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Lee Hamilton: The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal

Lee Hamilton: The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal

The crush of demand for VA services in the wake of two wars was easily foreseeable, had Congress been on its toes. Legislators must exercise their oversight responsibilities more diligently,…

Sandra W. Reed: Making medical decisions for someone else — know what you’re getting into

Sandra W. Reed: Making medical decisions for someone else — know what you’re getting into

By Sandra W. Reed You’re the Agent on a Medical Power of Attorney; What On Earth Does It Mean? If someone asks you to be listed as their agent on…

Analysis: Finding property tax cuts that taxpayers feel

Analysis: Finding property tax cuts that taxpayers feel

https://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/analysis-finding-property-tax-cuts-taxpayers-feel/ By Ross Ramsey Texas Tribune Go ahead and bet that somebody in Texas is going to get property tax relief next year, not that voters will notice. The promises…

Lee Hamilton: What our country needs from the press

Lee Hamilton: What our country needs from the press

There is a place for entertainment that plays off the news, but there is no substitute for dogged reporting and the traditional values of accuracy, truth and fairness. These days,…

Life Care Planning: Medicaid planning that doesn’t work

Life Care Planning: Medicaid planning that doesn’t work

By Sandra W. Reed Planning to Qualify for Medicaid Is Important Estate planning for most families is more about strategies to qualify for federal and state benefits than it is…

Analysis: Cutting a tax the state does not levy

Analysis: Cutting a tax the state does not levy

By Ross Ramsey Texas Tribune https://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/16/analysis-cutting-tax-state-does-not-levy/ Somewhere, in their town hall meetings and visits with constituents, in their political campaign polling, or by watching their tax bills, Texas politicians are…

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Why I still have faith

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Why I still have faith

From the perspective of decades, there is good reason to believe that Congress can and will do better. It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for…

Sandra W. Reed: Can you keep your lifestyle in retirement?

Sandra W. Reed: Can you keep your lifestyle in retirement?

Likely you’ve seen Tommy Lee Jones posing the question “Can You Keep Your Lifestyle in Retirement?” Jones in asking is touting the services of Ameriprise Financial, but the question is…

Sandra W. Reed: Seniors with cognitive impairments have voting rights, too

Sandra W. Reed: Seniors with cognitive impairments have voting rights, too

Before the 2008 election, the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging began a program to identify and publicize the policies and strategies that can promote proper access…

Lee Hamilton on Congress: The poisonous power of money in politics

Lee Hamilton on Congress: The poisonous power of money in politics

Over many years both inside and outside Congress, I saw very little outright corruption. But frequently I saw money’s disproportionate influence on the decisions of government. Many trends in American…