Wake Up Call In the Banking Industry

“Instead of fine print that hides the truth, we need credit card forms and statements that have plain language in plain sight, and we need to give people the tools they need to find a credit card that meets their needs.” President Obama I couldn’t...

Give Us Our Tax Refunds!

What the state calls a “temporary backlog” is causing large scale delays in getting people their North Carolina tax refunds.At issue is a cash flow problem. The state doesn’t have enough revenue on hand to pay out tax returns, so it is tapping special accounts to pay...

And the bailout list grows….

“Six months after its initial rescue of American International Group Inc., the government is no closer to an exit strategy for its entanglement with the troubled insurance company.” I can only imagine how many Americans listened to the news tonight of yet...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

As always, I ate Sunday breakfast listening to “This Week” hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Today’s guest was Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget Director. Orszag said ..The President’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal may increase...

A Brilliant Idea

I have a brilliant idea…Why not give every American citizen 1 million dollars from the $838 billion dollars that is being dispersed as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package….and allow us to decide how it is spent. I promise you that the average...

A Strong Sense Of Community

As the going gets tough, crime is on the rise even in our little mountain town. It’s sad when local folks are feeling so desperate they’re resorting to criminal acts. Whether it’s shoplifting, or embezzling money from their employer or armed...

Advertisers…Read This!

My last column talked about my frustration with all the negative headlines in the news media.Even after I wrote my column, I was stewing about it. There are good things happening…but they take a back seat to all the miserable depressing news. Yesterday, I was...

News Media…Read This Now!

Read the paper…listen to the news lately? The headlines are enough to make you want to crawl back into bed and bury yourself under the blankets.The economic forecast is bleak and miserable…According to the news media, we are heading for something worse...