Author Archive of Waseniorlobby

It’s Never Too Soon To Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable. "It's no fun when you give up driving," she says. "I just have to say that." Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she was in her 80s when she noticed her eyesight declining. She got anxious driving on the highway, so decided to stop before her kids made the move for her. "I just told them I'd stop driving on my birthday — my 90th birthday — and I did. And

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Another Dad Joins Facebook — President Obama (and talks about global warming)

Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.) I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head

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Coal Giant Peabody Accused Of Misleading Investors About Climate Change Risks

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says coal giant Peabody Energy made false and misleading statements to investors about the financial risks it faces because of climate change. As part of an agreement with Schneiderman's office, the company has agreed to revise the disclosures it makes to investors about the risks in its quarterly report released today, and has promised to include the disclosures in future filings. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/09/455314374/coal-giant-peabody-accused-of-misleading-investors-about-climate-change-risks

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Keystone pipeline rejection means oil tankers could multiply in Strait of Juan de Fuca

President Obama’s decision Friday to reject the Keystone XL pipeline puts a fresh spotlight on other efforts to bring Canadian crude oil to market, including a $5.4 billion project to boost oil flows to British Columbia http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/keystone-pipeline-rejection-could-pack-strait-of-juan-de-fuca-with-oil-tankers/

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Social Security: A Safety Net for Older Americans

More than 40 million people in the United States are 65 or older. By 2035, the U.S. Census Bureau projects this number will double, which makes improving the quality of life for older Americans even more important as we look to the future. It is Social Security's priority to provide a safety net for older Americans. You can learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov. - See more at: http://www.agewisekingcounty.org/en/152/1/1095/Social-Security-A-Safety-Net-for-Older-Americans.htm#sthash.0UW9R8oD.dpuf

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The new Washington State Alzheimer’s Plan

The new Washington State Alzheimer's Plan was presented at the 2015 Fall Conference by Bob Le Roy, President and CEO , Alzheimer's Association; Lynne Korte, Dementia Care Program Director, Aging & Long-Term Support Administration, DSHS; and Senator Jeannie Darneille, 27th LD. To see the presentation, go to: October 28 2015 Alzheimer's Plan Presentation for Senior Lobby nn

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Wash. Voters Once Passed An Income Tax By A Wider Margin

Washington state’s tax system has long been heaped with insults. Lately, it’s been called a jalopy, a Ford Pinto and the worst in the country. http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-voters-once-passed-income-tax-wider-margin-vote-legal-booze

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Do Wash. State Tax Breaks Level The Playing Field Or Reward The Powerful?

In 1915, there were 20 tax exemptions on Washington's books. By 1935, there were nearly 80. Now, there are more than 600, roughly 450 of which would generate some revenue for the state if repealed, according to state revenue officials. (See a visual breakdown of these exemptions here.)     http://www.kplu.org/post/do-wash-state-tax-breaks-level-playing-field-or-reward-powerful

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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA

Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life -- schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks -- they truly belong to everyone."   https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/07/21/president-obama-celebrates-25-years-ada

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Revenue Reforms We Need To Build A Better Future For All Washingtonians

Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Washington State Budget & Policy Center, presented "Revenue Reforms We Need To Build A Better Future For All Washingtonians"    

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After Full Lives Together, More Older Couples Are Divorcing

Late-life divorce (also called “silver” or “gray” divorce) is becoming more common, and more acceptable. In 2014, people age 50 and above were twice as likely to go through a divorce than in 1990, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For those over 65, the increase was even higher. At the same time, divorce rates have plateaued or dropped among other age groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/your-money/after-full-lives-together-more-older-couples-are-divorcing.html?_r=0

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If 7 proposed projects are built, Northwest trains could carry 1M barrels of crude oil per day

Up to 1 million barrels of crude oil could move through the Northwest daily if all 15 proposed oil terminal projects are completed in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. That’s the conclusion of a just-completed update to a report by Seattle-based Sightline Institute, which has been monitoring the growth of oil train movements for some years. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/07/06/if-7-proposed-projects-are-built-northwest-trains.html

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TriMet chief: Need for new I-5 Bridge remains He says I-5 corridor still congested, may have gotten worse

It’s been 16 months since the Columbia River Crossing project office closed its doors for good. Is it time to revisit the failed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement effort? At least one leader in Portland thinks so. TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane told the Portland Tribune in an article published Thursday that he believes Washington and Oregon need to address a problem that didn’t go away when the CRC did. The I-5 corridor remains chronically

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Small nuke reactors: Search for site is planned

The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will begin searching for potential sites to  locate small modular reactors. That information came from a recent Energy Northwest blog entry. Energy Northwest is lined up to operate small modular reactors courts under a Northwest venture allied with the federal Department of Energy. The most likely manufacturing site is a half-built reactor located just north of Richland and near Energy Northwest’s

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As Workers Delay Retirement, Some Bosses Become More Flexible

Retiring, but Not All At Once Corliss Fanjoy is turning 65 this year, but she is not ready for retirement. And at a small handbag maker in Maine, where Mrs. Fanjoy spends her working hours cutting intricate patterns in leather, she is not alone. Most of her co-workers are over 55. One of them is her boss, Susan Nordman, 60, who bought the then-struggling company, Erda, based in Dexter, in 2013. She inherited a mostly older work force; Ms. Nordman

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Let Older Americans Keep Working

EVERY day, 10,000 baby boomers — Americans born from 1946 to 1964 — leave the work force. Most of them have not saved enough for retirement; at least one-fifth have basically no retirement savings. Our economy has a shortage of skilled workers. Keeping older Americans on the job therefore benefits everyone: It is crucial to maintaining economic growth, and it will help the boomers to preserve and increase their savings if longevity continues

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Editorial: Drought put new facet on U.S.-Canada river treaty

Were they not choking on the smoke from the region’s wildfires, our neighbors in British Columbia might be enjoying a measure of satisfaction from the challenges extreme drought have presented to those of us who live south of the 49th parallel. As Becky Kramer reported in the Aug. 9 Spokesman-Review, many living in the province’s interior have not forgotten what was taken from them when President Dwight Eisenhower and Canada Premier John Diefenbaker

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As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage

As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region’s most precious resources — wild salmon — might disappear.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/as-salmon-vanish-in-the-dry-pacific-northwest-so-does-native-heritage/2015/07/30/2ae9f7a6-2f14-11e5-8f36-18d1d501920d_story.html?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections

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Medicare & Medicaid Celebrate 50 years!

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic health coverage programs for Americans, the programs have evolved over the years to provide more Americans with improved access to quality and affordable health care coverage. These programs have transformed the delivery

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Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ushered into existence 50 years ago by Everett's Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, the conservation fund has more than proved itself with annual success stories that have safeguarded natural areas and water resources,

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