Wealth & Poverty Review

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Ritz Abundance

Joseph (Jake) Klein recently wrote a great article about Ritz Crackers. He notes that they were introduced in 1934 at a price of 19 cents for a one pound box. There are around 8.75 crackers per ounce so a 16-ounce box would yield around 140 of the tasty wafers. Ritz outsold every other cracker their first year on the market. Read More ›
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July 4 Has Always Been About Resisting Tyranny, and This Year Is No Exception

America is the only nation in human history that was completely born of noble and deeply spiritual principles: that all men are created equal, that they have been given by God certain rights that cannot be taken away by any man or earthly authority, and that those unalienable rights combine to create and protect a thing called freedom in life. As a result, Americans have always been free to pursue happiness, worship God, speak publicly about their views, and, of course, choose their leaders. Read More ›

Washington State Needs the Private Sector to Meet Urgent Housing Needs

The Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board recently released a “Housing Advisory Plan” to address what it describes as an “urgent crisis” of needed affordable housing options in the state. According to the plan, there is only one affordable housing unit available for every five households in need (for those at or below 50-percent of median family income (MFI)). Read More ›
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Bellevue Landlord Attempts to Confront Squatter at Workplace

With King County courts behind more than 2,000 eviction cases, Bellevue mom & pop landlord Jaskaran Singh is now going nuclear. Over the weekend, he tried to confront his deadbeat tenant at her workplace, but the owner of Forever You Aesthetic called the cops on protestors. Read More ›

Violent Evictions and the Anarchists of Reddit

Last spring, a tenant named “Eucytus” fired at deputies while barricaded in the apartment and then died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Seattle detective David Easterly was critically injured by a gunshot wound during the incident. In a statement that feels grossly oversimplified, Housing Justice Project Attorney Edmund Witter said of the barricade-suicide-eviction, “Evictions for nonpayment of rent are preventable with more support and the right programs.” Read More ›
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Accusers Confront Steve Hickey After Fire Commissioner’s Board Meeting

A former secretary is now stepping forward and saying King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey installed locks for his very own fire district, even though his Meridian Build Group had its construction license suspended by the state. Some of his alleged victims also confronted him after Tuesday night's Fire Commissioner's board meeting in Ravensdale. So did I. Read More ›