|OPINION AND EDITORIAL|
|IN AMERICA AS YOUR PRODUCTIVITY INCREASES, YOUR WAGES DECREASE|
April 01, 2012
The drumbeat for economic advancement is filled with warnings that our kids must get a college education to get ahead. So it’s instructive to see where those college educations can lead. Take my friend’s son Dale, for example.
He’s 28, with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington. He is highly skilled with computers, audio-visual equipment and other technical systems. He’s personable, articulate, and gets along well with almost anyone.
|OPEN LETTER TO MONROE MAYOR ZIMMERMAN|
March 28, 2012
In my opinion it appears that Chad Minnick, who I have been told is your political consultant, has advised you, Mayor Zimmerman, to break the law.
By law, taxes can only be raised 1% a year without voter approval. I won’t vote to approve a tax increase. Will anyone else?
|NOTES FROM AFAR|
Former Monroe man weighs in on controversial mayor & city council
March 28, 2012
To the reader: Dennis Gallagher, now a resident of New Zealand, lived and worked in Monroe and the Monroe area for twenty years. For five of those years he was a member of Monroe’s planning commission.
Mr. Gallagher also operates a blog. In this piece he responds to a Monroe man who wrote to him about “Monroe’s gov’t…increasingly finding itself on the wrong side of people who care about the city.”
|WHY ARE MONROE OFFICIALS BREAKING LAWS?|
Ask local residents
March 23, 2012
(MONROE, WA) -- When local people stand together to protect our community and develop a vision for our future, we can make a positive impact.
The plan our community developed for the North Kelsey site was a good example. Our city bought that property expressly to make sure it was developed in a way consistent with values of the development plan.
|DIGGING A DEEPER HOLE|
Politicos want to massage state pension system in ways that will cost us more
down the road
March 16, 2012
By John Burbank
(SEATTLE, WA) -- Are you saving for your retirement? If you are working, you are. You put 4.1% of your paycheck into Social Security, through the FICA tax.
Now consider if we had no Social Security.
The vast majority of workers would be understandably worried about paying the bills on their current income, their co-insurance for health coverage, their mortgage, not to mention saving for college for their kids. Retirement savings? That can be put off another day, month, year, decade.
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