The Season of Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Man

I love our holidays.  My favorites are Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and these winter holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have a lot in common: feelings of gratitude, grace, good will, forgiveness, kindness, generosity, and LOVE. All shared with family, friends, neighbors, communities. I love how we experience them.  Traveling, cooking (and dining!), singing, worshipping,… Continue reading The Season of Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Man

WA State: Long-Term Care is Really Acting Up!

After many months of Washingtonians voicing their concern with the new long-term care tax in the state, it seems the message has finally been heard. Read on for an update from Dr. Schweitzer. “With only a week left before the Long Term Care Act de-facto income tax goes into effect on most employees working in… Continue reading WA State: Long-Term Care is Really Acting Up!

INFLATION: The Hidden Tax

We’re feeling the effects of inflation now, in energy (price at the pump), groceries, and virtually everything.  Our heating bills are likely to be way up this winter, especially for gas and fuel oil users. How did inflation “happen” to us?  Milton Friedman said repeatedly and emphatically that inflation is always and only a monetary… Continue reading INFLATION: The Hidden Tax

Opening Day Woe and Initiative Weal: Washington State LTC Opt-Out a Bust, But Initiative Gathers Steam

For months, Washington employees have been waiting to file for exemption from the WA Cares Fund. For months, it was said that the online exemption tool would launch October 1, 2021. And so far, Washington employees will continue to wait. The online tool is not working, and at present there is no estimation for when… Continue reading Opening Day Woe and Initiative Weal: Washington State LTC Opt-Out a Bust, But Initiative Gathers Steam

Defending Free Choice

A letter from Dr. Ed Schweitzer, President and Founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories August 18, 2021 I established www.fairfreeflatopen.com this morning to fulfill a particular need to defend our freedom to choose insurance options regarding long-term care. In 2019, Washington state voters voted 63 to 37 percent to repeal the Long-Term Care Act. This was… Continue reading Defending Free Choice

Gas, Gas Bans, and Gas Ban Bans: Do We Really Want Politicians Designing Our Energy Systems?

Cities across the country, Spokane included, want to forbid us from using natural gas in our homes, schools, and businesses. Washington State legislators and regulators are pushing statewide bans, in parallel tracks. Mark Twain said the past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. Inventors and investors sought and created ways of providing illumination. Beef… Continue reading Gas, Gas Bans, and Gas Ban Bans: Do We Really Want Politicians Designing Our Energy Systems?

Scarier Than COVID: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Yesterday, September 9, President Biden said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was drafting a rule mandating that all businesses with 100 or more workers require their employees to either get vaccinated against the coronavirus or face mandatory weekly testing. That move would affect some 80 million workers.  I am a long-time supporter of… Continue reading Scarier Than COVID: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

The Importance of Choosing to Get Vaccinated, If You Can

Dear all: We’re grateful for the scientific breakthroughs, the logistic miracles of production and distribution, and the dedication of our medical professionals. All teamed up to get many folks the immunity they need to better fight and survive the nearly continuous stream of – and likely continued evolution of – COVID variations. Around 70% of… Continue reading The Importance of Choosing to Get Vaccinated, If You Can

Empathy is Nonpartisan

Dear all: As the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center approaches, I’m really struggling, thinking, and processing. We seem to have made things worse for ourselves over the past 20 years. At home, we’re having arguments over masks and shots, defunding the police, canceling people. And, we’re debasing our own currency,… Continue reading Empathy is Nonpartisan