Some Common Cents for August 19th, 2016

August 19, 2016, by John Norris

I have watched the Olympics with some regularity over the last two weeks, and will be sorry when they are over this weekend. It has been a nice break from what passes as prime time entertainment these days, even if NBC makes it a nightly habit of serving up heaping helpings of schmaltz. However, you can’t please everyone. One of the things that fascinates me is the individual economic impact of winning a medal. For...

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Fast food, high wages equals mixed results

August 17, 2015, by John Norris

I know you have written on the topic in the past, but New York recently passed a law mandating a $15-an-hour minimum wage in the fast food industry. Will this gather steam across the country, and will it be good for workers? Gov. Andrew Cuomo skirted parliamentary procedure, and appointed a wage board to make such a recommendation to the acting commissioner for labor. In turn, this person will authorize it for the fast food...

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Some Common Cents for Aug 14th 2015

August 14, 2015, by John Norris

This week, I read a column written by a man by the name of Cass Sunstein. This man is very much a political policy wonk, and let’s just say I don’t ordinarily agree with what he has to say, scratch the ordinarily. We simply have differing world views, and, you know, that is okay. However, I read differing opinions when digesting news, so I can have a better understanding of what other people think. In...

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Some Common Cents for 2015 – Happy New Year!

January 2, 2015, by John Norris

Since it is New Year’s Eve, I have decided to jot down a few predictions for 2015. Please keep in mind, predictions are as good as the money you pay for them. So, since this is technically a free newsletter, take them with good humor and more than a pinch of salt...Read On... The opinions expressed within this report are those of John Norris as of the initial publication of this blog. They are subject...

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Some Common Cents for June 27th 2014

June 30, 2014, by John Norris

A few weeks ago, when the noise at the house was a notch below a roar, I needed to have a laugh or two to keep my hair from falling out. So, I did what I sometimes do in those situations, and went to The Onion’s website. For those of you not familiar with The Onion, it is a satirical website and publication, which spoofs contemporary society in an all too realistic manner. To that...

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Common Cents for November 30, 2012

December 6, 2012, by John Norris

Yesterday, I read an article on CNNMoney.com by a certain Emily Jane Fox. The headline caught my eye: “McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King Workers Protest in NYC.” I love reading about a good protest as much as the next person, if for no other reason than to wonder at the thought process behind it. Not surprisingly, it seems fast food workers want to make more money in New York. But, who doesn’t want to make more...

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