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The coolest toys under the tree

on Monday, 23 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Wondering what the most popular toys were this year? So was I. According to Amazon.com, these are some of the toys that had the kiddies screaming with glee when they were unwrapped this morning: • CANDYLOCKS. Get a whiff of this. This doll, which sells fo

Shining the true lights of Christmas

on Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I love Christmas lights. Not the glowing bulbs strung on Christmas trees or the blinking and flashing offering some sort of season’s greetings. The Christmas lights I speak of are people who shine the true lights of Christmas, hope, peace, joy, and, by fa

What’s new for Social Security in 2020?

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Opinions

With the new year upon us, those who collect Social Security or pay into the public retirement program through payroll deduction will see some changes. The Social Security Administration makes cost-of-living adjustments on an annual basis. Here’s how the

Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Barcelona

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A crisp wind blew as we walked back to our hotel on Christmas morning. It was 1981 and we were in Barcelona, Spain. I was in the Marine Corps and deployed with the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit aboard the USS Saipan. A mere 19 at the time, this was my secon

Take steps now to save on your 2019 tax return

on Tuesday, 03 December 2019. Posted in Opinions

2019 is winding down, and before you know it, you’ll be pulling together everything needed to file your federal income tax return for the year. Federal income tax returns for 2019 are due on or before April 15, 2020. But if you’re interested in potentiall

Recalling the most famous reindeer of all

on Tuesday, 03 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The Christmas holidays glitter and glisten with all sorts of traditions. One of them is the telling, reading, singing, and watching a television program about a certain reindeer with an extraordinarily shiny nose. Everybody, young and old, loves the story

A Thanksgiving to remember

on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The unmistakable smell of Thanksgiving drifted from kitchen to dining room to living room and all throughout the house. After days of planning and preparation, the feast was nearly complete. The table was perfectly set. Dozens of dishes lined the kitchen

Financial wisdom for college students

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Opinions

Is your son or daughter heading to college? If the answer is yes, it’s an exciting moment in your child’s life. But, financially, it can also be a paralyzing time if they do not have a principled approach for managing money. Out on their own for the first

Get ready to bury the hatchet

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Alcohol and sharp instruments? Yes, it does seem like a decidedly dangerous combination, but bar and pub patrons have been hoisting pints of frosty malt and hurling darts at round boards for centuries. I myself have thrown a few back while at the same tim

Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The best way for me to describe the writing of Pat Conroy is to say his words had a way of drawing you into his story. Sometimes the words would take you by the hand and gently guide you into captivating scenes of breathtaking beauty. Other times they wo

Five reasons to pay attention to the Federal Reserve

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Opinions

We hear frequent references in the news to the Federal Reserve (or the “Fed,” as it is more commonly called). Yet, for many individual investors and consumers, the way the Fed affects their lives is a bit cloudy. So, let’s clear the air. Decisions by th

Tricks, treats and treasure hunting

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Led by the spirit of Halloween and the gloomy gray skies overhead, I decided to venture out last Thursday to do a little mid-morning adult trick or treating. Rather than go house-to-house in search of holiday treasures, I went from bin-to-bin at Bargain

Ghost stories of the Pee Dee

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Ready to get your spook on? In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share a few ghost stories from around the Pee Dee. There is little or no truth to any of these tales, although I’m sure some out there would swear on their mother’s grave that

Lower interest rates and your wallet

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Opinions

As you’ve likely read in financial headlines recently, interest rates are falling. So, what does that mean for you and your finances? Here are some factors to consider. Your existing debt may be more manageable. A rate cut by the Fed may cause interest ra

Author speaks on code talkers’ heroics

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It would be hard to misinterpret the unbridled enthusiasm of Catherine Ritch as anything but a passion for the Navajo people. The Stallings, N.C. resident and author of more than two dozen books spoke to a gathering of the Florence Sidney Lanier Literary
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14 August 2020