Small Business in America| What’s happening on Main Street?

What’s happening on Main Street, USA? Small Business has always been, is, and always will be, the backbone of America. In the May 2020 issue of the Connector, Barbara Lloyd McMichael zeroes in on the local effects of a global pandemic by examining Kent, WA as a case study. Kent’s current efforts to grapple with the Covid-19 meltdown is a microcosm of what is happening in communities across America.


The Coronavirus Cassandra: Are You Listening?

The Coronavirus Cassandra:  Are You Listening? A Pulitzer Prize winning public health journalist who predicted the coronavirus pandemic is warning us now about the “collective rage” yet to come.  So, how will we respond? The only way to avoid “collective rage” is with collective change.  

 


At Home with De Hooch

Week five of the shutdown. The initial dread and diversion has faded. The existential doubt rises up and we wonder about our basic survival- much as the first settlers of New Amsterdam did long ago when they first arrived here to start a trading outpost. The island of Manna-hatta has become a wild and empty place again and I feel the Dutch spirit rising up from beneath the asphalt.


Books We Love: Yonkers in the Twentieth Century

For anyone who is interested in the 20th Century history of Yonkers, this book is a must-read. Also, anyone who is interested in the history of American cities that have roots in an 18th Century colonial past and an industrial 19th Century past will also benefit.  Author Marilyn E. Weigold does a fine job of unfolding the city’s rich history which is rooted in the waves of immigrants who found their way to America to seek jobs with a good living wage and a safe place to raise their families. 


The Next President Must Harness the Virus Debt for Economic Growth

The Next President Must Harness the Virus Debt for Economic Growth.  Historic Levels of Unemployment Claims and Business Shutdowns Have Required the Greatest Surge in Government Debt Since WW II. 

 


How to Feed the World in a Pandemic

Coronavirus Victory Gardens: How to Feed the World in a Pandemic...The “biointensive” growing system, a modernized version of an ancient method, could provide a vast opportunity to employ idled workers and produce food.  


Books We Love: The Country Girls

I first discovered Edna O’Brien in a New Yorker article written by Emily Stokes February 26, 2018, covering her recent trip to New York City. (As distinguished from the controversial 2019 article written by Ian Parker.) 


Useful Tips for Winning Government Contracts

Securing contracts with local, state or federal government agencies can offer many benefits and advantages. These partnerships usually come with a strong degree of stability as governments are typically looking for long-term contracts and don’t change their vendors as frequently.