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.
As Nordstrom prepares for a dignified but disappointing exit next year from Westfield Vancouver mall, and as Wal-Mart continues its aggressive expansion in the same market area, it's time to take a closer look at what these changes in retail offering say about our community.
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.
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.
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.
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.