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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

February 23, 2017
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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

Upstate New York was going downhill. The plants were closing. Too many houses were vacant. Two large upstate cities, Buffalo and Rochester, were suffering.

Refugees knew a good thing when they saw the upstate cities. Housing was cheap. They saw …

Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

February 22, 2017
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Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

Texas oil fields were going through hard times. Prices were dropping; production was dropping. Thousands of workers lost their jobs.

Now oil production is coming back. The workers are not.

Lower prices forced oil producers to find new ways to …

Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

February 20, 2017
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Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

What is so different about Canada? Their Prime Minister came to see President Trump. There were no fireworks. Trump did not threaten Trudeau with tariffs and taxes. He has threatened Mexico. NAFTA includes Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. The same …

It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

February 15, 2017
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It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

The whole world benefits when people work in places where they can use their skills. Most experts say the free flow of labor adds a great deal to the world economy. This is true for the United States as well.…

Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

February 14, 2017
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Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

Farmers need workers. For years there was an easy back-and-forth flow of workers across the border to pick crops. This is one of the reasons American agriculture is so strong. People without papers have lived here for years. They buy …

China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

February 9, 2017
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China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

China believes in rails. The U.S. believes in walls.

The Chinese are spending billions of dollars on rail lines in Africa. A train line linking Djibouti and Ethiopia just opened. The new line is the first electric railway between two …

The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

February 8, 2017
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The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

Donald Trump won by making promises. He said he could stop the flow of jobs as they move around the world. One way is to start trade wars. He said this would bring factories back to towns where they had …

Will Big Business Save America? 

February 1, 2017
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Will Big Business Save America? 

President Trump’s banned refugees from seven countries. It is not hard to find outrage in America.

For example, American veterans worry about the people who helped them in Iraq. Relatives worry about their families on their way to the states. …

Self-help is the answer

Where is the World Heading?

January 25, 2017
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Where is the World Heading?

Every year wealthy business people meet in Davos, Switzerland. They are people who help plan the future. The choices they make can touch the lives of everyone on the planet.

The meeting has a theme. It is “Committed to Improving …

Privatization: Remember the Word

January 16, 2017
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Privatization: Remember the Word

What is privatizing? Take something the government does. Turn it over to a private company to do. That is privatization.

Why do this? The first question is what did the service cost the taxpayer? The second question is what is …

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Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

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Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations...

Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater...

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