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.
The tantrum thrown by extremists in the Republican Party about the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling is over -- for now -- but the shutdown's cost to the U.S. economy ($24 billion, according to Standard & Poor's) and the blight on the democratic principle of majority rule are unmistakable.
With the federal government shutdown looking to drag on for a while, an array of public opinion polls show overwhelming opposition to the Republicans' "strategy" of choking off discretionary spending programs to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Five years out from the Great Recession's curtain-raiser on Wall Street, when the titans of banking and finance unashamedly left Americans to bail themselves out from their greedy deeds, the foreclosure counselors at Vancouver's Community Housing Resource Center are catching their breath.
If you're part of the working poor or a member of the fading American middle class, you're well aware that your income — the lifeblood of building a life in this world — has either stalled or flat out taken a nosedive.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's decision to retire within 12 months has triggered a round of critiques about Microsoft's successes and -- mostly -- about its failures since Ballmer took the helm from company co-founder Bill Gates in 2000.
This week, Hollywood releases its rendition of the life of Steve Jobs, who is played by Ashton Kutcher in "Jobs." Expect to hear plenty of discussion, again, about the Apple co-founder's brilliance as one of our era's greatest entrepreneurs.
It's testimony to the optimism and dynamism baked into the U.S. economy that so many people want to go into business for themselves, to breathe life into their own dreams and employ others along the way.