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One of the benefits of serving as editor of a local weekly paper is the opportunity to meet an awful lot of awfully nice people. more
Every year we have attended the county administrator’s budget workshop with his staff. Last year was difficult, as needs were great and money very tight. Despite that, three of the five county commissioners refused to put a sales tax on the ballot to begin paying for deferred maintenance and other vital needs. more
Summer vacation is the highlight of most kids’ year – the time when they get to sleep over at friends’ houses, hang out at the pool and make memories for a lifetime. It’s important, however, to keep your child mentally stimulated this summer to prevent a serious risk to their education: summer learning loss. more
While we think of summer as a time of rest and relaxation, your heart has to work harder than usual as we expose ourselves to the summer sun. Heat and humidity create extra strain on your heart, so it’s important to protect your circulatory system during this time of year, especially if you have heart disease. With a few simple precautions, though, you can stay heart-healthy while enjoying the outdoors. more
“Oh, my!” The trademark exclamation coined by Dick Enberg, one of the most prominent and respected play-by-play sports announcers in network television history, is a good way to express what happened in the financial markets since Donald Trump won the presidential election. more
As you’ve most likely heard, the U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to secure the number of votes needed to pass a bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and replaced it with a new national health plan. While a new bill is now making its way through Congress, it appears that the current plan will be with us a bit longer. That is probably not good news for young people who don’t want to buy health insurance (or pay a penalty if they don’t buy it) nor for people who secure their health insurance through their employer and have seen their costs increase dramatically since the Act became law; these two groups would have benefitted under the House bill that didn’t pass. more
It has been my experience that many CPAs are not proactive enough in saving their clients tax dollars. During my 32 years as a financial advisor, I can count on one hand how many times a CPA suggested a tax-reduction strategy for my clients. more
Reader responds to travel article on Cuba more
On May 9, the Citizen’s Traffic Task Force (CTTF) released comments that identified the next steps following the recent Ponte Vedra Beach Traffic Study public hearing that was conducted by the NFTPO: “Now that the NFTPO and its consultants have completed the study, they will incorporate public comments received at the hearing, in writing, or via their website into a final report to be presented to the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners.” more
In most service professions, I argue that the number one reason companies and people fail is that they cannot effectively communicate the value of the product. This communication phenomenon is arguably most prevalent in the financial service industry. more
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