Four Ways to Say Thanks to Tradesmen on National Tradesmen Day

If you’ve ever experienced a flooded home from a busted hose on a washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator, you know the indescribable feeling of relief when a tradesman shows up at your door.

Without hesitation, skilled tradesmen work in all weather conditions and often in the most undesirable places – like a muddy basement or crawl space – to repair the faulty water line and remove damaged insulation and flooring before mold and mildew set in.

Tradesmen replace your initial panic with confidence that your largest personal investment will retain its value. Yet, why do we not openly recognize these humble and often underappreciated men and women who make it their life’s work to save and restore our homes?

New Social Movement Seeks to Replenish Purchasing Power

The 99 percent has watched gas prices follow a perpetual climb that has left consumers wallowing at the pump. By the beginning of April, the national average was $3.92. Though it’s since fallen about 18 cents for most regions, the west coast is still staring at billboards offering $4.37 a gallon.

Fuel isn’t the only cost crippling middle-class Americans. While the consumer price index (CPI) may be relatively unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Wall Street Journal says core inflation is rising – and the Federal Reserve can’t ignore that for long.

New Movement Picks Up Where Occupy Wall Street Trails Off

Occupy Wall Street’s most recent push, “May Day,” exemplifies the crux of the protest: it’s a great forum to express widespread discontent about financial issues, but less adept at affecting bona fide change between giant corporations and average consumers.

Critics of the movement tend to call it politically dangerous and radical, like pollster Doug Schoen in the Wall Street Journal. On the other hand, President Obama is embracing a 2012 platform crusading for the 99 percent against the presumptive GOP nominee.

New Website Caters to News Junkies, Political Right

For those political junkies that can’t seem to get their fill of what’s happening inside the Beltway, a new website may be just enough to satisfy.

Armstrong Williams, a self-described conservative columnist, television and radio host and political activist recently launched www.rightsidewire.com. The site, Williams says, will offer full feature stories, opinions and commentary, well as fresh insight and perspectives from not only his niche audience (the Republican right or the African American minority perspective), but from all voices of society.

In addition, the website will allow for social media interaction, daily blogs from contributors, the latest articles and links on current trends and culture, and live streams of his radio and television shows.