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Local Commentaries

Remaining Relevant In Retirement

When people retire, some may think that means you are now free to drift along and do nothing. That, in my opinion, is a recipe for disaster. The happiest people in retirement I have found are those who still have purpose, want to stay engaged and remain relevant. “Relevant” meaning, in ...

Tax Breaks Helping Rich Get Richer

An extraordinarily cruel pandemic has been extraordinarily good to the rich, especially the super-rich. New billionaires have been coined at the rate of one every 30 hours. For those already in the category, the dollars have risen faster than ever. In the first two years of Covid, the worth of ...

Speaker: Election Integrity Matters

CHAUTAUQUA ­— The theme for the week of July 24-30 at Chautauqua Institution is “The Vote and Democracy.” The week in effect got a head start on July 19, when Mollie Hemmingway, founder and editor-in-chief of the Federalist, addressed “Election Integrity and Why it Matters” before ...

Why Am I Getting A ‘Gap In Coverage’ Penalty?

Question: I have a Part D plan with a new company for 2022. My company just sent me a letter indicating I have a “gap in coverage” between plans and is charging a penalty. What has happened? Answer: Each year Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) and the Prescription Drug plans work ...

Moving On Can Boost Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem

Last article, we met Diane, a recent widow whose call led to a good hour’s worth of telephone labor. She planned to call for an appointment. She was crying miserably. Her call was well-timed. I had an hour before my last client of the day. The severity of her introductory call meant a ...

An Anniversary

It was twenty-eight years ago that my first column appeared in the Jamestown Post-Journal. The column is actually a little older than that. Prior to the publishing by the newspaper, I wrote a column for a small giveaway magazine and did a Search-a-Word puzzle for that. As I began working ...