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 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 7, 2021 

Squishmallows

You may remember Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Ponies, and the ubiquitous Beanie Babies. According to their ads, “Squishmallows plush toys are here to fill your hearts with love and affection....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 30, 2021

Pants

Shorts have become a year-round fashion trend but pants are the preferred Winter wear for most. Trousers are available in flannel, wool, corduroy, chino and, the perennial favorite, jeans. When it...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 23, 2021

Unknown soldier

One of the most famous monuments in Washington, D.C. is the tomb of the unknown soldier. It will be good to review how this memorial came to be and why it carries such significance in the history of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 16, 2021

Car sounds

What sound should an electric car make? Hybrids have an onboard gas engine that idles and revs but plug-in electrics, the wave of the future, lack internal combustion and are eerily silent. Now that...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 9, 2021

Buy and sell

Bartering has gone on for millennia and it is even more fascinating today as the internet furnishes values for almost any item you can name. The late Lee Haley said, “Do your homework.” It is...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 2, 2021

Advertising

“Who loves you Oklahoma,” and my favorite, “We won’t mess you over a few dollars,” are advertising slogans that catch your attention. Discovering what works and what doesn’t is the job of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 26, 2021

Covid-19 vs Science

After a 29-year career teaching science in the public schools, I had come to terms with the Creation vs. Science dilemma and when Covid-19 struck, I was convinced that it would be “Science to the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 19, 2021

Lithium

The manufacturing strength of a country was once measured in its use of sulfuric acid. The measure today is in lithium. Increasing in use as the core ingredient in rechargeable batteries, it is found...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 12, 2021

Bankruptcy

It would seem obvious that due to Covid there would be more bankruptcies in 2020 than the year before. The American Bankruptcy Institute claims there were 35% fewer. Was it stimulus money or the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 5, 2021

Social Security

Social security is a subject that always ends with thoughts about when it will run out. That time has come. Starting this year, the costs will exceed the income. It’s a fairly simple program of...

 

Tax season

Tax season was extended last year due to the pandemic and the deadline postponed. If you waited on a refund, it may not have come until November but this year things are back on schedule. There are...

 

Buy here, pay here

When you watch network television, and thanks to Covid and weather, we’re watching a lot more, you know it is fueled by commercials. Love them or hate them, they make it all possible with the Super...

 

Non-alcoholic beer

Beer choices were once limited to Budweiser, Coors, Miller and Pabst Blue Ribbon. That’s what you found on the shelf at convenience stores 50 years ago. Now we have all sorts of craft beers but...

 

Great Britain

If you follow international news, you know that Great Britain has been planning to leave the European Union since 2016. Brexit, as it came to be called, finally took place on Dec. 31 last year. Great...

 

Gross domestic product

Should we be worried about the national debt? Thanks to Covid-19 and the stimulus checks, issued and forthcoming, we can’t just print more money. The stimulus for individuals and grants for...

 

Gut check

“Dysbiosis, an imbalance of gut bacteria, has been linked to more than 70 chronic diseases” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I jokingly tell people I can remember high school but not what I had for lunch...

 

Tinnitus

Buzzing, clicking, whooshing or chirping in your ears sound familiar? You are suffering from tinnitus. One in seven people worldwide experience some form of it and it can be constant or intermittent....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 8, 2021

Elon Musk

If you don’t recognize the name, you may recognize the fame. Elon Musk has established himself as a leader in electric car technology, taking the Tesla name from anonymity to notoriety and the new...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 1, 2021

Today's electric cars

When the mainstream includes a new Electric Mustang, you can see the future of the car. Technology that formerly trickled down to the masses, now floods the economy and electric cars have reached...

 

Debt relief

When the pandemic struck, we found ourselves in an economic turndown that fortunately has affected other parts of the country more than ours. While some businesses closed indefinitely, others were...

 

Duesenberg Motor Company

Duesenberg Motor Company, founded in 1913 by brothers August and Fredrick Duesenberg, built racing and luxury cars. The brothers were self-taught engineers who built many experimental cars, race cars...

 

Covid-19 vaccine

Widespread immunity is the goal of the Covid-19 vaccines in the healthcare pipeline. FDA emergency-use authorization (EUA) will be invoked in the near future, with administration limited to health...

 

Great lakes

In 1959 we drove the “Family Truckster” to Evanston, Illinois, to visit Great Aunt Daisy. She lived on the shore of Lake Michigan, just a few blocks from Northwestern University. It was a big deal...

 

Hot or cold drinks

Hot and cold drinks and the companies that manufacture them have kept them in separate worlds, the market shared by Coke and Pepsi with Dr Pepper a distant third. Notice the Dr doesn’t have a period...

 

LRAD

The federal government threatened to use an unorthodox method to disperse the Black Lives Matter protesters at the White House this summer. Sonic Warfare. I am aware of concussion grenades used by...

 

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