DAVID FONTAINE: Have You Balanced Your Check Book Lately?

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OPINION – My experience has been that many couples don’t talk about finances until a major crisis arises. Whether it’s a layoff, forced retirement or major illness, this financial crisis will require a change in your behavior. No more your money or my money, your account or my checking account. The reality is changes must […]

TIANA BURSE: The Difference between Winning and Losing

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OPINION – Have you ever wondered what the difference is between those who truly succeed in the eyes of world and those who don’t? Recently I have begun doing what I like to call a “check up from the neck up” diving into the REAL reason why some things manifest so effortlessly for some individuals […]

JASON MATTHEWS: Get Ready for High Taxes

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OPINION – Federal income taxes over the last two decades have been at historical lows; even though our Country has been in two wars and our Federal Government has grown tremendously with Department of Homeland Security. Fiscal concerns have become prominent in Cities, Counties, States and the Federal Government. We are witnessing trends of higher […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Putting Your Health & Wellness First

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OPINION – How many of you have run out the door in the morning with a cup of coffee and maybe a piece of toast or a doughnut?  This quick breakfast might taste good, might wave hunger and even might give you a bit of energy BUT it isn’t the best suggestion for your overall […]

ROBERT WOOD: Debt Management – Credit Cards

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OPINION – In today’s financial world we live on either a cash flow or credit basis. Living within your cash flow needs is always best because you are not trying to live beyond your means. Living on a credit basis can be a significant issue when faced with an emergency, a lifestyle change or any […]

TIANA BURSE: Face Your Fears & Win The Battle

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OPINION – When it comes to developing the inner workings of ourselves it is so easy to let the “inner you” take over and dominate your life. In my life I have had several struggles and honestly I still struggle at times with tiny little fears that when compounded have a dramatic role in keeping […]

BRYAN WASHINGTON: California’s Unhealthy Youth

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OPINION – When was the last time you had to slam on your breaks to avoid running over a bouncing ball or, (God forbid) a kid playing ball? It’s probably not a question you imagined being presented with, but bare with me. A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a friend about some of […]

TIANA BURSE: What makes you happy?

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OPINION - They say the definition of the word happiness is: “The state of well-being and contentment.” As of today March 20, 2014 brings the official “Acts of happiness” movement, it has become rather clear as to what happiness truly is and what it means to not only to myself but the entire world as well. […]

ANITIA JOHNSON: How The $10.10 Minimum Wage Will Help To Reduce The Number Of Women In Poverty

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OPINION – With the old wage bill of $7.25, many low paying jobs pay just the exact minimum wage or just around the minimum wage. People on this wage bracket make $14,500 per year which is below the poverty line which is now around $18,500 per year. About two thirds of people going for the […]

DAVID FONTAINE: 10 Guiding Principles for Building Wealth

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The Minority Financial Literacy Center offers the following 10 Guiding Principles for Building Individual, Family and Community Wealth: 1. Pay 10% of your net pay to the church or other worthy charitable organizations.  If you put this principle first, the other ten will be much easier to follow. Those that give first receive much more […]