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The Great(er) Depression
Back in the year 2000, I was a tiny speck among the hordes of new financial advisors hired during the tech bubble. Our job was to pitch financial stuff to adoring clients. Of course the tech bubble promptly popped, and those clients weren't so adoring any more... This was a perfect time for me to fall back on my training:

"Buy and hold!!!! Make your clients hang on! It's always the right thing to do!

When the markets give you lemons, keep eating those lemons with gusto!"

As it turns out, that was exactly the right advice, as the markets eventually recovered those losses - and investors who hung on were rewarded. The same story repeated itself during the financial crisis. Many stock investors lost 50 percent of their account value - and some of those people gave up on stocks. But those who hung on reaped the benefits of "buy and hold" once again. In fact, every single time the markets have tumbled, the best bet was to hang onto stocks for the long haul, and wait patiently for the recovery.

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Education vs Propaganda?
I'm an evolutionism-inclined agnostic, but I trusted my kids (and do trust my grandkids) to be smart enough and objective enough not to let any particular church nor any faction of public education convince them it has the closed, last word on any issue. And call me crazy, but I don't fear my progeny will somehow become intellectually corrupted by alternative thoughts, as evolutionists seem to dread, so I don't feel driven to keep the kids sheltered from exposure to those alternative thoughts.
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Senator Parlette's news from Olympia
Getting help for wildfire relief

In my previous column I mentioned how Sen. Maria Cantwell had come to Okanogan County, to meet with local officials and see some of the wildfire damage, shortly after we had talked on the phone. She toured the area with Congressman Doc Hastings, and within days, they along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert sent a letter asking President Obama to issue a disaster declaration so wildfire victims could seek federal assistance.

This past week I sent a letter of my own to multiple folks in Washington, D.C., making the case for assistance to individuals and families affected by the wildfires.

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