From the window of my room, I can see Colorado’s snow-covered Elk Mountains against a perfectly blue sky this morning. I’m lucky to be here for a few days with my kids before we head back to the city.
This is the Wild Thing. It’s a fun, practical luggage ID made by our friends at Pomchies right here in my home state of Arizona. I’ve given away this frilly fabric accessory, called a Pom ID, to supporters of my website for the last few years.
Unless you read the federal register for fun, you probably missed the Oct. 2 regulatory review by the Department of Transportation. It invites comments from the public as the agency considers “existing regulations and other agency actions” to evaluate their continued necessity, determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems, and evaluate whether they potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.
Sounds pretty innocent, right?
From all outward appearances, the consumer advocacy site I run with my team of volunteers may look like a runaway success.
Late last week, we crossed the $25,000 mark, capping another successful fundraiser.
You read this site every day. You follow our well-researched, useful stories. Maybe you comment on the posts, too.
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably think you know a lot about the advocacy work we do here every day.
What if they pulled the plug on this site? What if the stories you read here every day vanished? What if I stopped holding companies’ feet to the fire in the pages of the Washington Post, USA Today and in my syndicated columns?
This is your last chance.
This site’s holiday fundraiser ends in just hours. We’re a few dollars short of meeting our goal. Do you have your star yet?
Don’t let the bad guys win. You could win something.
As you can probably tell, this isn’t your average fundraiser.
I was going to start this story with a list of today’s amazing prizes we’re giving away to new underwriters, like your choice of a new Fodors guidebook. Or a Comuse Travel’s Time to Take a Map necklace.
Intrusive airport searches are just fine with a majority of air travelers. They also think the TSA has singlehandedly prevented
We interrupt this post to bring you an important message: Consumer advocacy sites like this are not self-sustaining. Without your help, this one will shut down.
These aren’t the best of times to be in journalism. Budgets are being slashed. Writers are being let go. Makes me feel like a dinosaur on the verge of extinction.
They don’t want you to.
They’re the newest corporate underwriters of this Web site and e-mail newsletter. I wanted to take a moment to thank them for their support. If it weren’t for them, as well as the hundreds of individual underwriters, none of this would be possible.