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Archive for November, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Lawlatte

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A day late, I know, but I was busy getting ready for our traditional 35-40- person family dinner at my place.  This was my 17th year as host for our annual family gathering.  It was wonderful to see so many children – we had 7 under the age of 5. I hope you were blessed […]

Tax Tip – Donate Unused Sick/Vacation Leave to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Interesting announcement from the IRS – you can donate your accumulated sick or vacation leave to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  Your employer makes the donation on your behalf to a qualified §501(c)(3) charity, and the “used” leave does not appear on your W2.  Employers can deduct the payment as an expense (but the employee cannot […]

Daylight Savings Time – HUGE Waste of Time and Money

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Indiana switched to DST when Mitch came to the Governor’s mansion (Thanks a heap, Mitch).   As a naturally early riser, I have always deeply resented the fact that DST took an hour away from my spring and summer mornings (actually more than an hour, and I will be happy to tell you why, if you […]

4-Minute Coffee Break – The Meaning of the Declaration of Independance

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

A unique document for a unique time that set the stage for the development of the US and continues to serve as the philosophical foundation for evolving culture of the United States (or, at least, it should be).

Vote on Tuesday

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I’m not going to bore you with my point of view about the candidates – if you haven’t heard it all by now, you are living under a rock.  We all have our own hangups about the issues and the candidates. The point is – get out and VOTE. In Indiana, you can find a […]