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Don't change plans lightly

Most people know that plans made by a soldier while on active duty aren't worth their weight in thought space, which, incidentally, is weightless.

November 08, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


It's time to reincarnate that old TV

Give computers, cell phones, batteries and a host of other out-of-date equipment another chance at life on Nov. 20 Our next quarterly Recycle It! Fair is the perfect opportunity to get rid of technological devices and accessories taking up valuable storage space in your home. The timing is perfect - ditch unused household items to make space for new electronics and appliances that may be on your Christmas wish list.

November 08, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Remember goals during open enrollment

November is a popular month for "open enrollment" - that time when you can choose from the options offered in your employer's benefits package. By making the right moves in some key areas - such as your 401(k) and life insurance - you can help protect your family and boost your progress toward your long-term financial goals.

November 05, 2010 | Written for Matt Cardella Column | Advice/Columnists


Revolutionary War hero is buried again

Regional history buffs celebrated a significant event Oct. 23 at Mallow Plantation at Pine Harbor in McIntosh County. Lt. Col. John McIntosh, best known as the commander of the Continental Troops at Fort Morris in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War, was interred for a third time.

November 01, 2010 | By Margie Love Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Gold diggers target soldiers? Get real

There's a stereotype following young military wives around, regardless of how often one proves it false.

November 01, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Redeployment adjustments are not easy

I remember the day so well - like it was yesterday. The wheels of the 707 jet airliner hit the runway at Sea-Tac Airport that evening in darkness. The sound of silence inside the filled-to-capacity plane was deafening. Literally, you could have heard a pin drop. And then wild hysteria broke out. Shouts of joy filled the cabin as emotion overcame every GI on board. They had been holding back for more than a year.

November 01, 2010 | By John Scherer Guest columnist | Advice/Columnists


Garbage cans will haunt us for years

Trash. Garbage. Waste. Rubbish. Refuse. Debris. Whatever you call it, it is a significant problem. Waste that is not disposed of properly can overwhelm our lives. Have you ever seen pictures of places like France, where workers currently are on strike and the garbage is not being picked up? It just accumulates. When you see mountains of uncollected trash on streets and curbs, it is easy to understand how much waste we create every day. Studies consistently show that Americans - yes, we are the trashiest of all - create anywhere from four to seven pounds of trash a day per person ...

November 01, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Investing doesn't have to be scary

If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you're unlikely to encounter too many monsters after Halloween ends. Yet as you go through life, you will find some things that are truly alarming - such as scary investment moves.

October 29, 2010 | For Matt Cardella | Advice/Columnists


Keeping skeletons in closet often OK

Q: My ex-husband and I aren't friendly. Ours was his second marriage. His first marriage produced a child, but when he and his first wife divorced, he renounced all parental rights. Our son is now 16. I always hoped he'd tell our son about his first marriage, his other son and how his alcoholism played the biggest role in our divorce, but he never has. I've had chats about the divorce with our son, but I'm wondering if I should tell him about his half-brother. I don't want my son to find out later and ...

October 27, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Mark Red Ribbon Week, fight drug use

"I am drug free" is the theme for this year's Red Ribbon Week, which is Oct. 23-31. The Red Ribbon Campaign, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the perfect opportunity for community members to unite and take a stand against substance abuse by wearing a red ribbon.

October 27, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Procrastinating the day away

Perhaps the most beloved modern technology of the procrastinator is the snooze button. I usually push mine at least three times each morning before I finally feel obligated to roll out of bed.

October 25, 2010 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Urban forests provide many benefits

October is National NeighborWoods Month, which was created to celebrate the value of trees, particularly in urban areas. The funny thing is that with more and more people living in towns and cities, the more we need an "urban canopy" of trees. Towns, cities and neighborhoods benefit from trees because they provide more than shade and beauty. Trees are more than just pretty faces. Trees have value and the Alliance for Community Trees wants to help Americans understand the value trees add to our living spaces.

October 25, 2010 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Watch for taxes during retirement

Wouldn't it be nice if, after decades of hard work and saving, you could retire without worrying about paying taxes? Alas, that'll probably never happen.

October 21, 2010 | By Jason Alderman Practical money skills | Advice/Columnists


Teasing others is sign of insecurity

Q: My 10-year-old daughter has been asking for a year now to shave her legs. So far I have said no, mainly because putting a razor in the hands of a 10-year-old doesn't seem safe. Though she is small for her age and not even close to starting puberty, her legs really are quite hairy and she gets teased about them sometimes. I don't want to promote vanity, but I hate to see her self-conscious over something that is simple to fix. Is it totally inappropriate for a girl her age to be shaving her legs? If so ...

October 20, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Protect yourself, family from pneumonia

Under doctors' orders, American singer and actress Liza Minnelli and Canadian folk singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn recently were forced to cancel multiple shows on their ongoing tours because of severe bouts of pneumonia. Both performers are in their mid-60s and, fortunately, are doing well now, although Cockburn's recovery took a little longer due to an extended hospital stay for a partially collapsed lung.

October 20, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists


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