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Tax time: Better to laugh than cry

Tax season is upon us, which gives us a choice: Laugh or cry. I choose to laugh.
Dave Barry offers useful advice for getting through this trying time:
“It’s income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.”
You got that right, Dave! For the sin of being self-employed, I spend hours navigating a sea of receipts, which I share with my CPA, who tells me I owe $5,000 more than I feared I would.
That’s why this quote from an anonymous pro athlete resonates with me:

Jim Brown

Lowering auto insurance rates in Louisiana!

Statewide elections are six months away, so after ignoring Louisiana’s outrageously high insurance rates for the past three years, legislators are running for cover. Two study commissions have been created, one by the governor and another by the insurance department, for the purpose of finding ways to lower the cost of auto insurance. So to be of help and having a bit of background in dealing with insurance issues, I have the solution. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Do one thing. Enforce the existing laws.

Danny Tyree

Are men’s suits on the endangered list?

My octogenarian aunt has spoken wistfully of one of her older relatives who had operated a boarding house and required college students to show up for breakfast wearing suit and necktie.
Slob that I am, I nonetheless take vicarious pleasure in watching footage of crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin nattily dressed as they belt out songs with intelligible lyrics.

Rich Manieri

New Zealand and our social media conundrum

It isn’t Facebook’s fault that a gunman went on a murderous rampage and killed 50 people at two New Zealand mosques.
Social media abets evil. It doesn’t create it.
And now we wonder why the beast we’ve unleashed and fed has turned on us.
The prime minister of New Zealand, along with the leaders of other countries, is calling on social media outlets to do a better job — or a job — of policing their content. Asking Facebook or Twitter to be more discerning is sort of like throwing buckets of chum to hungry sharks and asking them not to eat too fast.

God chose her to be a beggar

Sister Margaret Mary didn’t think she was up to the job.
Nine years ago, during her 40th year of religious service, she had been assigned the most difficult role of her life: full-time beggar at the Little Sisters of the Poor retirement residence in Pittsburgh.
Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) is a Roman Catholic order founded in France in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan. Its mission is to care for the elderly poor in their last chapter of life. Today, 172 LSP homes in 31 countries serve nearly 12,000 aged poor.

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