“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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For those of you that have followed this column since my father began it, you probably recall that my father would occasionally use it as a platform to discuss sports—controversies, predictions, or simply venting over the latest win or loss. You may also have realized that, since I have taken over...
Do you know what millionaires say is the number one tool for building wealth? Is it single stocks? Nope. How about real estate? Guess again. What about an inheritance? Not even close.   The answer, according to our National Study of Millionaires, is the 401(k). In fact, eight out of 10...
 If you’re a parent, here’s something we’re both passionate about: making sure your kids have a great future. I want to help you and your kids get ready for life after high school so they can continue to college (and beyond) with a plan and a purpose. And a huge part of that is paying for school...
Q: Why are suicide rates increasing in the United States? A: In the last two decades, suicide rates are on the rise, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The federal agency reports more than 47...
“Marriage Stew” I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew—and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both Peter and me. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how tricky the whole process of finding...
You may recognize the internet-made famous line “There are too many damn snakes on this damn plane” from the aptly named (and, personally, unwatched) movie, “Snakes on a Plane.” Well, that about sums up my thoughts thus far on the presidential campaigns—especially on the Progressive side: “There...
Live like your income hasn’t changed Dear Dave, I’ll be graduating from college in December, and I’ll have a job waiting for me that pays $50,000 a year. This will bring our household income up to about $95,000. The problem is we’ve got $18,000 in student loan debt, $2,500 in credit card debt,...
By Zack Friedman Want to cancel your student loan debt? One U.S. senator says focus instead on these three ways to tackle your student loan debt. Here’s what you need to know. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says that if you want to tackle student loan debt, cancelling student loan debt is not the...
Our world is more connected than ever. In a lot of ways, this is a good thing. In an instant, I can send a tweet from my office in Washington, D.C., or post a photo to Instagram from my farm in New Hartford. These are just a couple ways I keep my constituents informed about how I’m working for them...
“Blessings in Disguise” They say that blessings come in disguise. If so, my blessings are poorly disguised. They show up wearing false noses and funny eyeglasses and are instantly recognizable unless I am being completely thick-headed—and it is astonishing how often I am. I had a really bad year...

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