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America’s Addiction Epidemic: Can You Get Addicted To Opioids If You Take Two Pain Pills?

The above question came from a young friend who had surgery following a gardening accident. My response: I don’t think so, especially if you have never taken opioids before. Accidents will and do happen! About two weeks ago, my young friend was helping a local landscaper with a yard project. Before the day ended, he … Continue reading

U.S. Gas Prices Are Up the First 30 Days of 2018

Here’s one of my top of mind questions for this morning: What’s been happening with gas prices during the first 30 days of Calendar Year 2018? For a quick answer, I went to GasBuddy.com and created this chart: Today’s U.S. average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.589. That’s 3 ¢ higher than yesterday, … Continue reading

Tech Note: Patent Issued for Cloaking Technology

If you are a fan of Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Stargate, you should be familiar with the term cloaking device. How many times have the Star Trek space ships found themselves suddenly surrounded by known enemies, like the Klingon empire, who used cloaking devices to hide their presence in a particular part of the … Continue reading

MLK Day 2018 Finds Me Reviewing the United States Constitution

As we are working our way through the first month of this new year, we are approaching the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday on Monday, January 15, 2017. This special holiday honors King who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and … Continue reading

Numbers – 64%: Americans Who Support Legalizing Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana is one of the least polarizing issues in America! This statement was made by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s long-running political talk show, Meet the Press, (aired on January 7, 2018). This finding comes as the Trump Administration has rescinded an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing charges against marijuana users … Continue reading

Be Sure These Two Persons Are On Your Team In 2018

It’s Week 2 of Calendar Year (CY) 2018. My morning ritual usually includes listening to and/or watching various news and talk shows while eating breakfast, working on a particular task or project, checking email, reviewing social media updates, writing, etc. It’s no surprise that during the first week of 2018, most of the morning shows … Continue reading

Standard mileage rate and new business-use vehicle depreciation limits increase for 2018

There has been much discussion about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that was passed by Congress last month and signed into law by President Trump. While many are discussing the expected reduction in tax rates beginning in 2018, here are two changes in the tax laws that you may or may not be aware … Continue reading

Gas Prices Are Up At The Beginning of 2018

My last post on gas prices, Christmas 2017 Gas Prices Expected To Be Higher Than Last Year, was published on December 20, 2017. At that time, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.444. Holiday travel for Christmas and New Year have concluded and show a rise of about 4 cents per gallon for … Continue reading

Happy New Year 2018

“We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and It’s first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (Author: Unknown)   Let’s get started!