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Facts and figures for Labor Day 2017

The first observance of Labor Day was probably on September 5, 1882, when about 10,000 workers gathered in New York City for a parade. It inspired similar events around the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” at some time during the year.... Read more →


How to escape from the daily bad news

Photo: Carol Cassara Since our current president was elected, American is being barraged with news item after new item every day on crazy things the president is doing and thinking. I recently sent an email to KUOW, the national public radio station I listen to regularly, asking them to air... Read more →


Dr. Martens vegan boots being recalled due to chemical exposure hazard

The importer Airwair is recalling about 30,000 Dr. Martens vegan boots in the United States and an addition 900 in Canada. Prolonged and direct contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves Dr. Martens... Read more →