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Practical Money Matters – Benefits For Military Families

As we honor our Armed Forces this Veterans' Day, let's also acknowledge the financial challenges they and their families often face, both while in service and after discharge. Fortunately, service members needn't go it alone: Many tax benefits, social services and financial assistance programs are available to help.

November 07, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Recognize And Support Area Caregivers

November is America's National Family Caregivers Month, a time set aside by presidential proclamation to recognize and celebrate the nearly 66 million family caregivers in our country. These individuals, who include spouses, parents, adult children, friends and neighbors, tirelessly assist loved ones with a disability, serious illness or limitations of aging. Caregivers serve quietly and selflessly every day in homes, assisted living centers, hospitals and other places from cities to rural settings.

October 31, 2012 | Rick Carson CEO, Right at Home Modesto | Other Views


Money Management – Avoiding Family Business Conflicts

There are 5.5 million family-owned businesses in the United States, according to Family Enterprise USA. These companies often unite family members behind a common purpose, but conflicts can arise when professional and personal lives overlap.

October 17, 2012 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


For Your Information – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The story of a generation's worth of progress in the breast cancer movement is being told through the eyes of breast cancer survivors, researchers, community health workers and advocates as Susan G. Komen for the Cure offers a "31 Days of Impact" web storytelling series to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 10, 2012 | Nancy G. Brinker CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure | Other Views


Practical Money Matters – Stemming The Tide Of Junk Mail

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about junk mail: Each year, direct mail creates 10 billion pounds of solid waste in the U.S. and costs local communities more than $1 billion in collection and disposal expenses – not to mention putting you at greater risk for identity theft if you don't shred personalized mailings before tossing.

October 03, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information – Bypassing Business?

We have closely followed the hearings and options presented for the future location of the North County Corridor (Oakdale Bypass).

September 26, 2012 | Richard Hagerty Burchell Nursery, Inc. | Other Views


Environmentally Speaking – Transportation’s Green-Tech Fail

Ethanol as government energy policy has been an economic and environmental bust. There's little debate: it inflates motor fuel prices, while compromising the environment. And that was before this summer's drought reducing corn and wheat supply. President Obama is under pressure from all sides to waive the ethanol requirement for less expensive fuel and food.

September 19, 2012 | Robert L. Bradley, Jr. Institute For Energy Research | Other Views


Money Management – Common Small Business Mistakes

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a small business is one that employs fewer than 500 employees, a definition that applies to a wide swath of companies. In fact, the SBA says that small businesses account for 99.7 percent of employer firms, making them a significant sector of the economy.

September 12, 2012 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - Social Security Statements Online

Until last year, Social Security sent taxpayers an annual personalized statement showing a complete record of their taxable earnings as well as estimated retirement, disability and survivor benefits based on those earnings. Unfortunately, budget constraints brought put an end to those yearly mailings.

September 05, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Keep Athletes Safe On, Off Field

Basketball and bicycling rank highest for injuries among recreational sports, causing 1.5 million accidents per year.

August 29, 2012 | Courtesy Of NewsUSA | Other Views


For Your Information - Sizing Up Water Woes

Water ‑ and how to protect it in the face of worsening drought conditions ‑ is now a hot topic across America.

August 22, 2012 | Pam Solo President, Civil Society Institute | Other Views


Tight Lines - Wild Doesn’t Mean Pets

I saw an item on the nightly news recently about a fellow accused of trying to sell two bear cubs. He claimed he'd been attacked by the mama bear and had to kill her in self-defense. Rather than abandon the cubs to die, he had brought them into town. The story gets a little fuzzy from then on, but eventually the cubs were taken by Fish and Game personnel to a shelter that specializes in releasing critters back into the wild. The cubs were really cute little guys and I hope they make it in their transition back to ...

August 01, 2012 | Don Moyer | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - Is The IRS ‘Marriage Penalty’ Real?

If your spouse-to-be is considering postponing the wedding because of fears about the so-called "marriage penalty," you two probably have bigger issues than whether you'll have to pay higher taxes as a married couple than when you were single.

August 01, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Central Valley Environmental Snapshot

California's Central Valley environment is getting healthier, but not fast enough. Its air quality is still among the worst in the nation, according to a report released this past week.

July 25, 2012 | Linda Hoile and Lorena Anderson Great Valley Center/UC Merced | Other Views


More On Medicare - Keeping Care Affordable

In California, the Affordable Care Act – the new health care law – helped 1,327,883 people with original Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first six months of 2012, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced. This is 45 percent of those eligible for these services in California. This figure also includes 109,444 in California who have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit provided by the Affordable Care Act.

July 18, 2012 | David Sayen Regional Administrator | Other Views


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Credit cards: Love them and hate them

This is a positive take on credit cards. You don’t see those very often. Everyone wants to dump on debt, and there are reasons ...

April 27, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Dramatic rise in child abductions by the Lord's Resistance Army signals terrorist group's resurgence

A new report released earlier this month notes that the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel terrorist group from northern Uganda, has abducted 217 people ...

April 10, 2016 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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