Finally, a common-sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action,” Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable — this is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure…More
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Finally, a common sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action”, Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable. This is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure systems…More
The final two words of Maxford Nelsen’s guest column on the minimum wage caught my attention, specifically the term “dreadful economics” [“Does increasing the minimum wage stimulate the economy?” Opinion, May 1] That pretty much defines the field of study of economics itself. This so-called social science attempts to apply the scientific method to…More
Columnist is cynical Rarely does Paul Krugman compliment any businessman or company for its success. [“Column: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer and the decline of e-empires,” Opinion, Aug. 27.] Microsoft was under brutal attack by the Justice Department only a couple of years ago. The result was the competitive forces of the mainly free marketplace leveled things out. Krugman…More
Simple supply-and-demand There is much consternation in Seattle over “living wages” for low-wage workers. [“Northwest Voices: Fast-food worker,” Opinion, Aug. 3.] Some people think these low-wage workers should, in essence, get off their bums and improve their own prospects. [“Northwest Voices: Fast-food restaurant wages,” Opinion, Aug. 2.] Others think employers should simply pay them more….More
Column was elitist, out-of-touch Sharon Pian Chan should be ashamed of her elitist, out-of-touch column [“Why you should not buy a house,” Opinion, July 1.] Her basic premise — that homeownership is a bad idea — may have some validity. Economists are free to debate that. However, she is way out of line in moaning about the…More