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Nothing sheepish about the price of wool

We humans have been using wool for thousands of years. It was the primary clothing material of the Middle Ages. But even today, new uses for wool are cropping up, driving prices to record highs.

The primary use for wool continues to be in clothing production. The newest demand for this natural material is coming from sports’ companies such as Nike, Puma and Adidas that are weaving it into sneakers. It appears that a new generation of consumers prefer natural over synthetic fibers. They want to know where their products come from and where they are going. 

Look for rate cuts in auto insurance

In falsely bragging about the alleged benefits to the middle class from the tax law enacted by the Republicans last month, the Trumpsters neglected to give high visibility to the state regulators who must require utility and insurance companies to pass savings from the tax cuts on to their consumers.

While some regulated utility companies (gas, electric and telephone) did announce that they would be reducing rates for consumers, others seem to be waiting for state regulators to push them. The insurance companies in particular seem to be in need of a nudge.

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-8-18

Social equality

I normally restrict myself to whatever I can find as a positive thing to say on the leftward side of politics. But this time has been so crazy over a meaningless “memo” that I have had nothing to say until after the Super Bowl.

Miller

So much for filing your taxes on a postcard

Part 1 of a series

 

No, after the new tax law you will not be able to file your taxes on a postcard.  In fact, the tax law just got more complex, which should surprise no one. Keep in mind that the new law applies to 2018, and not to 2017, except in almost unnoticeable details.  

Connecticut congressmen should learn to compromise

It was sad to see both Connecticut senators and three of its five House members vote against reopening the federal government last week.

Dark side of free viral media

I get asked, “How can the paper afford you…” Good question since they don’t (and shouldn’t) pay anything (including a free paper.) Ah, you wonder, thinking of the hours and research, then why’s he doing it? Let’s put this in today’s jargon: I get the benefit of cross-platforming, expanding reach and viral media response, expanding my platform. I should. I don’t.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-1-18

For those who embrace the final stage of life

The tree outside my bedroom window is almost bare, except for a small ballerina skirt of leaves around the bottom, which refuses to let go.

Its branches are bare, but not dead, not even dormant.

All hail the rise of the smoothie

The global market for smoothies is one that is growing and profitable. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today’s on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue.