Some Common Cents for August 26th, 2016

August 29, 2016, by John Norris

Gambling is a word with a lot with a lot of connotations, but only one real meaning: taking some measure of risk in order to achieve some sort of return. You can define risk and return any number of different ways, and at many different levels. Obviously, you want to make sure the risk you take is less than the reward you expect. This is called playing the odds, and we do just that in...

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Some Common Cents for August 19th, 2016

August 19, 2016, by John Norris

I have watched the Olympics with some regularity over the last two weeks, and will be sorry when they are over this weekend. It has been a nice break from what passes as prime time entertainment these days, even if NBC makes it a nightly habit of serving up heaping helpings of schmaltz. However, you can’t please everyone. One of the things that fascinates me is the individual economic impact of winning a medal. For...

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Column: Cost of blanket policies

August 16, 2016, by John Norris

I am on the board of directors of an organization that promotes adult literacy in the Birmingham area. We are blessed to have an energetic executive director and a wonderful staff. However, it is unfortunate we have to be in the business of educating adults, but that is a discussion for another time. At a recent board meeting, the director brought up the upcoming changes to the overtime rules, which will take effect in December....

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Some Common Cents for August 12th 2016

August 15, 2016, by John Norris

Obviously, I haven’t gotten out a newsletter in a few weeks. I was physically out of the office on two of those Fridays, and last week? After getting about halfway through with Common Cents, I decided to actually read what I had written. I will make a long story short, and tell you I decided it best not to send it out; it wasn’t worthy of anything other than wrapping fish. As it was very...

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Column: In land of blind, one-eyed man is king

August 8, 2016, by John Norris

The other night, I broke a bottle of soy sauce unloading the groceries. No, this wasn’t me being a clumsy old man. I had removed another item from the same bag, and it simply tipped over and shattered like a stage prop on the counter. Loose leaf paper is thicker than that glass. If you have ever cleaned up such a mess, you know a few ounces of liquid in a container magically translates into...

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