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home : opinions : columns August 29, 2014 

Enjoy your Labor Day
Come this Monday, Sept. 1, we will be celebrate Labor Day. This national holiday signals a beginning and an end for many things. It is the end of summer, but the beginning of football season. It is also a major shopping day. Some will celebrate by shopping for sales and bargains. Others will take advantage of this longer weekend to participate in weekend get-a-ways, outdoor activities or get-togethers and parties. While it was designed to be a day off for workers, that is not the case nowadays. Because Labor Day has become an important sales weekend, those employed in retail will have to work and some will have to work longer hours.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014


So, why are buttons opposite for women
Have you ever wondered. . . Why do men’s and women’s shirts button on different sides? Justin Brown, an artist and contributing editor for “Primer Magazine,” researched this question and reported that most sources cite a simple rationale that dates back over a century. Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed. Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), the women that could afford fancy clothing with a bunch of buttons would rely on maids to help dress them. 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The cost of living
We all know the cost of living is constantly increasing. Like death and taxes, it is a fact of life. Sometimes it is fun, but depressing, to look back at what things used to cost. For example, in 1958, regular gasoline cost less than a gallon of milk. Gas was 24 cents a gallon and milk was $1.01 per gallon. Eggs were 28 cents a dozen and bread was 19 cents a loaf. A movie ticket was $1. The average cost of a new car was $2,155, and the cost of a new house was around $12,000. McDonald’s “pure beef” hamburgers were just 15 cents and for 20 cents more you could get a milkshake to go with it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The codes that men live by
Ladies, this column is for your reading entertainment. Men already know these things. International Rules of Manhood: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Understanding cats! Really?
If you are a cat lover, you’ve probably pondered what cats think about. Well, somebody figured it out and circulated on the World Wide Web. I have no idea who this cat person is, but here are some of the things that a cat thinks about: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Budget travel suggestions
It time when most of us set our hearts and mind on a summer vacation. I was surfing on the net recently, (one of my favorite pastimes) and I came across Budget Travel’s 10 Best Budget Vacations for Summer. They rounded up some of the best beaches, national parks, mountains, and big-city blowouts, with hotel rooms ranging from $49 to $149 a night. Interestingly, Myrtle Beach was on the list with beach front rooms starting at $79. Orlando, Fla., was also listed with rooms as low at $67 and located less than 20 minutes from Disney and Universal Parks.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's the best city for a staycation?
Staycation, the term for staying home and taking nearby day trips, is still a popular and economical way for families to enjoy their summer vacation., WalletHub, which describes itself as a personal finance social network, came up with a list of the best and worst cities to “staycation” by comparing 100 of the largest cities in the United States. The comparisons were based on 20 key metrics ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita, to the cost of maid services. 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Looking back to the year 1914
When I think of the changes witnessed in my lifetime, it is hard to grasp what life was like a century ago. Searching the Internet I found the following events of 1914. Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox, at age 19. The Babe retired in 1935 with 714 home runs, a record that would stand until 1974. His prodigious blasts are still referenced. It was the year Johnny Meer was born. He’s probably unheard of except by baseball enthusiasts, but he holds a record never broken: consecutive no-hitters. In 1938, he pitched back-to-back gems. No one has even tied that mark.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Why teachers should hate Common Core
“Common Core has nothing to do with curriculum, instruction, or testing.” No matter how many times Common Core’s most prominent supporters make that claim, it’s still false. Like any set of strict academic standards, Common Core standards directly affect these areas – and thus remove the ability of teachers to use their talents to the fullest. Academic standards are benchmarks of what students at different grade levels should know. When standards are changed, then curriculum, instruction, and assessments all must change to align with these new standards. If, say, you decide that every fifth grade student must know how to waltz, the curriculum must change to accordingly.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dollar-cost averaging
Trying to predict when and how markets will move can be nearly impossible and completely overwhelming. Whether you are new to investing or a seasoned professional, dollar-cost averaging can help you cope with price fluctuations in a volatile market. Dollar-cost averaging is simply investing equal or fixed amounts of money at regularly scheduled intervals. With this investment strategy, you will buy more shares when the price of your investment has declined, and fewer shares when the price has risen. Over a period of time, you may lower your average cost. By dollar-cost averaging, you may reduce investment risk by not investing substantial amounts at the wrong time. In addition, dollar-cost averaging forces you to invest on a regular basis, such as with retirement accounts or other long-term investments.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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