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What Oct. 12 really means to me

On the Town is back! After a three-month hiatus, due to scheduled surgery, the column has resumed and will be running in your paper weekly to amuse, educate and at times maybe even ...

From Where I Sit: The devolution of a movement

It is interesting to observe the rise, duration and fall of groups, nations and other movements over the years. Organizations, like the individuals who belong to them, have a fairl ...

The Real McCoy: Is buying points right for you?

Dear Kari, I have started the process of purchasing my first home. I am now at the point where the lender wants to know if I would like to pay points on my home loan or not? Since ...

Chamber Connection: Working hard and playing hard in Folsom

I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! Labor Day serves as an annual tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the prosperity and well-being of our grea ...

From Where I Sit: Let’s stop the rude interruptions

I have an irritating habit, probably attributable to being raised on the east coast, of sometimes getting excited and interrupting whoever is on the other end of the conversation. ...

Olga on Investments: Your options for an old 401k

In today’s day and age, changing employers and careers is not uncommon. As individuals leave an employer, they are also posed with the question of what to do with their 401k. ...

The Real McCoy: Bridge loans, are they good for you?

Dear Kari, My husband and I have been discussing moving into a bigger home for a while now and finally last night he said let’s do it! The next day I called a real estate of ...

From Where I Sit: And now, here’s Sparky!

It has been over four years since Hooch, our Doberman, went running into the fields of dog heaven. Pets have a way of becoming their own special members of the family. We decided t ...

The Real McCoy: Advantages of working with a 1031 tax exchange

Dear Kari, My girlfriend at work who owns a second property has been bragging that she saved a bunch of money with this process she refers to as a 1031 tax exchange. How can I tak ...

City Scene: Community Service Day is on its way

On Sept. 19, the Folsom community is coming together again for the second annual Community Service Day—Folsom’s largest day of service and volunteerism. This is my favo ...

From Where I Sit: Just not feeling it

The human psyche is a funny thing. The Greek word for “soul,” transliterated “psuchay,” is the root for our English word “psyche” and its attend ...

Olga on Investments: Getting yourself to make the choice

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is actually make a choice. Oftentimes we know what the issue is and where we want to be, but taking the dive and making changes is the hardest par ...

The Real McCoy: The impact of a low appraisal

Dear Kari, We put our house up for sale with our agent and received and rejected three low offers within the first week. I think our agent was just a little upset over this. Then ...

From Where I Sit: Scattered summer surmisings

These are the dog days of summer. They are called this because these hottest days of the year occur when the dog star Sirius is rising at sunrise. I’m not intelligent enough ...

The Real McCoy: Pest control work, who pays?

Dear Kari: My husband and I have had our home for sale for four months. We finally got an offer which about gave my husband a heart attack as it was so low. We tried counteri ...