Opinion

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 ...

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 ...

Letter to the Editor: Time to stop the leak

We are extremely upset and concerned over a water leak that has been continuing for months despite several attempts by us to contact whoever might be in charge. The leak is on El D ...

Letter to the Editor: Excessive watering at Town Center

I’ve contacted EDHTC on their Facebook page about overwatering by the Holiday Inn where it backs up to the walking path. I took this picture this morning. They continue to ov ...