Silencing the Silent Majority
“We are the poster children for the Silent Majority,” says our contributor today.
“Where we live, it is very dangerous to admit that we are Trump supporters and advertise that we are conservative Republicans.
“We have had Trump signs vandalized at our very rural home, and I have been harassed at a store parking lot when I had Trump stickers visible on my vehicles. It is so bad here that we are seriously considering leaving the state. As we are retired, it would be a major undertaking and not an attractive alternative.
“We live in a very rural part of the state and have a very settled life here after 20 years. The cities are a nightmare and going shopping has become downright dangerous.
“Needless to say, my bumper stickers were removed some time ago and will not be replaced until the situation in my area improves.”
My heart goes out to our reader — this treatment is absolutely disgraceful. Free speech… under assault.
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Your Rundown for Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Reuters reports: “The Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 94.2 points in July versus a slightly revised June figure of 93.1 points.”
Food items priced higher in July, include…
- Vegetable oil index (up 7.6%)
- Dairy prices (up 3.5%)
- Sugar prices (up 1.4%)
“In contrast,” Reuters says, “the FAO’s meat index slipped 1.8% and was 9.2% below the year-earlier level, as global import demand continued to lag availability despite coronavirus-linked disruptions to slaughtering.”
No doubt, you’ve noticed higher prices at the grocery store since the start of the pandemic; a federal report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows some food items up about 20% higher.
Some tips when grocery shopping? Buy local, when able — you’ll likely get better prices — and buy items that are in-season. Stay flexible when meal planning, and check store circulars before you shop.
Market Rundown for Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
S&P 500 futures are down 8 points to 3,341.
Oil’s lost 1% to $41.52 for a barrel of West Texas crude.
Gold is down $3.80 per ounce to $2,065.60.
Bitcoin is down $10.00 to $11,744.46.
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