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From Where I Sit: The daily danger of driving

You never know, do you? We don’t give it a second thought. We get up, get in our car and get going. It rarely if ever occurs to us that we may be heading towards our death. ...

The Real McCoy: Are lowball offers even worth countering?

Dear Kari, I listed my home with my agent and after just a few weeks I received a good news call from her telling me I have two offers on my home. My mindset was filled with excit ...

On the Town: The true meaning of Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. To many, Memorial Day signifies a day off from work, a day at the lake, picnics, parades, barbecuing and parties. I believe many fail to realize th ...

The Real McCoy: Understanding contingency benefits

Dear Kari,   I have desired purchasing a home for the last 10 years. Although I have had the means, my reservations were overwhelming. Now I find myself geared up to tak ...

Olga on Investments: How to lower college costs

You can lower the cost of college in a number of ways. The deciding factors in achieving your cost goals may be limited only by your flexibility. The primary way to lower the cost ...

Time to Talk: Don’t fall in the parent trap

Q: The relationship between my teenage son and his dad is quickly deteriorating. My husband feels constantly disrespected and is morphing into a bigger disciplinarian. My son is pu ...

From Where I Sit: It’s true, music never dies Tom

In these times an old guy like me thinks it marvelous to have music options such as IHeartRadio or Pandora. Last week the Pandora shuffle played “What Becomes of the Broken H ...

On the Town: Over and over again

This item may sound off the wall, but I found it very interesting and I’d like to share it with you. Have you ever had a song, jingle or some other melodic intrusion get stu ...

The Real McCoy: Top tips for selling a condo

Dear Kari, I am going to be selling my condo and I would appreciate any advice you may offer me. Answer: I am glad you asked that question because there are certain significant ...

Olga on Investments: Important topics to discuss with family before it’s too late

Passing away is not on many people’s list of favorite discussion topics. Since people find the subject uncomfortable, it often goes undiscussed and pushed aside until it&rsqu ...

Thank you Sugarloaf Stampede supporters

El Dorado County and our community members continue to deliver significant support, as we work to enrich the lives of our students. On Saturday, April 18, the annual Sugarloaf Stam ...

On the Town: How did Mother’s Day come about?

Every year at this time I like to devote the column to Mother’s Day. And since Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, I’d like to share some history on the origins of th ...

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 ...