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Practical Money Matters – Financial Literacy Teachable Moments

I learned lots of valuable information in high school, but one subject that wasn't on the curriculum was personal financial management. We didn't learn how to balance a checkbook, why budgeting is important or how credit card interest works, among other life lessons.

May 11, 2011 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


TIGHT LINES - Orange Tailed Rattlers

I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis.

May 04, 2011 | Don Moyer | Other Views


Health Watch – Heart Attacks, Heart Disease In Women

The word, "Heart" is an Old English word meaning "the central, vital or main part, or the core." Women often regard their hearts as the seat of their emotions and the location of their innermost thoughts and feelings. The heart is often considered to be the center of love, sympathy, and grief or sorrow.

May 04, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views


For Your Information - Freedom From Taxes

Tax Freedom Day - the date on which Americans will have worked long enough to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels - fell on Saturday, April 16 for residents of California. This was the sixth latest Tax Freedom Day to arrive out of all 50 states. The average date for all Americans, as announced recently by the Tax Foundation, was Tuesday, April 12.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Morrison Tax Foundation Communications Manager | Other Views


Cop Corner – Being Proactive Pays Off

Oakdale is a very nice city with beautiful neighborhoods. We take pride in the city we live in and with the things we own. We landscape our yards, put a fresh coat of paint on the fence or house to make it look nice, keep the car washed and waxed, and sometimes get aftermarket accessories for our cars to personalize it or make it look a little better. Most of us know our neighbors and have a strong sense of community and security. Despite our commitment to these values and our heightened sense of security, understand that there is an ...

April 06, 2011 | Officer Joe Carrillo Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Health Watch – Springing Into Fitness

As the temperature starts to warm, many Americans think about lacing up their running shoes or pulling out their tennis rackets. But don't let spring fitness fever corrupt your good judgment – if you haven't exercised all winter, it's better to ease into physical activity.

March 30, 2011 | | Other Views


Cop Corner – Good Neighbor Policy

Back in the day Oakdale used to be a small city where everyone knew each other's names and crime was only something that occurred in Modesto. Times have changed and neighbors never talk and crime is on the doorstep. It is time for the good old days of Oakdale to return and to adopt a good neighbor policy for your neighborhood. Being on bad terms with your neighbor can make your life frustrating, day after day. But taking the time to establish good terms with your neighbors has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, the neighborhood safer, and ...

March 16, 2011 | Ofcr. Warren Bradford Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


The Raging Moderate - It Continues In Wisconsin

As the battle over public unions rages on in Wisconsin and elsewhere, perhaps we should step back and take a broad look at the relationships between unions, politicians, and workers in our nation.

March 09, 2011 | Jubal McMillan | Other Views


Money Management – Questions To Ask At Tax Time

Last year, individuals who qualified for tax refunds got an average of $2,887, up 8 percent from the previous year. While there's no guarantee that you will receive a refund, there are steps you can take at this time of year that could not only potentially lower your tax bill but also enhance your overall financial situation. The California Society of CPAs (www.calcpa.org) recommends you ask your CPA these questions.

March 02, 2011 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


Health Watch – Is It An Allergy Or A Common Cold?

Every time we breathe, we inhale millions of tiny particles that are invisible unless viewed with a microscope. These particles include dust, pollen, plant spores, viruses, bacteria and even chemicals. Many of these particles, such as dust, pollen and plant spores are harmless. Viruses, bacteria and chemicals may be harmful to us.

February 16, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views


Meeting The Tax Deadline

Penalties for late filing of tax returns can be harsh, but what can you do if you haven't received the information you need from your employer or others? If you are waiting for your Form W-2, mortgage interest statement, 1099 DIV or other documents that are necessary to complete your tax forms, it's in your best interest to take action. IRS does not accept "failure to receive documents" as an excuse for failure to file.

February 02, 2011 | Gigi Thompson Jarvis Tax Specialist | Other Views


Practical Money — To Smartphone, Or Not To Smartphone?

My wife decided to upgrade her dinosaur cell phone to a "smartphone" and enlisted my help. Initially, we ran into the brick wall of decisions smartphone shoppers frequently face: How to choose among hundreds of available phones, pick the right service provider and predict which calling and data plan and other options would best fit her needs without breaking the bank?

December 08, 2010 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


Cop Corner – Holiday Safety Tips

Well it's that time of year again when we all get to run around and stress out over the holiday season. Here are just a few tips to help make sure your holiday season is one you want to remember instead of one you would like to forget.

December 01, 2010 | Sgt. Darren Semore Oakdale Police Department | Other Views


Health Watch – Moving From Episodic Care To Disease Management Mode

While the Washington politicians may continue to debate the pros and cons of health care reform, those of us in the health care industry cannot afford to adopt a wait and see attitude. We have to move forward in some areas we know need to change regardless of political or legislative decisions.

November 17, 2010 | | Other Views


Rich In Thought - My Bernese, My Life Coach

I'm new to the newsroom and for the last seven-or-so weeks when I'm there, I've followed the Old English Proverb, "Keep your mouth shut, and your ears open." I've been a sponge. Absorbing all around me to learn the journalism business, very careful what I say or do, trying to make a good impression. These mannerisms are difficult for someone who's been known as "outspoken" or "opinionated" (the kinder terms) and for the type of person who, when showing light on a situation, is known to use a heat lamp.

October 20, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Other Views


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