Why middle income families have lost trillions to upper income families

Economic commentary from Atif Mian and Amir Sufi. (Photo provided/House of Debt Blog)   By Jim Russell Empire Press Correspondent From 1949 to 1979 the employers shared gains in productivity with all workers until 1980 (http://houseofdebt.org/2014/03/18/the-most-important-economic-chart.htm). Since 1980 the wealth from productivity increases are going to higher income families while median...
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Daydreaming about being an advisor for presidential candidates

Jim Russell Empire Press Correspondent After watching presidential campaigns for six decades, I’ve decided to daydream about being an advisor to Clinton or Trump in the presidential campaign. Trump is a celebrity showman driving the Republican campaign so my recommendation would be, “Don’t change.” Not that he plans to. Campaigners’ repeated suggestions to act more presidential have...
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Commentary: Housing costs — A tale of two daughters in the best of times and worst of times

This is a tale of housing costs for my two daughters in April of 2016, one who panicked and one who celebrated.
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Finding nirvana as an ADHD sufferer

On April 13, I wrote the following. My daughter, bless her soul, suffers from dysfunctional attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which she inherited from me. I feel guilty about passing it on to her. Or sometimes I feel smug.
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Let’s back political campaigns that are guaranteed winners and will save lives

This is a story of politicians’ presidential campaigns compared to other politicians’ life-and-death campaigns for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015.
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Commentary: East Wenatchee and Douglas County housing ranked highly healthy

The East Wenatchee housing market is ranked the third healthiest in Washington state, according to the second annual Healthy Housing Markets Study (tinyurl.com/j7to68w) published by SmartAsset, an online financial technology firm.
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Gazing: How and why my dog Haley and I help each other

My dog Haley has Karen and me locked into a one- to two-mile morning walk that makes all of us feel better.
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Commentary: The abuse of political rhetoric is more disastrous than abuse of presidential power

By Jim Russell Empire Press Correspondent People are angry at the political rhetoric abusing us via our newsprint and electronic media. After looking in frustration at the issue of Obama exceeding his constitutional authority, I was stunned at how confusing and wasteful that discussion is. Obama provoked it by misstating his intentions and acting impatiently. Republicans attacked him with...
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Commentary: Let’s help our presidential candidates achieve their promises

Unpaid volunteers from Wenatchee representing the international nonprofit bipartisan organization One (one.org) are traveling to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.
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Commentary: We should listen to claims for slavery reparations

As he's done for years, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., has introduced H.R. 40 calling for a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. The bill says, “sufficient inquiry has not been made into the effects of the institution of slavery on living African-Americans and society in the United States.”
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