Illinois too Broke to Pay Lottery

If you wanted to play the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery games in Illinois last week, you were out of luck. The beleaguered state cancelled the high-stakes games. Even if you had played and won, you would have still been out of luck, however -- Illinois could not pay your winnings. The state is that... Continue Reading →

The Golden Gate Bridge Would Take 3X Longer to Build Today

It took four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge, along with 1.2 million steel rivets and 80,000 miles of wire inside the suspension cables. The famous bridge was completed in 1937, strung together by enough wire to stretch across the U.S. nearly 30 times. But how long would it take to complete a similar... Continue Reading →

Remembering The Pulse Massacre : Orlando, FL

Three loud pops, in succession like gunshots, riddled the muggy air in downtown Orlando Tuesday night. People walking on South Orange Street scurried for cover. Workers in a pizza shop raced for the kitchen or ducked behind the counter. There was brief chaos, confusion. I saw it personally. Fortunately, it was false alarm. The pops... Continue Reading →

No Fake News Here – Unlike Other Sources

Harvard University is hardly considered a bastion of conservatism. So when a Harvard study finds that 80 percent of the national media coverage of President Donald Trump has been negative, it resonates like a trending tweet. The study looked into political coverage in major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post, and... Continue Reading →

Fernandina Beach Pier: Post Hurricane Matthew

The long metal legs appear out of place next to the wooden pilings of the landmark pier at Amelia By the Sea condominiums. The metal legs, three of them, are temporary, serving as a crutch to help rebuild 90 feet of the pier -- ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. These legs will then walk, and ultimately... Continue Reading →

Opinions on James Comey

Most Americans cannot name a former FBI director -- except possibly J. Edgar Hoover. And then there's James Comey. Comey has emerged a household name synonymous with political controversy. And he is now the former FBI director, after being dismissed from his lofty position by President Donald Trump this week. Comey captivated the country when... Continue Reading →

U.S. Residential Real Estate Continues to Hit Homers

Here is a timely riddle: What do Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and the U.S. real estate market have in common? The answer is that no one can explain their longevity and extraordinary performance, as compared with normal standards. However, the careers of Bonds and Rodriguez were dismissed and tarnished because of alleged use of steroids.... Continue Reading →

Arthur Laffer – Medicine and Tech

Arthur Laffer is laughing, with giddiness. He is truly tickled. You see, the economic advisor to former President Ronald Reagan is ecstatic over progress he sees in technology, in medicine, in the overall standard of living in America. "It's just astounding what has happened," Laffer says. "I'm just awfully impressed and pleased by the progress."... Continue Reading →

Update: Amelia Island Real Estate…..

This column will be divided into good news and bad news, and conclude with some news that is nothing but good. Let's begin with the good news. The real estate market on Amelia Island is soaring like a seagull on a windy day. Unless you have been in a deep slumber for the past few... Continue Reading →

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