Tax planning notes for 2013

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Following are unformatted meeting notes from a Presentation by Al Klingan JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC in a meeting 11/8/2012 hosted by First Financial at the Philadelphia Union League. CURRENT LAW FOR 2013 (if no congressional action) All brackets rise CG rise to 20% Dividends 39.6% Deductions phase out Exemptions phaseout Social Security to 6.2% Additional 3.8% […]

Downe Township Today and Tomorrow: A Natural Treasure Worth Saving

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September 2015 update: Since the date of this 2012 post (just before super storm Sandy) Downe Township has completed millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements including a $500,000 seawall in front of my house at Money Island, I have personally invested substantial additional money in aquaculture and ecotourism projects and have agreed to help raise […]

In memory of alums who made the ultimate sacrifice

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Last Friday afternoon I visited the campus of Delaware Valley College, my alma mater, in Doylestown Pennsylvania. I happened, by chance, to spend a few quiet minutes reflecting at the veteran’s memorial outside Allman Building while strolling the quiet campus. As a freshman at DVC 34 years ago I walked by this memorial every day. I was aware that the […]

Mauro DUI case dismissal (with a focus on those issues that affect other NJ citizens)

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I am now being asked for more information and explanation on this recent high-profile DUI case in Cumberland County NJ and I want to be sure to separate the case facts from my comments and opinions. Here are the basic facts about the case as I know them: 1) Cumberland County NJ Assistant County prosecutor Harrison Waters […]

Applebee’s America reading notes

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– by Douglas Sosnik, Matthew Dowd, Ron Fornier 2006 – “A How To book on fooling the public”  p 218 Gut Values Connections “it’s not issues that count but gut values connections” Life Targeting It’s the Lifestyle Stupid Navigators and Influentials Religion of business; Corporations infecting faith Lloyd Hill of Applebee’s: Emotional investment in people […]

The problem with Facebook IPO

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This quotation from a Facebook advertiser summarizes the difficulty Facebook will face in maintaining market value as a public company. “We still don’t have a huge correlation between Facebook fans and return on investment in an actual sales in store. Until that metric becomes a lot more solid, I don’t think our company or other […]

Odetta’s birthday December 31, 1930

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Please take a few minutes today to consider Odetta who would have been 80 years old today but passed away in late 2008. She is among the most powerful, most inspirational and most-respected role models in American culture over more than six decades. It seems that every artist and leader of our generation was influenced […]

Overwhelmingly pessimistic health care news

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I’ve covered consumer health care finance issues for over 25 years. I focus on reporting real solutions from current events in order to be part of the solution rather than add to the overwhelming amount of negative information that dominates the media. In all this time, I’ve always had plenty to write about. Yet tonight, after perusing all of […]