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Residential housing activity: Small fish in a big pond

Historically, America’s residential housing start and building permit data were reliable indicators of future economic activity at the national level. The pace of housing production had a major impact on the overall economy because the value of new construction and the incomes generated by that industry were large relative to the overall economy.

July 27, 2015

Something gained, something lost

When telephones snapped their tether a couple of decades ago and went wireless, we were able to travel freely around our house or office while conversing. We gained freedom of movement. We also often lost our phones, because we would put them down wherever we were when the call was over, and forgot where that was.

July 24, 2015

It’s about time to meter groundwater wells

Water flows downhill. It’s a basic reality now playing out 500 feet below the surface of California’s farmland from the fertile Central Valley to the citrus orchards of Riverside and San Diego counties.

July 24, 2015

Training the millennial generation

Baby boomers are retiring from the workforce at a record pace. There are not enough seasoned employees to replace them from the succeeding age group — Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980. Gen X workers will fill just half of the available openings. The rest will be filled by the millennial generation, people born after 1980.

July 24, 2015

The Greeks had a word for it

We have all heard this expression before — the Greeks had a word for it — primarily because Greek was the first universal language and became the root of many other languages over the centuries. Now the Greeks need a word to define their economic crisis. Here are a few of my suggestions.

July 23, 2015

Trump should run for president

Donald Trump should run for president of the United States. I can hardly wait until he begins in earnest.

July 23, 2015

How to find your missing power

Perhaps the most powerful principle Napoleon Hill wrote about, and certainly the most enduring, is the ninth step toward riches: “Power of the Master Mind.”

July 22, 2015

Medical monsters vs. life-giving angels

Another week, another money-grubbing Planned Parenthood baby-parts harvester exposed.

July 22, 2015
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