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On the Town: Father’s Day origins

Since we were on the subject about Mother’s Day last month, it is only fair that we discuss Father’s Day this month. Since Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, I thou ...

From Where I Sit: Has the pendulum of history swung too far?

Taking the long range view of things, you notice how over time the pendulum swings back and forth form one extreme to the other. You can see this in culture, in politics and in rel ...

The Real McCoy: Is it legal to offer on more than one home at a time?

Dear Kari, My wife and I are finally ready to purchase our first home. We have been scrimping and saving for so long I thought we would be renting a one bedroom apartment forever! ...

Olga on Investments: College costs

It is undeniable the benefits of a college education: the ability to compete in today’s job market, increased earning power and expanding horizons. So it is not surprising th ...

On the Town: Oh, say can you see?

With some of the controversies swirling around regarding the desecration of the American flag, and with Flag Day coming up on Sunday, June 14, I’d like to share some history ...

From Where I Sit: God’s top 10 are timeless

Recently TV personality David Letterman hosted his final late night talk show after over 30 years. I wasn’t a big fan but liked some of his bits. Being a “listaholic,&r ...

The Real McCoy: Should a buyer sign a buyer broker contract?

Dear Kari, I am a first time home buyer and I was referred to a Realtor by one of my coworkers. On our first meeting he asked me to sign a contract he referred to as a b ...

Olga on Investments: The invisible threat on retirement: inflation

Inflation is always talked about being a threat on retirement income. Yet as most things in life, it’s hard to fear something when we don’t feel its presence. So why do ...

Please, please water the trees

To conform with drought restrictions, we're seriously regulating the water to our lawns or eliminating watering them entirely. Unfortunately, the water most tree ...

On the Town: Changing lanes and other rules of the road

Let’s see if I have this right. On a major highway, with at least three lanes, the far right lane is for the slower moving traffic. The center lane is for cars slightly faste ...

From Where I Sit: Murders: 38; protests: 0

In 2000, Bruce Springsteen released a song titled “American Skin (41 Shots).”  It is about Amadou Dialio’s death in New York on Feb. 4, 1999. Four plaincloth ...

The Real McCoy: The mystery underwriter

Dear Kari, I am in the process of trying to buy a home. I met with my lender who requested a mountain of paperwork. After bringing it all in and making sure it was all up to ...

On the Town: Planes, panes and automobiles

Has this ever happened to you? You’re already behind schedule, the plane is full to capacity, you pull away from the terminal, you’re waiting your turn to take off and ...

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 ...