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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


Community Corner - Make Fitness A Walk In The Park

Let's face it. Walking is a popular low-impact exercise. Now, new iPods are equipped with pedometers, half-marathons are packed with walkers and many apps can map and measure walking routes. But even with all of these new innovations, you'll still want to pay attention to basics.

July 18, 2012 | Courtesy Of NewsUSA | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - How To Catch A ‘Phish’

Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: "Phishing," "smishing," "vishing" and "pharming" are just a few of the ways criminals gain access to personal information via your computer or smartphone. If you're not careful, identity thieves can use harvested information to open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts, take out loans, rent apartments or even charge medical procedures to your insurance plan.

July 04, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Summer Fire Safety Tips

For many, the Fourth of July signals the start of summer and time for fun family outings and vacations, especially camping. However, with hot and dry conditions, summer is also the time for wildfires. Cal Fire would like to remind all campers and outdoor enthusiasts to keep these summer time safety tips in mind while enjoying the great outdoors.

July 04, 2012 | Julie Hutchinson California Department Of Forestry | Other Views


For Your Information - Avoid A Roadside Mayday

The temperatures are rising, and so are the numbers of vehicles on the road. Summer is now officially here, bringing with it a number of road trips to the beach for many families.

June 27, 2012 | Courtesy of News USA | Other Views


More On Medicare - Medicare Covers Kidney Disease

A diagnosis of kidney failure could be a real shock.

June 20, 2012 | David Sayen Medicare Regional Administrator | Other Views


Money Management - How To Deal With Identity Theft

Nearly 12 million adults were victims of identity fraud last year, up 13 percent from the previous year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

June 13, 2012 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


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