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Abandoned TC beach still waiting – Part 3a

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Three years ago, I wrote 2/3 of a blog “trilogy” about area residents’ efforts to restore some of the beachfront park land along Traverse City’s westernmost shoreline. Strong community support, coupled with near unanimous city government approval for the project, appeared to bode well for reclamation of this beautiful, but abandoned, beach. More »

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A little something to stir the pot!

Jon Voight, a rich, aging, white, minor movie star, has, on FOX News relieved himself of the opinion that President Obama is guilty of pulling our troops out of Iraq. Voight finds this unsurprising, for Voight said years ago that the president would do exactly that. Of course that’s exactly what the President promised he would do if he was elected … and that’s just what he did. (Reminds me of the little song in “My Fair Lady” when Professor Higgins successfully passes off Eliza as a “lady.” The lyric is “He did it; he did it; he said that he would do it and indeed he did!”)

I am left to wonder why Voight is so outraged that we have left Iraq, thus stopping them from killing our troops and stopping our troops from killing them. Of course if they wish to kill each other, as they obviously do, I fail to see why we should risk the lives of our troops to stop them.

Voight clearly thinks otherwise, as does the governor of Texas. Gov. Perry has clashed with Sen. Rand Paul, claiming Paul is an isolationist because Paul says, “If the Iraqis won’t fight for themselves why should we fight for them.” This is one of the very few sensible things I’ve heard this man say.

Dick Cheney and some of his relatives also accuse Sen. Paul of being an isolationist. Very few people outside Cheney’s family and the Wolfowitz etc. sub-species of chicken hawk agree that we should police the world. I remember some years ago when the question was: “What if we gave a war and nobody came?”

One thing more: Glenn Beck is sending truckloads of warm meals and toys to the thousands of children who are refugees in Texas. Good for him! Naturally he is getting flack from his right-wing colleagues because clearly a teddy bear and a hot supper will just encourage more children to travel up from Honduras.

(Have fun boys!)

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Bigger Fish to Fry

This blog could be summed up in 3 sentences: My kid caught a fish. I cooked it. We ate it. But the funny thing about a blog is, we get to spread it out over several paragraphs. More »

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Mutual Funds – A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery

As published in the Traverse City Record-Eagle’s Business section on July 6, 2014:

As the popularity of exchange traded funds (ETFs) has ballooned, many investors are understandably left scratching their heads about how they differ from mutual funds. More »

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I’m going to start a business! Now what?

By James PalmerPerhaps one of the biggest questions about starting a business is, “What does it actually take to start a business?” I had made my decision, but now it was time to figure out what I needed to do legally to make it a reality. You might think that doing this would require months of time, reams of paperwork, and an attorney to navigate governmental red tape. You’d be wrong. More »

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Are Management Fees Deductible?

Q: My financial adviser recently mentioned that the management fees I pay him are tax deductible. Is this true?

Unfortunately, your question is also best answered with a convoluted, yes and no.

To begin, if you don’t itemize your deductions, then it’s a no, not deductible. That’s easy enough. More »

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The Frog in the Pan

By Robert GilbertSeveral things have finally prodded me to address climate change. Until recently, I had been content to let the continuing revelations from the scientific community speak to the issue. I thought the debate was essentially over, given the overwhelming scientific consensus that human-caused climate change is real and dangerous. But an April 18 op-ed in the Record-Eagle reprinted from the (Andover, Mass.) Eagle-Tribune which sneered at climate change concerns as “climate change religion,” in addition to the recent passage by the House of Representatives of an amendment to the annual Defense Department funding bill, have made me realize how naive I have been. More »

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What’s in a Name?

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  Floor Care

By James PalmerSo, I had decided to become an entrepreneur. I had decided the business I would open would be in floor care (carpet, tile, upholstery cleaning). Now comes the fun part … naming your creation. I would have loved to have had more time to think over names but at the same time I was anxious to start the ball rolling and before doing anything else I would need a name. More »

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Investors Should Guard Against Getting Entranced

Five years into a bull market, the mood is changing. From my perch as an investment adviser, I sense a subtle shift. It isn’t necessarily one toward obvious risk-taking. The Great Recession seems to have squashed unbridled optimism. No, this shift is more subtle and it will have implications. More »

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Mortgage vs. Paying Cash For a Home

Q: Can you help me settle a family debate? I’m thinking about buying a house as a rental. My brother-in-law says I should take out as big a mortgage as possible. My gut tells me to use my cash just sitting in the bank. How do I decide? More »

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