This column has featured many fictional characters during the past three decades. They have been the writer’s device to ease the burden of reading economic information and unpopular ideas.

This week is different. Let me introduce you to Nervous Fergus and his buddy, Harrison. Both dogs live and travel with us.

Morton Marcus is an economist. Reach him at mortonjmarcus@yahoo.com. Follow his views and those of John Guy on “Who Gets What?” wherever podcasts are available or at mortonjohn.libsyn.com