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Current Commentary: What Playing Gotcha Can Getcha BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

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Banks, credit card companies and other financial services firms made an art of snaring customers in loopholes and walloping them with fine print. Now they’re learning that playing “gotcha” can getcha in the end. The credit card companies, with their love of misleading semantics, ought to have been the first to applaud the linguistic dodge by which President Obama sidestepped …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: What Playing Gotcha Can Getcha BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

Current commentary: A Prosecutor Crosses The Line BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

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The justice system is supposed to protect crime victims. Occasionally, however, prosecutors’ power leads them astray. Kenneth Kratz, the district attorney for Calumet County, Wisconsin, sent repeated texts to a young woman whose boyfriend he was prosecuting for allegedly trying to choke her to death. The texts included propositions and inappropriate comments such as “Have u ever been spoiled by someone? I …

eHeziCurrent commentary: A Prosecutor Crosses The Line BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

Current Commentary: The ‘Southwest Effect’ Expands Its Reach BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

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Yesterday’s announcement that Southwest Airlines plans to acquire AirTran is welcome news for travelers, but it probably made Delta executives choke on their Monday morning coffee. Just last week, Delta lost its place as the largest domestic air carrier when shareholders of United and Continental agreed to merge those companies under the United banner. Not that Delta has been on top for …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: The ‘Southwest Effect’ Expands Its Reach BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

Current Commentary: Defending Privacy Against Border Defenders BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

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Interstates 89 and 91 intersect near White River Junction, Vt., about 90 miles away from the Canadian border. A mile or two farther south, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers occasionally set up roadblocks on I-91. I have been stopped several times in recent years as I drove between my homes in Vermont and New York. Each time, a uniformed …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: Defending Privacy Against Border Defenders BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

Current Commentary: If Things Are Getting Better, Why Are We So Miserable? BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

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You have heard by now that the recession is officially over. Do you feel like celebrating? Probably not. This week’s announcement from theNational Bureau of Economic Research confirmed what we already knew, which is that the Great Recession has been over for quite a while – officially, now, since June 2009. The downturn that began in November 2007 therefore lasted 18 months, …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: If Things Are Getting Better, Why Are We So Miserable? BY Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®

Current Commentary: The Best Anti-Smoking Tool Might Be Cigarettes BY Larry M. Elkin

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On its face, a recent government report seems to show that our national effort to discourage smoking has stalled. But there is more than one way to look at the numbers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of American adults who smoke has held relatively steady for the past five years, at around 21%. According to …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: The Best Anti-Smoking Tool Might Be Cigarettes BY Larry M. Elkin

Current Commentary: As Primary Smoke Clears, Election Scene Looks the Same BY Larry M. Elkin

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For all the noise and drama about Tea Party upsets and anti-incumbent fervor during the primaries, the outlook for the upcoming congressional elections appears very much the same as it did early this year. Most of the pundits have since come around to the view I expressed here in February that Republicans are likely to win control of the House of …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: As Primary Smoke Clears, Election Scene Looks the Same BY Larry M. Elkin

Getting Closer to Consensus on Gay Rights

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In one remarkable summer, three federal judges in three very different parts of the country have struck down laws depriving homosexual Americans of rights everyone else takes for granted. This is what an emerging consensus looks like.

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Current Commentary: Obama Offers to Hold the Football BY Larry M. Elkin

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President Obama desperately wants American businesses to play ball. His latest economic game plan is aimed largely at tapping into nearly $2 trillion reportedly parked in corporate coffers. But when the president calls on executives to get in the game, they immediately picture Lucy offering to hold the football for Charlie Brown – with themselves as the round-headed fall guy. Business leaders …

eHeziCurrent Commentary: Obama Offers to Hold the Football BY Larry M. Elkin