Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is continuing its work to reduce drowning deaths by launching the third year of its Pool... Read more →