Robert “Tino” Sonora


Federal shutdown puts the hurting on U.S. economy

Well, after a short “sabbatical” from writing this column, it’s time to put to paper recent follies. While it may be tempting to, once again, berate our fearless leaders over recent events in...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

EU welcomes my summer home – well, sort of

A common theme of mine during the last couple of years is the growing disconnect between economic policy, politics and the economy. This juxtaposition is more prevalent where I currently am –...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Cause and effect in a changing economic world

Some things don’t really cross one’s mind too frequently. For example, just how does Jell-O get that wobbly consistency? Or what if Genghis Khan were a vegetarian? Similarly, in the United States,...

DATE: May 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

The dismal science is an inexact thing

Hot on the heels of my last column about statistics gone awry, a new “scandal” has gripped the economics profession. I refer to the recent revelations of a graduate student’s finding that two of...

DATE: April 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Don’t believe every economic study you see

Suppose you went to your doctor’s office with a broken arm. The doctor tells you you’re in luck because there’s some recent research about healing broken bones.She tells you this research...

DATE: March 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Economic free association leads to debt woes

Well, I thought I’d experiment with a little stream of consciousness this month.There is too much economic data available anymore. Remember in the 1970s, when Louis Rukeyser was host of “Wall...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Here are some economic things to wish for in 2013

Happy New Year. Like many, I find it is a good time to reflect on the year passed and make resolutions for the upcoming year.First, let’s be thankful the 2012 presidential election is over. We have...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Local economic statistics looking a bit brighter

Now that the election is over - but not politics - maybe it’s time to reflect on the health of the local economy.And the news is looking positive.Beginning with labor markets, average unemployment...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Whole wide world watches when we pick a president

I’ve had the pleasure of being in Spain for the last month, we all have our cross to bear, which has provided me with a couple of dividends.First, I’ve escaped all the last-minute rhetoric,...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Economics help explain cycling’s doping scandal

Well, after almost 20 years of wondering, now we all know.We know that there is a mountain of allegations that Lance Armstrong doped. Allegations were started by the United States Anti-Doping...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Nation emerges the biggest loser in war on taxes

Do you like to pay taxes?Because if you don’t, I guess you don’t like what taxes buy: roads, defense, education, health care, retirement, farm insurance and subsidies, a clean environment and low...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Smart investing in an uncertain stock market

By Richard GoreInvesting your hard-earned money in the stock market is, to some extent, a gamble. We buy stock, bonds or some other investment with the goal of increasing our wealth. However, there...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

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