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Sandra W. Reed: Make a life care plan before disaster hits

Sandra W. Reed: Make a life care plan before disaster hits

The Time of Disaster Is Too Late  This year’s tornado season literally hit home when back-to-back tornadoes struck the town where I grew up. I followed the storms approaching Louisville,…

Sandra W. Reed: Don’t mess up your estate plan, or how to avoid fouling up your children

Sandra W. Reed: Don’t mess up your estate plan, or how to avoid fouling up your children

Many Ways to Mess Up; Equal Number to Avoid If there are 50 ways to leave your lover, there are at least that many ways to mess up your estate…

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Cuts in R&D funding undermine future innovation

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Cuts in R&D funding undermine future innovation

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud…

Sandra Reed’s Life Care Planning: Daddy died without a will — what’s a family to do?

Sandra Reed’s Life Care Planning: Daddy died without a will — what’s a family to do?

No Will: Bring in the Heirs When a person dies without a will, the state determines, through its intestacy laws, who gets the property. In order to effectuate appropriate distribution,…

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Time to fix government

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Time to fix government

Americans want to see better performance from their government. Where to start: cut the number of political appointees, reduce layers of management, reform the civil service, and rein in costly…

The Undercurrent: Too good to be true?

The Undercurrent: Too good to be true?

I’ve covered the business beat for more than 30 years, first at the Dallas Times Herald, then The Dallas Morning News, then The New York Times, where I remain a contributor,…

Sandra Reed: Life care planning for your 70s

Sandra Reed: Life care planning for your 70s

Those ads for cruises with all the dancing gray-haired, mature-looking couples are true. Many in the seventh decade are enjoying themselves to the fullest. They are traveling, taking in art…

Lee Hamilton: Fixing Congress

Lee Hamilton: Fixing Congress

As grim as things seem now, there is a fix for what ails Congress. These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic…

Sandra Reed: Life care planning for your 60s

Sandra Reed: Life care planning for your 60s

Part 1 The Age of Aquarius Not all 60-something women can look as glamorous as these examples of today’s “Golden Girls”: Cheryl Tiegs (65), Sally Field (66), Goldie Hawn (67)…

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Where Congress falls short…and where it doesn’t

Lee Hamilton on Congress: Where Congress falls short…and where it doesn’t

At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back…