Opinion

The Real McCoy: The truth about bridge loans

Dear Kari, My husband and I have been discussing moving into a bigger home for a while now and finally last night he said let’s do it! The next day I called a real estate of ...

Olga on Investments: How to navigate the Social Security website

As many have noticed, Social Security is no longer sending yearly notices that state what the retirement benefits are. Due to budget cuts, only the people nearing the Social Securi ...

From Where I Sit: How was your day? Your life?

Sometimes 400 words isn’t enough. If you will indulge me, let us continue the conversation begun last week. After all, we have had 168 more hours to live, so how did it go? ...

On the Town: Don’t snooze reading this column

Off the top of my head I read an interesting article in a local paper that made me laugh. Some local school districts are considering starting junior high and high school later by ...

Olga on Investments: Possible pre-retirement income stream

Retiring early and accessing retirement savings may be possible without having to wait until 59 ½. Currently there is a law that individuals may not take out premature distr ...

From Where I Sit: You say it’s boring, I say it’s life

Do you ever wonder where your life went? Do you keep a diary? Do you ever write down events as you experience them? I do, and am currently keeping three different diaries. Somethin ...

On the Town: The old saying is true: honesty is the best policy

Brian Williams, former managing editor and anchor for NBC Nightly News, has been given a six-month suspension without pay. Williams, according to many sources, exaggerated on some ...

The Real McCoy: Contingency twist on buyers

Dear Kari: My husband and I have lived in our home for over 20 years. We have made several improvements to create everything we both desired. Now that our daughter is attending an ...

The Real McCoy: Snap Decisions

Dear Kari, My boyfriend and I have only been looking for two weekends and found a house that looks perfect! We want to buy it, but are reluctant to make an offer without looking a ...

Olga on Investments: Retirement plans for small businesses

Retirement plans for small businesses serve many different purposes. From a business level, the contributions into a retirement plan can be tax deductible for the company. The cont ...