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“Social-distancing” is the phrase of the day, and what it pretty much means is staying away from people while America shuts down, the economy gets clobbered and death seeks out at a million, maybe 2 million of us. The issue is coronavirus, the fear is contagion and a primary solution is surc…

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Dear Dave: Should you still pay debts that are in collections, even if they have been dropped from your credit report? The one in question is from 2011, and I assume it isn’t showing on the credit report anymore because it’s nine years old. — Sam

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A friend tweeted from Ireland (in time for St. Patrick’s Day), blaming President Donald Trump for the major decline in the value of stocks. This same friend credited Barack Obama’s economic policies when the Dow Jones Industrial Averages approached 30,000.

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Dear Dave: We live in Colorado, and we need some advice on protecting our assets. My wife is a teacher, and I’m a nurse. We make around $180,000 a year combined, and we’re set to pay off our home next month. We also have two teenagers who are both driving, so we were wondering about the best…

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Dear Dave: I went through a divorce a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure what to do next. I received custody of our kids, ages 13 and 15, plus I have a good job and I got the house in the settlement. It’s a nice, simple home, but it’s paid for and worth about $200,000. I receive $1,400 a…

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In case all the election talk distracted you from this tidbit, a guy walked on a high wire across a live volcano this week.

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Spend time in the marketplace and you’ll have many close encounters of the third kind with the most interesting species in all of nature: the human customer. And as we’ve learned, the nature of this being isn’t much different from other animals: All need to breathe, eat, drink, procreate and…

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Dear Dave: My husband and I had our first child in December. We bought a house not long before the baby was born, and since then we’ve been getting mail and phone calls about buying mortgage protection insurance. We’re both 27, we have good jobs, and our mortgage is $105,000. Would it be a g…

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The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas on Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president.

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Dear Dave: My husband passed away last year at just 45 years old. We always tried to be careful with our money, and we were in good enough shape financially that I paid for his funeral with cash. A few days ago, I started getting letters from the funeral homes in town encouraging me to pre-p…

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From time to time, there are atrocities that are so atrocious that their atrociousness goes well beyond previous atrociousnessities that had previously been considered in the realm of atrociousable.

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“For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.”

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It’s egregious excess time. Old norms have gone into hiding, common sense has taken a walk, wisdom is on vacation and fundamental principles have been shooed out of the room. The center does not hold and neither does anything else, least of all Donald Trump, who spends his energetic days sli…

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Dear Dave: My husband and I are on Baby Step 3b, and we’re saving for a house. We’re out of debt and both of us make good money, plus we each have 20-year level term life insurance policies with coverage equaling 10 times our individual incomes. We also have an emergency fund equal to six mo…

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For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation.

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After the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, he continued to assert that he did absolutely nothing wrong. This is almost certainly not true. In fact, his acquittal was supported by the compliance of a significant number of Republican senators who conceded that Trump …

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Dear Dave: I’m beginning to think we got in over our heads with our house. My wife and I make about $125,000 a year combined, but we’ve never been able to put anything aside for an emergency fund. Our mortgage payment is 35 percent of our take home pay each month. We have two young children,…

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Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Donald Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun.

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Dear Dave: We’re debt-free except for our home, and we’ll have our fully-funded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses, we’ve agreed on six months’ worth, saved up by the end of February. We’re also setting aside a little each month to buy a newer car with cash later. We’re about …

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It’s kind of interesting that the central goal of Democrats in the wild-and-wooly Capitol impeachment hearings is to use their misapplied, blistering power to ruin the reelection chances of Republican President Donald Trump. Their central case against Trump is that this is the kind of thing …

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Dear Dave: I’m trying very hard to get out of debt. I have my beginner emergency fund in place, and I’m living on a monthly budget. Is it OK to include a little wallet cash in my budget at this point, just in case? — Andrew

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The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signa…

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Shortly after the 9 / 11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush and other officials told Americans to go back to life as usual. The messa…

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The Gadsden Times on 2020 elections continuing despite other disruptions due to the coronavirus:

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As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s an important federal program whose needs mus…

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In his novel “Roots,” Alex Haley wrote: “Omoro told Kunta that three groups of people lived in every village. First were those you could see —…

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It seems a former resident of the fair city of Florence attended, or at least applauded, the recent Wine Fest held in Florence. The reference …

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To the person who called and said that marijuana was the first drug that anyone tries before they go into the harder drugs, I beg to differ. T…

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When liberal Democrats and animal rights groups start to condemn the practice of abortion, then we all can have a discussion on moral values.

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Russellville needs a ban on parking in the front yards. There are more cars in the front yards than there are in the car lots. And another thi…

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