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Jan.
3rd

Headlines we’ll read in 2013, for better or worse

Everyone likes predictions (why else do we read horoscopes?). Here are some from David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy. For the most part, he sees positive developments, particularly for the world economy. But he ends on a sad, pessimistic note.

Headlines we’ll be reading in 2013

By David Rothkopf

WASHINGTON — As that great geopolitical theorist Carly Simon once observed, “We can never know about the days to come but we think about them anyway, yay.” She then went on to say, as ketchup lovers everywhere remember, “Anticipation, anticipation, is making me late . . . is keepin’ me waitin’.”

Of course, the tortures of anticipation are well known to observers of the slow-motion train wreck that has been Washington’s management of America’s financial situation, or the recent, interminable U.S. presidential campaign, or the hideously slow path to oblivion followed by the Assad regime in Syria, or the painfully circular Eurofollies, not to mention the gradual but undeniable degradation of the planet’s environment that goes on year in and year out despite our clear knowledge about how to avoid the damage.

The time has come to say “enough.” We live in an age in which the average consumer expects instant gratification. There is no reason those who are interested in the bigger issues taking place in the world shouldn’t have it too. For that reason, we bring to you the top headlines that you will be looking back at when 2013 draws to a close 12 months from now. Think of it as the year in review, before it happens. Read more »

April
24th

No dancing around this: Prom pinches parents’ pockets


Students in Sedalia, Mo., dance Saturday at the school's Junior/Senior Prom. (Sydney Brink/The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Going to the senior prom didn’t used to be a budget buster.

Oh, some big spenders would pop for an orchid corsage instead of a carnation, but the big event could easily cost both parties less than $100 total if her mom made her gown and he wore a nice suit instead of renting a tux. Tickets to the prom, held in a crepe-papered gym with a theme like “A Night to Remember,” might set you back $20.

If you could relate to that at all, then you are old. Very old. Read more »

Feb.
29th

Economy starting to show some real signs of life . . . maybe

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Quick, someone. Knock on wood.

While some signs seem to indicate that the nation really might be lumbering out of the Great Recession that economists say technically ended in June 2009, we’re holding our breath, crossing our fingers and, yes, knocking on wood. We won’t believe it until . . . well, we like to think that we’ll know recovery when we see it. And we sure don’t want to jinx it by proclaiming it a done deal.
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Nov.
6th

Buying local boosts businesses, helps pay for vital services

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Started your Christmas list yet? Save some room on it for gifts bought from local merchants, especially those independently owned businesses that bring character and diversity to local communities.

While the recession has been hard on almost everyone, small businesses have been particularly affected. Many have closed, adding to the depressing number of “Space available” signs in local storefronts. Others are barely hanging on, and this holiday season could be make-or-break time for many of them.

Buying local – the subject reader columnist Kyle Price wrote about last week – isn’t just a boon for merchants’ bottom line. It also keeps dollars in the community – paying local workers’ salaries and paying sales tax to local governments so that they can provide vital services. This is especially important in states, like Washington, that rely heavily on sales taxes because they don’t have a state income tax. Read more »