Category Archives: Community Building

Why Middle Income Families Have Lost Wealth to Upper Income Families

From 1949 to 1979 the employers shared gains in productivity with all workers until 1980 (see the chart below from Atif Mian and Amir Sufi  at the House of Debt http://houseofdebt.org/2014/03/18/the-most-important-economic-chart.html. Since 1980 the wealth from productivity increases are going … Continue reading

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Let’s Back Campaigns that are Guaranteed Winners and Save Lives

This is a story of politicians’ presidential campaigns compared to different politicians’ life-and-death campaigns for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015. On July 29 2015, 23 politicians had announced their candidacies for president. July 30 Sen, Susan … Continue reading

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Why I’m Afraid of the Impact from the New Stars Wars Movie James S Russell Alex Clark, my 12-year-old lunch buddy friend and I watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He said, “It was good, but it seemed like they … Continue reading

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Ways We Can Help Politicians Cooperate and Improve Lives

The world is making startling progress to improve people’s lives. It doesn’t feel like progress when we’re finally free of the fall campaign rhetoric only to undergo immobilizing squabbling between Democrats and Republicans. What gives me hope are my experiences … Continue reading

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How a Charity Avoided Toxicity and Stopped an Ebola Outbreak

The book Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton describes how well-intentioned donations devastates causes by creating dependencies without investing in people with skills and attitudes for progress. The book cover said Lupton “has been at the forefront of urban ministry” in … Continue reading

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Ban on Shooting Guns Expanded Along Popular Loop Trail

Douglas County Commissioners restricted firearm discharges from the middle of the Columbia River to a line 50 feet east of the Loop Trail in an area between the City of East Wenatchee and the Odabashian Bridge. Hunters could shoot from … Continue reading

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591 Destroys Washington’s Gun Safety Laws and 594 Improves Them

Washington’s fall ballot contains two measures on gun safety, 591 and 594.    Photo posted on iconosquare.com by ikmvers556   This is how they’ll appear on the 2014 Washington ballot this fall.   “Initiative Measure 591 concerns firearms. This measure would … Continue reading

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