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GUEST COLUMNIST: Conservation districts: powerhouses of economic benefit

GUEST COLUMNIST: Conservation districts: powerhouses of economic benefit

By SUSAN SPENCER Guest Columnist It’s a little-known fact that conservation districts are virtual powerhouses of economic benefit. They bring hundreds of thousands of dollars into communities — all in service to private landowners. Moreover, this service is offered to residents across the political and economic spectrum. Whether the service is an agricultural management plan, erosion control, invasive […]

The importance of a Christ centered education

The importance of a Christ centered education

Education page coordinator note: This is a continuing series of columns written by area students on their feelings about education. Today Manistee Catholic Central recent graduate Makayla Sanchez is featured with the speech she gave on graduation night about what a Catholic education means to her. Just a few days ago on our senior retreat, […]

STEVE TRUMBLE: How to escape the medical care debt trap

By STEVE TRUMBLE Los Angeles Times (MCT) — The single biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States isn’t job loss or irresponsible use of credit. It’s medical expenses. An analysis this year by NerdWallet Health (click here) found that about 60 percent of all bankruptcies are health-related. And a comprehensive study by Harvard researchers who […]

CARL LEVIN: Wall Street firms avoided taxes, took on big risks

CARL LEVIN: Wall Street firms avoided taxes, took on big risks

By CARL LEVIN Guest Columnist In recent years, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, has exposed tax avoidance by profitable corporations and wealthy individuals. We also have examined reckless behavior that has put the stability of the financial system – and by extension, the U.S. economy – at risk. In late July, […]

JIM HIGHTOWER: Citigroup’s $7 billion wrist slap

When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged. “We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat […]

Get to know the faces and facts of disability

By VONDA VANTIL  Social Security public affairs specialist Perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program is disability insurance, often referred to as SSDI. Some people mistakenly think that beneficiaries are “on the dole” and getting easy money for minor impairments. That’s not the case. There are two ways to understand the truth about disability. One […]