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Pre 2012 Archives

Stop TPP Fast Track!

I am a semi-retired pharmacist, and I am speaking on behalf of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action. We are asking you to help stop Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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Seniors – Stand Up to Smoke and Mirrors Budgeting

The advantages of getting older are not inconsiderable. Active seniors among us can count on a number of pluses. As seniors, barring cognitive disease, we are savvier, wiser and no longer prone to the tensions that afflict young families. We probably won’t have to take our adult kids to soccer practice or bake cupcakes for a young child’s homeroom; we may even save a little on a movie ticket and on bus fares.

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A Tale of Two Cities

Seattle is becoming two cities. In one, glittering fortunes are being made for the super rich and the major corporations that dominate the landscape. In the other, where most of us live, life is becoming increasingly unaffordable.

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2043 and the Social Security

“Your daddy was so happy,” Zenwa Uncle said. “He said, ‘All the kids doing fine. Roy was doing good in school. Ned going Punahou. Everybody doing well.’ …We were eating. He told a joke, everybody laughed. Him too. But he pulled his head back, laughed and died.”

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Your Mail Service: Deliberately Made Worse

You may not be aware of this, but your mail service was just degraded. With little public notice, the U.S. Postal Service has undermined one of its most basic functions – the delivery of firstclass mail. As of January 5, new service standards mean that such mail will now take longer to be delivered. For example, mail sent across town will no longer be delivered the next day, but will take a minimum of two days.

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Macy’s Workers Begin Contract Negotiations

By Mike Andrew Macy’s workers have begun bargaining for their new contract, with an initial bargaining session March 18 and another one March 25. Their present contract will expire on May 2. Workers at all seven Macy’s stores in the Puget Sound area are covered by the contract, and are represented by UFCW 21. The […]

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The President’s Budget and Social Security

The President’s Budget released February 2, for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2015, would amend the Defense of Marriage Act to require the Social Security Administration and other agencies that administer programs in which marriage is a factor, to consider an individual as married if the marriage is valid in the state where that marriage occurred.

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Golden Years Turned to Lead

Debt is a bully. It can be bigger, stronger and more intimidating than any schoolyard kid who took your lunch away when you were younger. It’s especially hard for seniors. Seniors are faced with debt when their fixed incomes have little excess to dig themselves out of mounting bills.

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If Black Lives Mattered…Transforming How We Respond to the Climate Crisis

What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything.

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Health Care Access for All

“Wanted to let everyone know we had a great hearing this morning for HB 1321 in the House Health Care Committee,” EOI Senior Policy Analyst and PSARA member Tatsuko Go Hollo reported in a February 20 email.

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