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  • Cash in on Your Life

    Cash in on Your Life
    Kenneth Sahs, 71, faced a once-in-a-lifetime decision last year. His $500,000 convertible term life insurance policy would soon expire. Sahs could drop it and get nothing or convert it to universal life, a form of cash-value insurance, and take on $12,000...
  • Junk-food tax idea is gaining weight

    "Sin taxes" on cigarettes have turned out to be the most effective weapon in the campaign to reduce smoking. Why not try it on Flamin' Hot Cheetos, vanilla Coke and Twinkies? With increasing vigor, public health experts and think tanks are calling for...
  • Newport News redevelopment plans: Will $14 million in taxpayer funds revitalize the Southeast community?

    Newport News redevelopment plans: Will $14 million in taxpayer funds revitalize the Southeast community?
    NEWPORT NEWS — The city is so far spending $14 million of taxpayer dollars to redevelop a 12-block section of the Southeast Community, a neighborhood that struggles with crime and blight. City officials said even more city tax money will be spent...
  • Home sales plunge 41%

    Home sales plunge 41%
    Peninsula-area home sales plunged 41 percent in November, compared to November 2009. That's because home buyers this time last year were rushing to buy to qualify for federal first-time homebuyer tax credits of up to $8,000 before the offer expired. That...
  • Letters to the editor

    The attacks of 9/11 Re "Adjusting to 9/11," editorial, Sept. 11 The Times writes: "As just one example, is the degree of danger posed by the theoretical possibility that terrorists might put a 'dirty bomb' in a shipping container really great enough...
  • On for-profit colleges; people on welfare and where they spend their money; and Jonah Goldberg's views on the GOP and upcoming elections

    For, and against, for-profit colleges Re "The for-profit college bubble," Opinion, July 13 So-called for-profit colleges should not be allowed to play their shell game with taxpayer money. As things stand, such institutions are just one more mechanism...
  • A spending cap for California?

    A spending cap for California?
    Today's topic: While Sacramento does have a revenue problem, it also has trouble controlling spending. Given the Legislature's utter inability to restrain spending in good years, shouldn't any budget-reform measure contain a spending cap? The myth of...
  • Obama's double standard on bailouts?

    Obama's double standard on bailouts?
    Today's topic: Is there a good reason for keeping the Obama administration intimately involved in the firms it aids in Detroit but not the firms on Wall Street? Complete Dust-Up: Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 Why good governments don't run industries Point:...
  • D.A.R.E. generation wants marijuana legalized

    D.A.R.E. generation wants marijuana legalized
    D.A.R.E. America Chairman Skip Miller writes in his Jan. 28 Times Op-Ed article, "Don’t legalize marijuana," that his organization has been successful in its efforts to reduce illegal drug use in the U.S. by educating schoolchildren. Indeed,...
  • Bailout handouts

    When the House balked at the Bush administration's $700-billion plan to aid Wall Street, stocks plummeted and the credit crisis intensified. Key lending rates skyrocketed, threatening to drive even more adjustable-rate mortgages into default. General...
  • Fixing the economy

    President-elect Barack Obama sounded more like a candidate than an incumbent this week when he talked about his plans to tighten the federal belt in addition to stimulating the moribund economy. "We're still going to have to make some tough choices," he...