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Robert “Tino” Sonora

Email: sonora_t@fortlewis.edu

Euro 2012 filled with soccer, economic irony

The Euro 2012 Soccer Championship is finishing up the first round of matches. As I am currently teaching in Croatia, I am naturally following the home team as it negotiates its path to the...

DATE: June 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

When politicians talk economics, buyers beware

Now that the Republican primaries are almost over, we must steel ourselves against an onslaught of political propaganda. Much of what will be said is outside my purview, but given that pundits...

DATE: April 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Some economic clouds look to be parting

Well, this column is a continuation of last month’s soothsaying.Trying to write the column on a cellphone and sending it via the same while sitting in a doctor’s office for a broken hand led to a...

DATE: March 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Guess what? The trends in economic data show improvement

I hope you are all seated.After months and years of feeling like an Oracle of Doom, I think I have some positives to relay. And I’ve been waiting to wander down from Delphi to spread the good...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Despite campaign talk, free markets no longer exist

Over the course of the interminable Republican presidential campaign, I think Mitt Romney has been at it since 2007. A theme of the candidates and Obama’s has been increasing competition in the...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Familiar picture presented in 2012 for local economy

Economists like to use the phrase “ceteris paribus” – “all things being equal.” As in “gas prices are rising with continued unrest in the Middle East, ceteris paribus.”Of course, this ignores other...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Politicians bicker and wages stall – happy New Year

Well, hasn’t it been an interesting year? There has been some decent news, but nothing to write home about.For those not keeping track, let me peruse some indicators of economic health.The national...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Housing looking better, but it’s not the full story

We’ve recently had some OK local economic news. Real estate appears to be recovering. Builders are feeling confident enough to start spec homes for would-be buyers, and between September and...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Great Recession leaves an ugly jobs picture

A recent short paper sponsored by the Levy Institute at Bard College called “Not Your Father’s Recession” demonstrates that the current recession is very deep and unusual in modern economic...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

We seem to be adrift in a sea of economic data

Cast your mind back just a couple of decades ago. How much attention was paid to economic minutia? How many of you were aware of weekly jobless claims reports? The core rate of inflation? The...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Washington pols’ economic IQ not genius-level

In Washington, Congress and the president continue to play politics over the debt with scant knowledge of actual economics.This whole debt debate appears to exist solely to divert our attention...

DATE: July 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

Acronyms cannot spell economic relief

All of us have been battered by acronyms over the last four years. Since economic policymakers introduced TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), we’ve had ARRA, QE1 and QE2. We’ve heard about things...

DATE: May 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Our Economy

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