When I was a little boy and television was a new medium, the most popular weather guy in New York – his name escapes me, but one of you will remember – used to draw some kind of big doodle or cartoon as, occasionally looking back over his shoulder at us viewers, he “did the […]
So here’s what I asked a couple of months back. If perjury is such a big deal — and it is — what about those seven tobacco-company CEOs in 1994, when they raised their right hands and swore to Congress they did not believe nicotine was addictive?
This lie was part of a decades-long attempt […]
I suppose it seems odd to be reading about auto insurance reform — three of last week’s columns — when the whole nation is on the brink of shooting itself in the foot.
I don’t think we will go over the brink, but we sure are coming close. (With brinks, can one ever not?)
Anyone who looks at America’s lawsuit-based auto insurance system has to conclude that, except in Michigan, it provides poor value for the consumer dollar and a terrible surprise for most of the worst-injured victims.
(The surprise: High as the premiums are, the benefits from your lawsuit, when you’re badly hurt, are zilch, if your injury […]
The problem: Consumers pay too much for auto insurance and, if theyre badly hurt, get far too little. In California, for example, consumers pay something like $7 billion for the "people" portion of auto insurance (auto theft and damage are additional). But if theyre badly hurt $100,000 or more in medical expenses and lost […]
Well, the PARADE story on credit cards that many of you helped me with reached 41 million households and generated tens of thousands of requests for more information.
You know those laundry baskets prisoners use to escape from penitentiaries in the movies? They’re under the shirts and get rolled out by unsuspecting guards and then […]
From Dave Davis: “My lunch mate sends me a joke every morning (which he receives from a friend who is an executive at one of the major advertising agencies in Chicago). Here’s the latest …
“Three buddies die in a car crash. They immediately find themselves at orientation in heaven. During this introduction, they are […]
From Paul Langley: “Several days ago I read your column about Linda. I don’t have a solution but please refer Linda to this book that I personally found very helpful. It’s called How to Get What You Want in Life With the Money You Already Have, by Carol Keeffe. Which she can find at […]
Falling into the broad category of “my readers offer much better advice than I do,” here is another of the many compassionate, intelligent responses I got to the column on Linda. It comes from Dianne Duncan:
I just had to respond to Linda’s predicament because 25 years ago, I was exactly in her shoes. […]
From Larry Jensen: "Your shorts of Amazon.com ought to work out. Obviously, people will NOT be using it as a portal for buying everything, since they’ll be too busy buying and selling everything at auction on eBay. Or at least that’s what I see the market saying. I wrote to you last Wednesday, when eBay […]
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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