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Rita Robison

 
How to get fair insurance treatment after Hurricane Idalia
September 13th, 2023

With climate change creating more storms and natural disasters, insurance companies are facing unprecedented claims. They’re reacting with raising prices and refusing to offer coverage in some areas of high storm activities. Policyholders are entitled to receive their claims payments under the terms of their insurance policies, and insurers shouldn’t delay or mistreat consumers. Many victims of Hurricane Idalia will be underinsured and uninsured for flood damage. There will be big fights over whether the damage was caused by wind, covered in a home policy, versus flooding, excluded in... Continue Reading

September 13th, 2023
9/11 is a good time to contemplate where we are in America
September 12th, 2023

It’s a difficult day for me – 9/11. My niece, whose birthday was Sept. 11, died suddenly in 2020 just months before her 60th birthday. Also heartbreaking, remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 on the America I love. So, my thoughts are on our nation today. My grandfather, Peter R. Slingsby, immigrated to the United States from England when he was 9 years old. The photo is Peter and his parents John and Frances Slingsby taken in 1864. Peter and his family settled in North Dakota, where establishing a life was challenging. They grew flax and tried to start a homestead. He died in 1914... Continue Reading

September 12th, 2023
Electrolux Group recalls Frigidaire gas cooktops due to the risk of gas leaks and fire
September 10th, 2023

It’s always important to watch out for fire hazards. I picked out this recent recall to write about this week because of it. I’ll write about an even bigger recall, glass door knobs, next week. Electrolux Group is recalling about 77,000 Frigidaire four- and five-burner gas cooktops. Plastic control knobs with a black shaft on the cooktop can crack or break during use, posing a risk of a gas leak and fire hazard. Electrolux has received 63 reports of these control knobs defects that included one minor injury from a gas leak and one report of fire. This recall involves all Frigidaire stainless-steel... Continue Reading

September 10th, 2023
California legislature passes bill that will ban 26 chemicals in cosmetics linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and birth defects
September 9th, 2023

A bill banning the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to affect human health passed the California State Legislature Wednesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it. The law would ban hazardous substances such as some borate compounds, lily aldehyde, cyclotetrasiloxane, trichloroacetic acid, styrene, and certain colors. “Personal care products and cosmetics should be non-toxic for everyone,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman, author of the legislation. “If you consider that the European Union prohibits almost 2,500 chemicals in such products, a ban in California... Continue Reading

September 9th, 2023
Google agrees to a preliminary settlement of anticompetitive charges with states on its Play Store
September 7th, 2023

Google has reached a tentative settlement with the attorneys general from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico on one of three major antitrust lawsuits against the company for its anticompetitive conduct in the Google Play Store. In July 2021, 37 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the company used its monopoly power in the Android app market to inflate prices for paid apps and in-app purchases. “No company is too big to play by the rules, including Google,” the attorneys general who led the lawsuit, from the states of New York, California, North... Continue Reading

September 7th, 2023
How’s your garden doing?
September 6th, 2023

For vegetable gardeners, August and September are when harvest occurs and you see the fruits, or rather the vegetables, of your labors. The star of my gardening efforts this year is the raspberries. Years ago at my local co-op, I bought a pot of raspberries, one of my favorite foods. It grew into this wonderful patch. The record for raspberries has been 22 pints; this year my raspberry patch produced 25 pints. They’re all beautifully lined up in my refrigerator. The green beans also were outstanding. I just picked and cooked my third or fourth batch. The cucumbers were small and I only... Continue Reading

September 6th, 2023
Best wishes on Labor Day
September 4th, 2023

Whether you’re celebrating at a picnic, barbecue, rally, football game, or work, happy Labor Day. Sunday I went to our local Olympia Harbor Days celebration that’s always scheduled for Labor Day weekend. It was cloudy, so my photos aren’t as good as the years where there’s nice blue sky. Thankfully, we had only a sprinkle of rain. I wore my raincoat, but didn’t have my rain hood or umbrella. On Labor Day, I’m thankful for unions and their history of helping working people. I benefited from union membership when I worked for state government. I’m glad these days more young people... Continue Reading

September 4th, 2023
Bloggers look at the past and to the future as summer comes to an end
September 4th, 2023

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on organizing my historical family photos. About 10 years ago, I had around 200 photos scanned. I named and dated about a third of them. The rest are numbered. I paused the project until I could buy a good scanner so I could scan the rest of the photos myself. Now that I have one, I need to name and date the photos I had scanned earlier and scan probably several hundred more. The next step is making a family record. Should we use Ancestry.com? MyHeritage? Archives? Or, should we use FamilySearch, a free site owned and funded by The Church of Jesus Christ... Continue Reading

September 4th, 2023
Facts and figures for Labor Day 2023
September 2nd, 2023
Facts And Figures For Labor Day 2023 &Raquo; 2023 Labor Day By The Numbers V9

Labor Day these days is all about beaches, barbecues, games such as baseball, football, and volleyball, and shopping. It’s also a great weekend for travel. This year, 57 percent of Americans plan to travel for Labor Day weekend, more than 150 million will enjoy a barbecue or picnic, and thousands will attend a college football game. While Labor Day is seen as a fun holiday, it’s also important to remember and celebrate the origins of the special day. The holiday’s roots can be traced back to the streets of 1880s New York City, where rival union leaders joined forces to protest the unfair... Continue Reading

September 2nd, 2023
What to do when your home owners insurance is canceled or jumps in cost
August 30th, 2023

Big storms across the country brought on by climate change are causing havoc. You may have received a notice from your insurer dropping your home insurance policy. Or, unexpected surges in the cost of your coverage can put a strain on your budget especially in these days of inflation. This is stressful as not having the right amount and type of insurance can make your home more difficult to sell. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers the following suggestions for homeowners facing new decisions about insurance, often with limited time to consider complicated options. Choosing insurance Your... Continue Reading

August 30th, 2023