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If you don't believe me, think of the annoying friend you have that is always complaining about minor things, from whom you hear nothing but an endless stream of tedious whining. Now think about Waldorf and Statler from the Muppet Show, complaining … more
John McClaughryThe sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn't over but some useful lessons are emerging.This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called "the Cadillac tax". Starting in 2018, plans with … more
Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He's got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers and real-estate interpreters, who all frantically flapping and … more
When diagnosed with a serious condition, many people turn to complementary or integrative medicine. The word "complementary" means "in addition to." In the case of medicine, it refers to a variety of practices that may be used along with standard … more
Editor's Note: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed the "Shield Law for Journalists" bill at the Statehouse last Wednesday. The law protects journalists from having to reveal confidential sources and information received. Paul Heintz, a member of the … more
The Republican Party has survived — and even thrived — for decades on what I like to call carrot issues. The carrot is a simple metaphor for the thing (religious freedom, gun rights, voter fraud) that they hang in front of the electorate … more
Index funds are a financial tsunami, disrupting Wall Street, mutual fund companies, and brokers and advisors with their low fees and long-term out-performance. Considered a fringe concept in the 1970's, the majority of new money being invested is … more
The Washington Post reports that the number of baby boomers now retiring daily is up to 10,000. It was 6,000 during the recession. The number of Americans aged 65 or older that aren't in the labor force rose by 800,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016, … more
When my daughter was 4, she once asked, "Do mice get cavities?" We were coming back from the dentist, so teeth were on her mind and so were mice, since her pet mouse had recently escaped. Later in the day, she asked if ducks had teeth; such is the … more
Picture this: Sit on the floor with your knees pulled up halfway to your chest wearing nothing more than your underwear. You can't sit up straight because the space is only 3' 3" high. How long can you sit like this? Five minutes; 10 minutes, maybe … more
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