The Soapbox: May 2007

Are We Really #1?

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Americans love being #1. Just watch any sporting event—high school, college or pro—and you will see team members and fans flashing the big #1 sign with their forefinger whenever the camera zooms past them. Obviously, not every team in... (Read More)
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The FDA has a mandate to make sure all drugs (prescription and OTCs) are “safe and effective.” This is the law. The only trouble is that FDA’s definition of ‘safe’ is hard to get a handle on. The feds routinely... (Read More)
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 Have you ever bought a car? Did you pay full sticker price or did you bargain with the dealer? Most people realize that the price is negotiable. If you drive a hard bargain, you can often save thousands of dollars... (Read More)
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It’s all about greed. Pet food manufacturers figured out that they could save money by buying ingredients from China. The Chinese figured out that they could get a higher price for wheat gluten if they added melamine. That’s because this... (Read More)