horse gig economy
Senior Stories

Gig Economy: The Gig Transformation is Up

When I got my driver’s license in the 1950s my grandfather would sometimes tell me: “Take my gig.” Born in the 19th Century his first years were spent riding to and fro in a horse-drawn “gig”. He simply continued to call his automobiles the same. The 20th Century changed my conception of a “gig”. When I heard…

Cremation New Death Tax
Finance Senior Stories

Cremation: The New Death Tax

Over the past few years, cremation has overtaken traditional burial as the preferred method of disposal of human bodies after death. Naturally,  government entities have found a new way to “death tax” it. Today close to 55 percent of people in the United States prefer cremation. That’s up from more than double the percentage a…

Sugar Beverage Taxes
Finance Health & Medical

Sugar Beverage Taxes: How Sweet It Is

Why the uproar over beverage taxes? The average per capita consumption of all types of sugar in the US has reached over 160 pounds of sugar per year. Liquid corn syrup is the number one sugar source. I don’t drink pop very much; maybe a can a month. It means someone is making up for…

Senior Stories

Now They’ve Taxed My Cat

I had an old calico cat for 17 of the 25 years I lived in the Florida Keys. After she died there was a void that is hard for a dog person to explain. I grew up in the country where cats were for keeping down the mouse population and rarely became house pets. Besides…


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