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Inge and I have several things in common. We are close in age and both have Germanic roots. Of course, Inge’s roots are stronger than mine since she was born in Magdeburg, a city in the former East Germany.

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Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year.

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Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2019. There are 134 days left in the year.

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Dear Rusty: Please validate or negate this dreadful information: My husband and I are recently retired and living on our combined retirement plans. I was told that when my husband dies, I will NOT be allowed to draw ANY of his hard-earned Social Security income. I cannot survive on my Louisi…

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The article I did last winter on the first outdoorsmen in Ohio drew a good deal of interest, and several readers e-mailed asking questions about where Ohio’s native Americans originated and how long ago they wee here. I’m no expert and even archeologists and paleontologists sometimes disagre…

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Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year.

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Dear Rusty: I am 60 years old. I have worked full time since age 22. I am thinking about working part-time ages 62-65. When I start collecting my social security benefit sometime after age 65, will my monthly amount be based on only the last few years of my working? Can you please explain ho…

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During the summer months, I enjoy going barefoot and dipping my feet into the lake. My husband and I experience our own version of a pedicure when we wade in a shallow sandbar and the minnows swimming there nibble on our toes.

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Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2019. There are 139 days left in the year.

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Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. Social Security agrees. You can help your more vulnera…

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“If I only had more,” said the people. How many of us have made (or thought) this very same comment? How many of us have envied or resented those with more? How many of us have obsessed over how to get more?

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The Environmental Protection Agency just approved the year-round sale of E15, a gasoline blend comprised of 15 percent ethanol. Until now, the agency had banned the mixture during summer months, since high-ethanol blends react with hot air to form smog.

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It ‘s been a long, long time since I was able to vote for a candidate that I felt was a good choice for whatever office he/she was running for. I usually had to cast my vote for either the lesser of two evils, or one who might possibly keep a promise or two made in the feverish heat of elect…

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Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year.