Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.
Is it acceptable that an accidental spillage in the kitchen refrigerator or the incorrect handling or cooking of meat at a restaurant can now result in a life-threatening -- yet entirely preventable -- antibiotic-resistant disease? Well, Big Ag seems to think so.
One way you can try to save at the pharmacy is choosing a generic version of the drug, instead of the brand-name medication. But some consumers may not have that option, especially when it comes to higher-priced prescriptions.
These risks are very real. Identity theft continues to morph and evolve in complexity and gains even greater traction with more organized criminal enterprises as their crime of choice. So you can imagine my frustration when I read the article in Consumer Reports.
Parents are realizing that just keeping their children safe in a crash isn't the end-all, be-all of car seats. We also need to think about the long-term implications of exposing our kids to the toxic chemicals the seats can be made with.
Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been all too common in recent years, from salmonella-tainted peanut butter to E. coli in vegetables. We now have a real opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend, if we do it the right way.
Have you ever gotten nowhere over the phone with a manager, consumer relations person, or an automated help-line and just given up? Next time, be nice but determined on your quest for quality on the road to consumer power.
From now on, health insurers will have to provide us with information in plain English, and in no more than four pages, about what their policies cover and how much we'll have to pay out of our own pockets when we get sick.
We know that health reform can be complicated and time consuming. Not everyone has the time to sit down and learn the details of the new law -- even if they wanted to. But we also know that it's critical for consumers to know what's available to them and to take advantage of the benefits.
There's a real dispute about the safety of pink slime, but not so of chicken. If we has a nation became alarmed in proper proportion to things that are concerning, however, white slime would be a much bigger concern than pink slime.
While policymakers in D.C are currently focused on keeping the country from falling off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year, we want to make sure that the White House doesn't forget about some items sitting on the back burner. These are items that are very important to American consumers.
There is nothing wrong with credit agencies making a profit. They are private businesses. Yet without adequate oversight, these agencies have little incentive to ensure the accuracy of consumer credit reports.