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December 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School: This senseless gun violence must stop

It’s difficult to know what to say. Tuesday, I wrote about the killings at the Clackamas Mall near Portland, Ore. Friday, I listened to the radio, then watched television, as the events surrounding the mass killing at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., unfolded. Twenty-six people were killed,... Read more →

With another mass murder Tuesday, it’s good to know that gun control is gaining attention

Photo: Steve Morgan Following the mass murder at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a violent batman movie, I wrote an article about the need to set up a blue ribbon panel to figure out what’s causing so many mass murders and do something to stop them. It was extremely... Read more →

The election, health care, personal growth, and the end of the world are the topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

This week, I’m the host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #289. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. As the holidays approach, boomer bloggers have a lot on their minds. Tom Sightings, on Sightings at 60 has... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Dream On Me bath seats due to drowning hazard

Dream On Me Inc. is recalling about 50,000 bath seats The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. The bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies. The... Read more →

Eating fruitcake is my best consumer experience while Apple customer service is lacking

The holidays are coming, bringing fun and stress already. Best consumer experience: Eating fruitcake I really like fruitcake. I used to make it, but no one in my family liked it. Now, I often buy a small fruitcake to enjoy with guests. When I lived in Sydney, Australia, for a... Read more →

Watch out for common holiday travel scams

People love traveling during the holidays. It’s likely AAA's 2011 estimate, about 91 million people traveling at least 50 miles during the holidays, will be topped this year. The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is reminding consumers who are traveling to watch out for common scams:... Read more →

Affordable Care Act saved consumers $1.5 billion last year, but stronger rules may be needed to get more savings passed on to consumers

Consumers saw nearly $1.5 billion in insurer rebates and overhead cost savings in 2011, due to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care or quality improvement activities, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. If health insurers don’t... Read more →

Jobs, cell phones, federal finances, and holiday happiness are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Tom Sightings at Sightings from 60 is this week’s host for the Blogging Boomer Carnival #288. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. For the first December carnival, baby boomer bloggers are writing about happier holidays,... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Harbor Freight Tools cordless drills due to fire and burn hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 108,000 cordless drills. The black trigger switch on the 19.2v cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in... Read more →