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Aug. 31, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

RAMSEY: Repair now or buy later?

Dear Dave,

I’m driving a 10-year-old car with 195,000 miles on it. The car needs $1,500 in repairs, and it’s worth $5,000. I have $40,000 in cash saved, $40,000 in investments and I make $80,000 a year. I also have $15,000 in student loan debt, but the only other thing I owe on is my house. Should I pay to repair the car or buy something else for $15,000?

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

MCKOOL: Isn’t it just part of getting old?

Years ago my mom invited me to a performance of the Senior Follies in Palm Springs, California. It was at Christmas time and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it would be a group from a senior citizens home that would be putting on the performance. As it turned out it was a number one class act.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

JANARD: What I learned in rivers this summer

The sign read "Swim at your own risk" and there were all sorts of people in the little stretch of river behind the Geneva in Chimney Rock apparently okay with doing just that. I wasn't yet. In fact, I was a tad out of practice swimming in briskly moving water...and this looked like it had some current. 

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

JONES: I pledge allegiance to ...

Government holidays, especially Labor Day, attracts feverish interest in this country. Today marks the ninth anniversary of hurricane Katrina, and don't even forget, on this day in 1958 Michael Jackson was born. 

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

My life as a reporter

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

PURCELL: On window fans and air conditioning

Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

HOOD: Candidates at starting line

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

STANFORD: The resurrection of Rick Perry

Not since Superman has a fella made such a big impression when he took of his eyeglasses. Turns out, the sexy new specs were a disguise all along.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

WAGNER: Faulty assumptions about power

Our family of five purchased a vehicle a couple of years ago that seats six, a Mazda Five. 

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

CLARK: Get on the same page already

After so many years reporting on state politics — granted not here — I thought I had seen just about everything.