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7 Things That Cost MORE In 2017

With every passing year, we all know that inflation goes up and stuff costs more and more. I mean, penny candy is now like five cents, right? Anyway, I digress.

Even with inflation, here are a few things that you need to pay close attention to and even budget for because these will be among the highest price increases in 2017.


Uh oh, say it ain’t so! Consumers across the globe are drinking more caffeine, and that demand is pushing prices to all-time highs. So don’t be surprised when your favorite morning up costs 10-14% higher this year. Those prices are unlikely to fall soon, given that consumption has exceeded production for the past two years

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Premiums and deductibles for health insurance are going up for both those who buy their insurance through the public exchanges and those who get their insurance through work. Exchange premiums are rising an average of 25 percent, and employer-provided insurance is going up between 10 percent and 24 percent. There are vouchers available for those who qualify to help lower the out-of-pocket amount.


The U.S. gets most of its olive oil from Italy, where pests and weather decreased olive oil production this year by as much as half, and Spain, which increased olive oil production, but not enough to meet global demand. After a Greek olive oil boom in 2016, Greece also is expecting a smaller olive oil harvest because of weather conditions. The overall shortage means that olive oil prices are expected to increase this year.


Here we go. While price increases are occurring for all brand-name drugs, the hikes in specialty drugs are driving the trend. They’re projected to increase 18.7 percent this year.COCONUT PRODUCTS

While the popularity of coconut products like coconut water, coconut milk, and coconut oil has increased, the number of Caribbean coconut plantations has decreased by 17% since 1994 because of drought, storms, and disease, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization. A recent Bloomberg article noted that coconut oil prices have already increased by 50% in the past year, and a impending coconut shortage will spike the prices of your favorite coconut products even more.


As low gas and a strong economy has more people driving, the likelihood of getting into an accident has also risen, pushing up the cost of auto insurance this year by nearly 10 percent. Those factors aren’t likely to change next year, which means insurance costs should continue to rise.


Expectations that the Federal Reserve will finally resume raising interest rates, combined with an economic plan from President-elect Donald Trump that includes less regulation and lots of infrastructure spending, has economists at Deusche Bank projecting rate increases. Interest rates for short-term Treasuries shot up after Trump’s election, selling at their highest level in eight years.


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-- Attorney Roy Miller’s tour gives a new perspective to the racist theories of sociologists and philosophers –

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Nationwide -- Attorney Roy Miller plans to tour educational institutions and events to describe his conceptual assessment about power, racism and poverty. The tour evolved from his race relations lecture series at Fort Valley State University and Mercer University. The purpose of the upcoming tour is to add a Black perspective to the theories of sociologists and philosophers. Miller will explain his Faucet of Social Opportunity Theory that he disclosed to on September 28, 2016.

“I like to read different theories because it allows me to somewhat have a conversation with the author and add my viewpoint about the topic, such as certain sociological perspectives given by Mary Anderson, W.E.B. Du Bois and Aguste Comte, the father of Sociology and the founder of Positivism. Listening to people you respect can be helpful in learning and understanding,” said Miller, a recognized authority on race relations. He believes behaviors such as racism and Black-on-Black violence are not the root of the problem, but are what grows out of that root.

Under the Faucet of Social Opportunity “division occurs when only some people can drink while others could die of thirst.” In other words, some people are given plentiful opportunities by those in power while there is a decrease in opportunities for others. The wealthy and powerful who control the Faucet of Social Opportunity may turn it on so everyone can drink, thereby bringing about good social behavior, or turn it down for some causing bad social behavior by those who are deprived. The latter situation disturbs unity of the group as a whole and creates division. Those in power, who regulate the flow of the faucet, may believe deprivation for some is necessary to create division so as to control the masses. The idea is to let people fight each other, not them.

According to Miller, "In looking at racism, we find that some working class people of one race may become angry and hateful toward working class people of another race for myriad reasons, often based on racial stereotypes. That anger and division is predictable to those who control the Faucet of Social Opportunity."

Miller continues, "We do, indeed, have a serious problem with race relations here in America. Just as a cold left untreated could turn into flu and then pneumonia, a single race-related incident could turn into widespread racial animosity. Blacks and Whites find themselves seeing things somewhat differently even when looking at the same situations, such as the murders of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown or the protest by Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL."

“I’m talking about differences that are sometimes the result of injustice by our judicial system and law enforcement towards Blacks and other minorities. The practice of racial disparity often can force some Black people and White people to take sides,” said Miller. “I established my place as a race relations expert, when in 1994 when I became the first and only person to have the n-word deleted from a major dictionary based on its psychological impact on Black Americans.” I want my Race Relations lectures to make a difference because I speak from fact, not just theory.”

"When we talk about police killings of Blacks by White police officers as being a great problem, or a private security guard in the case of Trayvon Martin...all too often, we get a response by whites quoting statistics on Black-on-Black Crime, reasoning that some Blacks tend to share," Miller said. ‘In exploring the myth of Black criminality, Paul Gilroy, a sociologist, noted that Blacks are no more criminal than whites, but they are labeled and treated negatively by police. Gilroy suggests that young black criminals are politically motivated to commit crime by their discovery of the history of slavery and colonialism and their experience of racism and police harassment.

Kaepernick started a controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the National Anthem before games, which is seen as a dividing protest. But the act of racial division did not begin with the 49ers quarterback, it began when the Faucet of Social Opportunity was shut off for African Americans. Two of the most serious concerns that are dividing races today are the killings of Blacks by White police officers and displeasure with some of the words in our National anthem.

Kaepernick believes that honoring the National Anthem dishonors Black Americans who have suffered and continue to suffer historical and unjust treatment as U.S. Citizens. His stance against words of the National Anthem that denigrate Blacks has spawned a movement and awareness among other football players and the population at large. Some agree with Kaepernick and others do not.

Here's a brief excerpt from the National Anthem:

“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

“Many times we follow the crowd, not our hearts. When we talk about police killings of Blacks by White police officers as being a great problem... all too often, we get a response by Whites quoting statistics on Black-on-Black Crime. Even some Blacks tend to share that reasoning,” Miller said.

He continues, “As a remedy, I am calling for two things: First, I am asking that all pro team owners to switch to “America The Beautiful” before sports games instead of the National Anthem. I also am calling on Congress to enact legislation making that change permanent and retiring the current National Anthem, which negatively portrays runaway slaves. 'America the Beautiful' is friendly and represents all Americans. These recommendations would be a starting point toward curing the sickness of racism."

Miller adds, "In addition, I am calling on all law enforcement agencies to establish departments to be first responders at the scene of police killings to immediately determine probable cause for the arrest of a suspect. This would equal due process and prevent what has happened to the millions of men and women who were arrested even before their cases went to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury, usually agrees with whatever the arresting office decides regarding probable cause. But ordinary people called for Grand Jury Duty should not be the first to decide probable cause. Grand Jurors usually agree or disagree with the probable cause decision already established by an arresting officer. Despite what we see today, there is always a road to peace. I sincerely love all people and I see that road."

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How EDD and Rep. Aguilar Are Helping Laid Off Ashley Furniture Employees in Colton

Washington, D.C. – Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D- San Bernardino) wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez advocating for federal assistance for the 840 employees laid off as a result of the Colton Ashley Furniture facility closure. In an official letter to Secretary Perez, Rep. Aguilar offered his full-fledged support for the petition filed by the State of California Economic Development Department (EDD) on behalf of the displaced workers with the U.S. Department of Labor, which requests federal employment assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

Trade Adjustment Assistance is a federal program that offers employment services through counseling, on-the-job training, and more for American workers who have been adversely affected by foreign competition. Rep. Aguilar’s letter advocated for Ashley Furniture workers to receive federal assistance if the Department of Labor finds that workers were impacted by jobs being shipped overseas to Vietnam, as the TAA petition indicates. Rep. Aguilar followed up earlier this week with the Department of Labor with regard to the TAA petition, and his office has been working with the City of Colton and the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board to help displaced workers find employment.

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