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Income taxes are higher for 2013. Those getting ready to file for last year are probably realizing this by now. Brackets went up and some deductions went down. Investments were profitable so some brokerage 1099s reported higher taxable earnings. … more
“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectant.” Louis Brandeis wrote these words a century ago, before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, to note the power of publicity as a cure for “social and industrial diseases” like the … more
Recently I was watching a professional golf event on television and was reminded that even though these people are the very best in the world, they too can have a bad day or round, a terrible hole, or just a horrific shot or two. It does and can … more
We must end the scourge of sexual assaults in our military. When young women decide to serve their nation in the armed services, they should never be forced to live under a cloud of intimidation or sexual harassment. This is a challenge the military … more
“The Invisible Man” is a science fiction novella written by H.G. Wells. An exceptional film was made based on the book, and starred Claude Rains. The film came out in 1933, and the special effects are brilliant. There was another … more
The second half of the legislative session will be best summed up by an overused 1990s catch phrase. “Show me the money.” While lawmakers spent quite a bit of time working on flood legislation during the first half of the session, the real … more
I have worked very hard on my signature. Have you? It's imperative to have a snappy signature, if you are an artist. I understood this pretension at a very young age, so once a year, I signed the … more
A professional woman, dressed for work in a black dress, hose and heels misjudged the incline of the sidewalk and took an all-the-way-down fall. As I was walking toward my Jeep, just outside the tech center coffee shop, I heard the scream. … more
It seems as over the past 12 months I have lost or misplaced a half-dozen cellphone chargers. Whether it is the wall charger or the car charger, they just seem to disappear from the wall, my car, my backpack, or my mind. Regardless of where they … more
He has always dreamed. Of what could be. When he was 8, picking strawberries in the fields of his Mexican town. When, at 12, he left home for the big city to sell popsicles and snow cones to help his parents provide for their … more
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