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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: Banking giants: Too big to fail ... or control

By Jack Markowitz 12:01 a.m.
What is it with this country’s largest banks, the “too big to fail” crowd? Take your eyes off them for awhile, and they’re up to mischief again. Even criminal mischief, not just collective stupidity, as when they brought on ...

Markowitz: Trail of American history a pleasant jaunt

By Jack Markowitz
Americans love their country and revere the countrymen who shaped its history. So don’t knock patriotism as a market. It’s a subset of a $1.5 trillion,  7-million-job industry: travel and hospitality. Want to see where George Washington lived or ...

Markowitz: Socialist Sanders is right on cutting down to size too-big-to-fail banks

By Jack Markowitz
Who says no good idea ever comes from a socialist? Bernie Sanders has a good idea, and he’s an avowed “democratic socialist.” He’s also a U.S. senator from Vermont, officially an Independent but caucusing with Democrats. And oh yes, he’s ...

Hot air aplenty in climate documentary

By Jack Markowitz
You aren’t going to stand there and claim that man-made global warming is a hoax, are you, knucklehead? It’s in this spirit of gentle persuasion that the latest anti-Big Business documentary just blew through town. Titled “Merchants of Doubt,” it’s ...

Maybe it’s time to teach to the job market

By Jack Markowitz
If tomorrow is like every other May Day, you’ll hear a lot about worker rights. But why not worker smarts, too? This year more than most, the complaints grow louder about income inequality, the “income gap.” Such a flaw, we’re ...

Bold ideas could open way to presidency

By Jack Markowitz
Politicians who’d like to boost the economy as well as become president might take a lead from Richard Nixon. Didn’t it take Tricky Dick to open the way to China precisely because he never could be called “soft on communism”? In ...

Markowitz: It never hurts to brace for days of reckoning

By Jack Markowitz
Let’s have a little respect for doomsday, please. Give it a place in your thinking. The stock market might fall and the oceans rise. Iran may get the Bomb. Out of control immigration, as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R. Ala., wrote ...

Markowitz: Income tax has 1 redeeming quality

By Jack Markowitz
The income tax season should not be allowed to pass without celebration. For the law-abiding citizen, few acts bring as much seasonal satisfaction as sending the income tax off to the Internal Revenue Service with a patriotic murmur of ...

Markowitz: Starbucks should have stuck to its coffees

By Jack Markowitz
An eminent Seattle businessman had great intentions. He wanted to spur a national discussion on a subject of importance: race relations. Trouble is, the main conversation he stirred up was about the ham-handed way he went about it. What could have ...

Slow and steady paid big dividends for Irving Kahn

By Jack Markowitz
Follow your instincts, we’re often told. But not in the stock market, Irving Kahn might add. “Human beings have precisely the wrong instincts when it comes to the markets,” Kahn told a British magazine just last year. (He was still ...

Markowitz: Casino layoffs at odds with building craze

By Jack Markowitz
The house always wins, it’s often said of the gambling industry. But how about when the house is overbuilt? Casino gambling — or “gaming,” as the operators and their political enablers like to call it — looks like a ...

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