By Gordon Oliver March 2, 2014 6 a.m.
On an early morning hike nine days ago, we climbed steep hills south of San Francisco to enjoy stunning views both of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Then we headed to the local Starbucks, in San Mateo, to round out our morning.
By Gordon Oliver February 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Big-time businesses are paying an average of $4 million to spend 30 seconds in your home during today's Super Bowl. The advertisers know who they'll find in front of the screens: a huge, attentive crowd of consumers.
By Gordon Oliver January 19, 2014 6 a.m.
In the tumultuous early years of the 20th century, hope was a scarce commodity for many Americans. Caught in the grip of poverty and far from imagining — let alone living — the American Dream, many among the nation's yearning masses turned to radical political parties and labor unions while the privileged few lived the life of the Great Gatsby.
By Cami Joner January 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Most of us aren't surprised by statistics showing we shopped online a lot more during the recent holiday season.
By Aaron Corvin December 22, 2013 6 a.m.
When I was a kid, you couldn't pry me away from a good book.
By Gordon Oliver December 15, 2013 6 a.m.
We all know about the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. We fill our days and nights with gatherings of family and friends, decorating the home and trimming the tree, and shopping, shopping, shopping.
By Cami Joner December 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Can't believe I'm sayin' it.
By Gordon Oliver December 1, 2013 6 a.m.
Boeing surely must have figured it was offering its International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Machinist Union employees and Washington lawmakers a deal they would not -- they dared not -- refuse. But with as many as 20,000 future jobs on the line, all bets are now off.
By Gordon Oliver November 17, 2013 6 a.m.
It's common sport in our world to find someone to blame for whatever goes wrong. We have blogs, comment threats on news articles, and mind-numbing talk shows all focused on finding fault.
By Gordon Oliver November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
A fragile economy and the banking industry's regulatory turmoil are playing out painfully at Riverview Community Bank, Clark County's last bastion of true community banking in an era when that phrase has lost much of its meaning.
By Gordon Oliver November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
In a time long ago, I spent 10 weeks on a cross-country train and bus journey with my wife and our young daughter. Amtrak was in its infancy as a national railroad passenger service created to replace failing private railroads, and the relative comfort of its shiny new cars was offset by the cold, rundown train stations and sometimes unpredictable service.