Local Publisher Offers New Line-up of High Quality Classics

Operating out of a small Akron office and led by a former Tallmadge resident, Summit Classic Press offers a growing catalog of classic and vintage books in collector-quality new softbound editions.

Launched in 2012, the first mainstream Akron-based publishing operation since the demise of the old Saalfield Publishing Company is finding a niche with sales through Amazon and other online book retailers.

All Summit Classic Press books are printed on heavyweight bright-white paper and feature fully-laminated covers with original full-color designs. With approximately forty titles now available, plans for the coming year call for the release of an additional fifty paperback titles, many of which are already in various stages of development. Also on the schedule are expansion into ebooks – the first two kindle editions were released earlier this month – and dust-jacketed hardbacks, the first of which has been produced as a proof copy and is now in revision.

All editorial work is done locally, and all books are manufactured entirely within the United States.

For more information, you can visit the company’s website by CLICKING HERE.

You can also browse the company’s current catalog by visiting their Amazon page by CLICKING HERE.

Most Summit Classic Press titles are eligible for free shipping from Amazon with orders totaling $25 or more, and the company offers a newsletter that entitles subscribers to choose free shipping or a 20% discount.

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Obama Says Taxpayers Will Eat Costs of Hiding Layoff Warnings Until After Election

First we had the $8 billion slush fund used by the Obama administration to hide the gutting of Medicare Advantage by Obamacare until after the election.

Now we have the Obama administration telling employers not to send notices required by federal law, and assuring them that the taxpayers will cover the costs when they get sued for failing to send the notices.

The federal WARN Act requires businesses with more than 100 employees to notify workers at least 60 days in advance of a mass layoff or plant closing. Some states require more notice.

“Any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome) would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if otherwise reasonable and allocable,” the Office of Management and Budget said.

So the long and the short of it is this: the President of the United States, sworn to uphold the laws of the United States, is telling employers to break the law, and committing the taxpayers to pay potentially millions in legal fees, costs, and windfall compensation awards which will result from the failure to follow the law.

Why? To prevent tens of thousands of layoff warnings from going out right before the election.

From “Hope and Change” to “Hide the Pain”.

Read more here: Contractors told to hold off on layoff warnings due to fiscal cliff spending cuts – Sep. 28, 2012.

Reprinted by permission from BabbleFest

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Maybe Bill Clinton Really Is Senile

After Bill Clinton blurted out that continuing the Bush tax cuts for everyone, including those earning over $250,000, made sense to him, Obama’s minions suggested that Bill was getting older, snidely and unmistakeably suggesting that Clinton was senile, or at least addled, and his remarks could not be taken at face value.

Maybe they were right. Clinton may be senile. Either that, or he’s just blatantly dishonest.

In Ohio, and presumably elsewhere, the Obama campaign is running an ad in which Clinton says Republicans want to return to “less taxes for the rich and deregulation, which got us into this mess in the first place,” and suggests that voting for Obama will return us to the golden days of his administration. But as is often the case with Bill Clinton, what he says is his own version of events, not what really happened.

The deregulation of the banking and financial industries that “got us into this mess” actually took place during…wait for it…Clinton’s presidency. With the support of Clinton and his Treasury Secretaries. Here are the facts:

  • 1933 – In the wake of the 1929 stock market crash the Glass-Steagall Act prohibited banks from playing the stock market.
  • 1994 – The Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act eliminated previous restrictions on interstate banking and branching.
  • 1996 – With Clinton administration approval, the Federal Reserve reinterpreted the Glass-Steagall Act, allowing bank holding companies to earn up to 25 percent of their revenues in investment banking.
  • 1998 – Citicorp-Travelers Merger – Citigroup, Inc. merged a commercial bank with an insurance company that owned an investment bank to form the world’s largest financial services company. Regulators following the new interpretations of Glass-Steagall restrictions did not intervene.
  • 1999 – The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act – With bipartisan congressional support and support from Treasury Secretary Rubin and his successor Lawrence Summers, the bill repealed the Glass-Steagall Act completely.
  • 2000 – Commodity Futures Modernization Act – Passed with support from the Clinton Administration, including Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the bill prevented the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from regulating most over-the-counter derivative contracts, including credit default swaps. Signed into law by Bill Clinton in December 2000.

The deregulation of the commercial banking industry, the intermingling of commercial and investment banks with each other and with insurance companies, and the deregulation of derivative contracts and credit default swaps all occurred on Clinton’s watch, signed into law by Bill Clinton.

Bubba also seems to have forgotten that upon being elected, the all-Democrat congress went along with his request to raise taxes on those earning over $250,000. The economy cratered, with growth dropping from over 4% in the last quarter of George H.W. Bush’s presidency to under 1%. Maybe that’s what Bill had in mind when he endorsed continuing all the Bush tax cuts.

In 1994 the Democrats were thrashed at the polls, and the new Republican congress introduced the concept of fiscal restraint, reducing the rate of growth of government spending, and forcing a cut in the capital gains tax. After the 1994 elections Clinton famously “triangulated”, reinventing himself as a fiscal conservative and going along with the capital gains tax cut and signing off on welfare reform after having vetoed it two or three times.

Given the Clinton administration’s real history on banking deregulation and higher taxes on those earning over $250,000, one might reasonably conclude that Clinton is in fact senile.

Then again, Occam’s Razor might lead to the conclusion that he’s just dishonest.

Reprinted in its entirety with permission from Babblefest.

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Fall Back to Standard Time

Did you remember to reset your clocks for the end of Daylight Savings Time? Standard Time returned at 2:00 a.m. local time on November 7, 2010.

The hour of sleep that we “lost” back in March is regained in the annual change of our clocks back to Standard Time. Officially this occurs at 2:00 am on the morning of the 7th. Set your clocks back one hour before you retire on Saturday night and you’ll wake up on Sunday in synch with the rest of the nation. Even though we move back to “Standard Time”, we now spend more of the year observing Daylight Time, which makes me wonder which system should now be considered as the “Standard”. Luckily, the Department of Transportation has the responsibility to keep this all sorted out; the U.S. Naval Observatory just provides the reference time-scale!

Can’t remember which way to adjust the clocks? Just remember the old adage, “spring forward, fall back.”

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Something Old, Something New

Our InfoPages links have been popular with readers looking for basic information on a wide variety of topics.

The InfoPages links are back. You’ll find the familiar scrolling list of InfoPages links in the sidebar to the right.

We have also added more new resource links. In the sidebar you will also find a collection of links to sites with information on various health and wellness topics, and a scrolling collection of links to the InfoSites Network, information sites on various topics.

All links in these resource collections will open in a new window, and all of these information sites are completely free to use with no sign-up or registration required.

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News Feeds and Local Weather Are Back

We have added back in some long-time features: several news headline feeds and the Tallmadge local weather.

The weather information block, located in the right sidebar, gives you the forecast for today and tonight, plus current conditions, at a glance. The local weather information updates automatically every half-hour, so you will always see up-to date weather information. Click on the date to visit weather.com for detailed and extended forecasts, radar maps, and more.

The news feeds are located at the bottom of the page, and include national, world and financial news headlines, plus the “Daily Mail” Science feed, an informative and entertaining source consisting of a mix of serious science news and downright weird stuff.

Roll your cursor over the rss feed items on this site to see the first paragraph or so of any entry in the feed.

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The Holiday Season is Upon Us!

With Halloween less than a week away, the Holiday Season is definitely upon us.

With that in mind, here’s an all-purpose Holiday greeting to kick off the season.

all holiday greeting

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Just About Finished…

Installation of the new site is almost complete. After a few more details are wrapped up, we will begin adding new content.

Content from the previous site will be gradually pulled forward into this site under its original posting date.

That process may take a while. This is a completely different platform, and while the content from the old site still exists, there is no good way to automate moving that content and a good deal of manual effort will be required.

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Please Excuse Our Virtual Dust

Please excuse our virtual dust… we are in the process of a complete reconstruction of the site.

We do not anticipate any substantial downtime, but complications are always a possibility.

We took the site down and started the rebuild on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. local time.

We expect to be back online by the afternoon of Moday, October 25, 2010.

This site redesign and reconstruction is being done by Summit Web Services.

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