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DAVID LOPEZ: Avoiding a government head fake
-on retirement savings

March 19, 2015

A government rule on retirement savings may be tricking retirees into looking at their financial situations all wrong, says a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning.
The rule says retirees can’t leave money in their IRA or 401k accounts forever. At age 70½ they must begin making minimum withdrawals, even if they prefer to leave the accounts untouched.
“You are forced to take money out whether you want to or not,” says Dave Lopez, a mathematics and computer science major who applies his analytical mind to solving retirement challenges.

VICKI E. ALGER: Personalizing learning for all students through education savings accounts

March 3, 2015

Fifteen years ago Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Freidman noted that just because we finance education through government that does not mean government should be in charge of delivering education. “Education spending will be most effective,” Friedman explained, “if it relies on parental choice and private initiative—the building blocks of success throughout our society.”

BY GLENN MOLLETTE: Militant crazy religion, avoid the damage

February 26, 2015

Faith has been a major part of my life for a long time. Belief in God, the Bible and church involvement go way back for me. There is so much about all of it that has shaped and impacted every fiber of my life. A faith relationship with God is peaceful, hopeful, helpful, positive and life changing in so many ways. I've written a lot about faith in articles, books and public messages.

GLENN MOLLETTE: World terrorism serpents - be wary

January 8, 2015

My wife and I were walking an Appalachian path a few months back when a poisonous copperhead snake struck at my wife. The snake was big. My wife was carrying pepper spray and amazingly with one quick move sprayed that deadly serpent. The snake was stunned as we lunged forward to safety. We were so very lucky. Either one of us could have died or lost a limb if that poisonous serpent had been successful. Journalists and cartoonists in a French newsroom were not so lucky this week. They were totally caught off guard by striking terrorists that ended their unsuspecting lives.

ED CANNADAY: Put the money where it's needed

December 1, 2014

As the 54th Legislature comes to a close and we focus on our responsibilities to adjust our legislative agenda to match the economic reality of our state and the political horizon, let us consider some issues that demand our focus.
First, State Treasurer, Ken Miller is challenging his fellow Republican state leaders concerning their attempts to lay the foundation to move our budget to a two-year process.

DR. PAUL KENGOR: The mid-term election: Is Obama still relevant?

November 7, 2014

“Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Tuesday massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.” The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

GLENN MOLLETTE: Mitch McConnell, Change and Hurting America

November 6, 2014

Average America doesn't feel better off today.
More of us are feeling the pain of the newgovernment healthcare laws.  My personalmedical insurance premium will increasein January. My deductible goes from $3,000to $5,000 and my co-pay also goes up. Beginningin January 2015, my medical insurance will bethe worst I've had in my life. I suspect thatduring this past election millions of Americansstarted waking up about Obamacare. The newSenate and House must edit the healthcare laws. 
Allow the very poor of America to be on Medicaidand those with preexisting conditions to buyinto Medicare.

JOHN R. GRAHAM: America is losing its cushion to absorb high levels of healthcare spending

September 10, 2014

One complaint about American health spending is that we spend too much. It usually looks like this: “We spend 17 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care. The next most expensive country is Switzerland, which spends 12 percent.” Put that way, it does seem like we are spending too much. However, it invites another question: Is the five percent extra that we spend on health care taking away from other goods and services we need?

GLENN MOLLETTE: America's problems, be a part of the solution

September 4, 2014

While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.

GLENN MOLLETTE: Labor Day, any day, count your blessings

August 28, 2014

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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