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Retired business editor Jack Markowitz writes Thursdays. Jack Markowitz can be reached via e-mail or at 412-380-8551

Markowitz: Health care runaround has grown old

By Jack Markowitz
It’s April in November! Dining room tables are laden with papers demanding attention. There are forms to fill out and a filing deadline. But wait! It’s not income tax time. It’s time for seniors citizens to make decisions about their ...

Markowitz: No rush for gold buyers, sellers (just yet)

By Jack Markowitz
Gold and silver dealer Eddie Lowy is glad he has low overhead these days. Buyers “have disappeared off the face of the earth,” said Lowy, a Downtown dealer who owns Banner Coin Exchange. And sellers? Anyone inclined to bring ...

Ideology, dole crushes incentive to work

By Jack Markowitz
Is government policy ruining the next generation of workers, by practically “training” them not to work? An eminent British social critic raises this terrible consequence of modern “compassionate” government. Anthony Daniels is talking about the United Kingdom, ...

Markowitz: No putting a mask on this economic mess

By Jack Markowitz
Is that a witch in front of the moon? Or a stock market bear? Halloween is tomorrow, and the economy is a haunted house. The richest country on earth is one of the deepest in debt. Market freedoms ...

Let’s remember personal responsibility

By Jack Markowitz
Meet the Compassionate Exception. He or she is a media icon of our time. Always in the news, in one form or another, the person or family — or class of people, such as the lowest-income 10 percent — ...

Markowitz: Prudent approach best in volatile market

By Jack Markowitz
It’s back again, a scary stock market. For most investors, though (not day traders), a bit of sensible advice is also back again: Hang on. Yes, taking a profit in some of your holdings makes sense instead of riding ...

Markowitz: D’Souza will make ‘counseling’ pay off

By Jack Markowitz
Dinesh D’Souza came from India as an immigrant youth and stayed to stick up for American free enterprise, for freedom in general, like few others. He’s written books and made movies about what he sees as so special — ...

Dumpster-diner’s point on food waste valid but not a solution

By Jack Markowitz
Bob Greenfield is bicycling across the country again. Maybe he’s coming to a Dumpster near you. Greenfield is a crusader against waste, and who better to pin it on than Americans? The usual hard time we’re given is over energy. ...

GE: American icon bends to global reality

By Jack Markowitz
Who but a stockholder or jobholder ought to care if General Electric sells its appliance business to another big company? But there it is; we do care. It’s a brand name, part of America. Somehow it’s “ours.” Soon ...

Markowitz: Gentrification means taking bad with good

By Jack Markowitz
Gentrification: The word reeks of disapproval. It means rich people moving into poor neighborhoods and making them better. This ought to be universally welcomed. But there’s a downside. As property values rise, poor folks can’t afford to live there. They ...

Chick-fil-A founder stayed true to values

By Jack Markowitz
A captain of industry left us the other day, the kind of creative capitalist you hope America never stops producing. S. Truett Cathy didn’t seem like an Andrew Carnegie, because Carnegie’s industry was familiarly heavy, steel. Cathy’s was the ...

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