The Retiree Advocate: August 2015
Welcome to the August 2015 issue of The Retiree Advocate, the monthly newsletter of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).
In This Issue:
- Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor
- March, 2016 ADVOCATE
- Climate Change Is Violence…NOW
- Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: The Cost of Being a US Colony
- What’s Next in the Fight for Fair Trade?
- What’s Wrong with Europe?
- "Secret Memo": Primary Election Bad News for Developers and Landlords
- Initiative 735 Urges Congress to Amend the US Constitution
- Frank Irigon Receives National Award
- In Memory of Edie Koch
- Celebrate and Organize
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything.