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Schools Should Be #1 Priority
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created problems for the economy.  Businesses and individuals have taken a hit; so have governmental units.  It's certainly a time for being careful about spending; but we believe cutting funding for education is not a good idea--even when money is tight.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Riding Life's Roller Coaster
Riding life’s roller coaster can be fun, thrilling, exhausting, and interesting – all at the same time.  Birth and death are life-changing events, especially if we are close to those involved.
Friday, May 22, 2020

EMS Week
This is EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Saving Early & Letting Time Work For You
The earlier you start pursuing financial goals, the better your outcome may be.
Monday, May 18, 2020

The Balance
Every day, there is a balancing act you live out – a give and take.  You wake up, get ready for your day, and head off into the blue-skied surroundings either bleary-eyed or fully awake. 
Friday, May 15, 2020

William Keever, A Multitalented Man
Today’s column is in memory of my friend, Bill Keever. Bill died a few days ago and I can still remember the day we sat in his living room for this interview.
Sunday, May 10, 2020

Chloe's Pocketful Of Happiness
Chloe worked in retail, and it had apparently been very challenging.  When I asked her what the problem was, she said, “Some people are just so rude, Dad!”
Friday, May 8, 2020

Blood Drive Numbers Low
We are a city of 10,000 people, and while a significant number of people aren’t eligible to donate for a variety of reasons, I struggle to believe we can’t get more than five people to donate, especially with these drives being so infrequent right now.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Pullbacks, Corrections, And Bear Markets
The COVID-19 outbreak has put tremendous pressure on stock prices, prompting some investors to blindly and indiscriminately sell positions at a time when the entire market is trending lower.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Our Honeymoon In Hawaii
Read as Paulette tells about this trip to Hawaii where they visited the USS Arizona Memorial and how one veteran told the story of the attack through his eyes.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Did You Ever Wonder "Why?"
Well now that is a good question... She was a keeper... Keeper of stuff... People laughed at her... But she laughed back... Back every time someone was in need... In need of something she had...
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Point Out The Good
Whatever you water, grows.  Whatever you feed, grows.  If you point out the good in other people, they will tend to do more good.  If you point out the bad in other people, they will tend to do more bad.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Oil Prices Forecast Hard Times Ahead
I have, as the old saying goes, some good news and some bad news.  Unfortunately, the bad news is most significant.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This Too Shall Pass
When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, will we have to live forever with a 'new normal'--or will life return to much as it was only a few months ago?
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Thank You!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in our community have shown great kindness toward others by their actions.  Some have contributed to the food programs; others have done other things to help their neighbors.  This letter to the editor is an expression of thanks for one act of kindness.
Saturday, April 25, 2020

What's Your Resiliency Frequency?
What makes you resilient?  What makes you keep getting back up when life knocks you down?  When do you most feel “in the zone”? 
Friday, April 24, 2020

Key Provisions Of The CARES Act
Recently, the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing key provisions that may benefit retirees.
Monday, April 20, 2020

Thank You!
A thank you letter to all of the community's 'essential workers' during the difficult times like this pandemic from the Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

You Build Life
Day-to-day life is built in between the peaks of success in your life.  We’ve talked in the past about living from peak to peak experiences, about surviving and growing in the valleys, and about the ways to keep your big picture in perspective. 
Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID-19: Opinion & A History Lesson
Is it politics or healthcare?  Some are calling for an end to the restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic; others fear that the relaxation could produce another wave of infections.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Life Of Two Chairs
Are they just chairs... They are metal yard chairs... Porch chairs maybe... If these chairs could talk...
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Kindness In A Cup
She never yelled, never screamed, and never let the kids see if she got flustered.  She always exhibited kindness to the students in her care and to those of us who had the privilege of working with her as colleagues.
Friday, April 10, 2020

More Thoughts On COVID-19
America is at a crossroads: on the one side is the need to halt the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus; on the other is the need to preserve our freedom.  The choices are not as simple as some would claim--and the conspiracy theories are doing no good--but potentially a LOT of harm.
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Surviving Or Succeeding?
One of our needs as people is to survive, but if we settle only for survival, we give up a lot.  In agreeing to merely survive, we wind up living by someone else’s terms, instead of our own.  Are there other options?  Yes, of course!  You can succeed.  You can thrive.  You can use obstacles as your staircase to living out your full potential.
Friday, April 3, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years.
Monday, March 30, 2020

Order Or Not, They're Not Staying At Home
A statewide 'stay at home' order takes effect Monday at 5 PM. Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston counties already have a local 'stay at home' edict in effect. From what we saw Saturday (March 28th), most people may not totally ignore the virus--but they aren't staying at home.
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Faith Is A Weapon
Faith is so important in all wars... Faith looks for the good in each of us... We are in this war together... We will win together... Faith is a wonderful weapon...
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stretched Door Spring And You
Another adventure with Marty Reep, a native of Western Lincoln County, when he was a kid and the spring on his grandparents' back porch door.
Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Spreads; Responses Vary
Is this 'the new normal'?  God forbid!
Sunday, March 22, 2020

When You...But God
Have you ever felt stressed, worrisome, or unsure?  Does it seem like you’ve awakened in the middle of an episode of The Twilight Zone?
Friday, March 20, 2020

Random Thoughts On COVID-19
Some selfish individuals are hoarding essential items--perhaps fearing that things will get so bad they won't be able to get any more.  Others are trying to help their neighbors during these difficult times.  Here are some random thoughts on how we're handling COVID-19.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Is Calm To Come After The Storm?
We ran this article March 7th.  Given the continued decline of stocks and the changes that have occurred in the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it worthwhile to repeat it now.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New I.R.S. Contribution Limits
The I.R.S. just announced the annual contribution limits on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other widely used retirement plan accounts for 2020. Here’s a quick look at them.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Being A Bail Bondsman Can Be Risky Business
Fortunately, I’ve never needed a bail bondsman, but after interviewing Mark Derr, owner/agent of Day and Night Bail Bonds, I know what one could expected. I spent an hour with Derr and walked away with information overload regarding what he does.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Appreciating Beauty
There are so many things around us that are full of beauty.  Focusing on the beautiful things helps keep us thinking in terms of the greatness of life that holds us in the hands of eternity.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: A Lesson In Fear
The worldwide effect of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues.  The number of people infected grows every day; and the world's economy suffered.  Here are some of our thoughts on the current situation.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Fed Cuts Interest Rates As Coronavirus & Fears Spread
The stock market rebounded on Monday, then fell again Tuesday; the Fed cut  interest rates, the first so-called emergency cut since 2008; the coronavirus is continuing to spread.  Some are quickly adopting a doomsday attitude.  This isn't prophecy--just news analysis, but it may help to calm your fears.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tremendous Gains Since 2009
Where were you on March 9, 2009? Do you remember the headwinds hitting Wall Street then? When the closing bell rang at the New York Stock Exchange that Monday afternoon, it marked the end of another down day for equities.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Patricia Skinner Retiring After 25 Years At Gaston
Dr. Patricia Skinner announced her plans to retire as president of Gaston College last year.  The time for her departure has arrived--but she feels good about what she's leaving behind for her successor.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

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