Massachusetts Congressman Studds is leaving the House after 26 years. Voluntarily. (He won with 69% of the vote the last time out.)
His farewell non-fundraising letter contained much that was wise and classy (or maybe it was just such a joy to get a letter from a politician that didn’t ask for money), but I […]
The thing is, you have to have money to make money and save money to have money. And to do that — get out of debt and save money — you have to live beneath your means.
One key element of this is to stop buying things out of obligation. Buy things because you need […]
Did you read Geraldine Fabrikant’s profile of SunAmerica Chairman Eli Broad (rhymes with road) a few weeks ago? Man’s built a heck of a company, heck of an art collection. But what really got me, near the end, was where she reported on his recent purchase of a Roy Lichtenstein for $2.4 million with his […]
So here is this company that does . . . well, something, my broker’s not sure quite what, but it’s got a sexy symbol — DNA — and it had risen from just under 4 a year ago to 28 last month and 55 a few days ago. I had never heard of this New […]
About the scariest, most dangerous thing you can do is short stocks. So please don’t take what follows as a recommendation that you do so.
But it’s hard to watch Iomega or Presstek or quite a few others bound up six points a day without at least thinking about it. Iomega’s low last year was […]
1. We have a tremendous dependence on foreign oil.
2. Our foreign-trade deficit remains huge.
3. Reducing the budget deficit is a major national priority, agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans.
4. The tax on gasoline is dramatically lower in the U.S. than almost anywhere else.
5. We’ve largely lost interest in […]
I’m pleased to see IBM stock has tripled since Lew Gerstner took over. And I’m pleased to be typing this on one of my three IBM Thinkpads. (Don’t ask.)
IBM has done great things for this country and this world, and I’m happy about its resurgence.
But c’mon! The horror stories! Not that IBM is […]
I am not one of those who bash the U.S. Postal Service. First class mail is a bargain at 32 cents (although with e-mail and electronic bill-paying I use less and less of it). The postal carriers really do deliver in the worst kind of weather, and I don’t believe it for a minute when […]
Looking for a way to save money? The E in POTATO stands for “excellent.”
Microwave a big one until really mushy, with the skin all thick and wrinkled . . . add lots of salt and pepper and a tall glass of V8 . . . and you’ve got a healthy fat-free lunch for about […]
Some say money is the root of all evil; others, quoting George Bernard Shaw, that lack of money is the root of all evil. (I say: since the matter is in dispute, may as well have it than not.)
But if we’re looking for the root of evil and for fundamental problems, why start with […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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