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From Where I Sit: My hometown of Baltimore, in my humble opinion

Ah, “the time is out of joint,” as Hamlet declared. If anyone has an opinion about anything, it is understood that said opinion is partial and flawed by personal bias. ...

The Real McCoy: The home sale contingency catch

Dear Kari, My husband and I have had our home up for sale for over two months and we finally received an offer. We are thrilled as it is a full price offer, but they need to sell ...

Olga on Investments: Frequent retirement questions

Preparing to retire can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. After years of saving and planning for retirement, the day has finally come to relax and live life. Yet many ...

The Real McCoy: When is the right time to buy a house?

Dear Kari, My husband and I are considering buying our first home. I am tired of renting, but my husband does have some reservations. Could you please offer us some advice? Answe ...

Olga on Investments: How to choose traditional or Roth IRAs

One of the most common questions I receive is whether retirement account contributions should go into a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The answer is that there is no set answer for ...

From Where I Sit: Stop, look, listen… and record?

It’s not a matter of being older and grumpy. It’s a matter of basic decency and humanity. I am talking about the growing number of people going through this world with ...

On the Town: The power of the press

I received an interesting email from a reader expressing concern about falling rocks at a major El Dorado Hills grocery store. Joyce “Skip” Rochette, as she’s kn ...

The Real McCoy: Benefits of a backup

Dear Kari: My husband and I have been looking at homes with our Realtor for several weeks now. Over my lunch hour, the Realtor showed me the perfect home but by the time my husban ...

Olga on Investments: Is term insurance for you?

Term insurance is exactly what it sounds like: insurance for a set period of time. After a designated period of time, the policy either ends or is converted to a different plan. F ...

From Where I Sit: Government gets its annual refund

There, that’s over. It has been one week now since we cross-ed that finish line known as the tax deadline. Death and taxes — the two big finish lines. Graduation, weddi ...