May 272015
13th Annual State of the Cities Tri-Cities Regional Chamber Luncheon

13th Annual State of the Cities
Tri-Cities Regional Chamber Luncheon

The mayors from Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland were the speakers for the May 2015 Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon. They started with a comical video of the mayors and finished with each mayor discussing the economic development, legislative priorities, current projects, and future plans for each of their cities as well as what it means for the region.

Mayor Steve Young,  City of Kennewick

Mayor Steve Young,
City of Kennewick

Mayor Matt Watkins,  City of Pasco

Mayor Matt Watkins,
City of Pasco

Mayor David Rose,  City of Richland

Mayor David Rose,
City of Richland

Mayor Brent Gerry,  City of West Richland

Mayor Brent Gerry,
City of West Richland

I was really hoping that these Lohman helicopters were going to be today’s door prize. Or at least a ride in one of them! 20150527_112849-web

May 252015

You’ve probably seen the ads for Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot on TV. The device plugs into your car and, if you don’t drive like I do, it can get you a discount on your car insurance premiums. This report, though, found a growing number complaints that the device ended up damaging their vehicle and possibly even putting them in danger while driving.

The I-Team found a long list of complaints online from consumers who said the Snapshot device suddenly shut off their cars or damaged the electrical components.

In 2013, a Florida driver filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming Progressive’s Snapshot had drained car batteries to the point they needed replacement.

A judge ultimately determined the case did not meet the threshold for class certification and the plaintiff settled with Progressive, according the lead attorney.

However, buried in the court documents, the I-Team found a deposition with a Progressive claims specialist. Through February 2014, the claims specialist testified Progressive Snapshot had tallied 8,121 customer complaints and $582,009 in claims payouts.

Source: I-Team: Drivers Say Insurance Device Put Them In Danger On The Road
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May 252015
Arlington Graves on Memorial Day

The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are graced by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.

“What do we celebrate on Memorial Day?” That was the question I was asked earlier this week by a store clerk as we were discussing the long weekend. She thought it had something to do with soldiers but wasn’t quite sure because she knew Veterans Day is to honor those who served. Growing up, I thought Memorial Day was a day to visit graves of family members. When we were in Boise for the holiday my mom would take us out to the Emmett cemetery to place flowers on a number of family graves. But neither of these is the reason we celebrate Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died while in the military service. The holiday appears to have begun as a grass roots way to honor those who died in the Civil War. These separate events grew into a movement that culminated in a proclamation in 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the influential veterans group, The Grand Army of the Republic, to have flowers placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30th every year.

After World War I, the holiday was expanded to include service members who died in any war. In 1968 Congress passed the National Holiday Act which moved the holiday to the last Monday in May to ensure a three day weekend for the Federal holiday. Some say that by creating a 3 day holiday, Congress changed public perception of the holiday and that most people now see the long weekend as a good way to begin of summer.

What do you do to celebrate Memorial Day? If you are looking for a way to honor those who have died to guard our freedoms, Google is a good place to start Memorial Day Events.