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Congress' plan to assist homeowners in trouble was likely to be utilized by about 400,000 borrowers.  When plans started rolling out earlier this year, 2.6 million loans were in distress.  Currently, more than 3 million are at significant risk, and it's expected that about 3 million more will fac...
06/30/2008
Have you noticed the new milk jug design at stores like Costco?  The container is more boxy, but in reality, is a far better design.  This is a great example of how companies take a risk and make a change for better efficiency and sustainability.  The jug has some consumers grumbling about them s...
06/30/2008
Here is a problem issue that arises from soaring fuel costs, or perhaps just another sign of a down economy:  fuel thieves.  I keep hearing about thieves robbing pieces of civil infrastructure and projects to cash in on the value of metal, for example taking copper wiring or highway guard rails. ...
06/30/2008
Well, better late than never, eh?  With the winter/cooler-than-normal (so it seems) spring weather lingering up until, oh, last week, local strawberries are finally ready!  One local farmer stated a couple weeks ago that this has been the coldest June he can remember.  What a way to think local/b...
06/27/2008
Edith Macefield stood up for how she wanted to live and didn't succumb to the pressures of the developer dollar.  As Seattle's Ballard neighborhood grew up with condominiums, trendy stores, and health clubs, her modest cottage on NW 46th St., which "leans seriously to one side," still stands lite...
06/26/2008
Seattle Times Sunday, June 22, 2008 Smokers offered vouchers to quit LONDON -- Authorities in a Scottish city are offering smokers food vouchers if they quit. Health officials in Dundee say ex-smokers will be given the equivalent of $25 a week on a cash card.  The credit can be redeemed in stores...
06/26/2008
In the June 22, 2008 Seattle Times' Business section, I found an amusing Associated Press blurb talking about the state of the economy.  "Americans continue to imbibe despite the weak economy.  US spirits sales grew 5.7 percent in May, according to AC Nielsen.  Lehman Brothers analyst Ian Shackle...
06/25/2008
It's about time again for the monthly all-you-can-eat Swedish pancake breakfast at the Sons of Norway Hall in Bellingham.  It takes place this coming Saturday, June 21, from 8-11 am.  For $6, you get an initial plate of ham, eggs, 2 pancakes with lingonberries & whipped cream, and an orange slice...
06/16/2008
Belltown is now a full-out trendy, hip, new, uppercrust, and expensive section of Seattle.  I came across a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article recently (May 30, 2008) about a venerable club in the neighborhood -- the Catholic Seamen's Club, originated by the Archdiocese of Seattle in 1939 -- that...
06/03/2008
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Ilyce Glink, national columnist, published some very good advice in May 2006 that more borrowers should have paid attention to:  "And while exotic mortgages -- such as interest-only loans and pay-option ARMs, also known as negative-equity loans because they add to the principal balance of the loa...
05/29/2008
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