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Today's Features

  • Yield is a flexible term. One of the most important things to know when you’re considering a bond investment is its yield. However, there are several ways to measure a bond’s yield, and some are more useful than others for understanding a bond’s true value.

    When someone tells you a bond yields, say 5 percent, you should make sure you know exactly what they’re referring to.

  • Some people might call me a skeptic. Maybe I am but I am in agreement with good old Benjamin Franklin, who reputedly said, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” This philosophy was probably a result of inventing bifocals.

    My personal history has shown that every time I get my hopes up they are soundly dashed to the ground in disappointment. I often refer to myself as an optimistic-pessimist; I know for sure things are going to go wrong. And, I am rarely disappointed.

  • Most people know that hospitals, universities, and schools are accredited. In fact accredited organizations are usually sought out for enrollment and services. But did you know that law enforcement agencies are also accredited?

    I reported and some of you were involved in our recent journey to achieve the Sterling Award. We are the first stand-alone police agency to achieve this award in the state of Florida and we are very proud.

  • They are characterized by their distinct mode of dress and ultra-conservative approach to Judaism. They are often the brunt of prejudice and scorn but their influence extends even to pop culture. They are the Hasidim and their story is a fascinating one.

    Hasidism (from the Hebrew word meaning “pious ones”) was born in the late 1700s. It was founded in Poland by Israel ben Eliezar, more commonly known as the Baal Shem Tov or Master of the Good Name.

  • Paul Harvey, the radio icon, is quoted as saying, “In times like these, it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.”

    Who doesn’t want to forget 2008? By all measures, it was a really rotten year for the economy, credit markets and the stock market.

  • On this day in 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect. During Prohibition the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages were restricted or illegal.

  • An incident happened this past week in which I am still scratching my head. Have you ever known you had something but for the life of you could not find it? I will accede to the fact that occasionally, I do have a streak of absentmindedness running through me. At times, I wish it would just walk.

    I was fairly certain I had an extra $20 in one of my pants’ pockets. It was what I affectionately refer to as my "mad money." My wife would be mad if she knew I had it. I do not remember where it came from but my real problem was, I could not find those pants.

  • The timing of this book is remarkable in that it concerns a 25-year-old man who is fat, broke, and in debt after a decade of binging – bringing to mind unregulated financial binging that has Americans today reeling in shock.

    Sam MacDonald’s memoir is clear about the motivation for his drastic changes. It comes not from a sense of shame but rather from a threatening IRS letter and a bad transmission he couldn’t afford to fix.

  • Members of the Ocala Big Sun Chorus are off to a brand “New Year” with much to look forward to and so much to be grateful for.

    Stella and Peter (that’s me) Musella are happy to be home in sunny Ocala after “dashing through the snow” and slush – in four-part harmony – celebrating Christmas with our children and grandchildren (9). We even tolerated the gloomy cold weather in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Brooklyn to be with family during the Christmas holidays.

  • So far the New Year and I have gotten along quite famously. If the rest of the year goes as well as the first week it will be a wonderful year. I love it when a plan comes together – especially when it’s mine.

    Then the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage disrupted my amicable muse. She emerged from my office and said most defiantly, "You need to be more organized. I don’t know how you find anything in that office?"