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How to find and claim your family's unclaimed money
by Report submitted · July 20th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I've heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I'm wondering if there was anything he left behind.
Wondering Daughter

Match short- and long-term investment goals
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · July 20th, 2017
Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

Nothingburger no substitute for the real thing
by Dan Brawner Columnist · July 20th, 2017
"Nothingburger: Something lame, dead-end, insignificant, especially something with high expectations that turns out to be average, pathetic or overhyped. Two pieces of bread with nothing in between. A news story hyped by the mainstream media for ratings or political agenda." - Urban Dictionary.

Q&A: Spending oversight with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
by Report submitted · July 20th, 2017
Q: What drives your relentless grip on the federal purse strings?

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · July 13th, 2017
July is Independent Retailer Month. As you know, local stores bring vitality, creativity and economic growth to their communities, so it's worth celebrating those "mom and pop" shops. But they aren't the only entrepreneurs in the country - about 10 percent of workers in the U.S. are self-employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're thinking of joining these ranks, you may want to prepare yourself financially.

letters to the editor
by Tim Gorton Marion · July 13th, 2017
Resident appreciative of new firework law

The hidden dangers of heartburn and how to make adjustments
by Report submitted · July 13th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night, too. What can you tell us?
Inquiring Spouse

We vacation in the land of gators and moss, and encounter two creatures
by Dan Brawner Columnist · July 13th, 2017
After seven years without a vacation, I finally realized the perfect occasion to take time off was never going to come, so I just dropped everything and went. I didn't carefully plan what would be the most fun or the best value. I didn't care.

Fireworks now legal in Iowa: What could possibly go wrong?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · July 6th, 2017
When Iowa became a "shall issue" state in 2010, making it a whole lot easier for the average Iowan over 21 to get a permit to carry a gun, I figured everybody and his grandmother would start packing heat and the next time somebody sneezed in a crowded elevator, it would be like Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It's true, the number of gun permits shot up, but that was all.

letters to the editor
by Dave Gregory Marion, Iowa · July 6th, 2017
The August 1 Linn County special election ballot offers a choice of three methods of electing county supervisors. I prefer Plan One, which calls for open at-large elections, over candidate residency districts with or without exclusive representation in each district. Plan One can't be gerrymandered, anyone can run, every vote carries equal weight, and each supervisor is answerable to all the voters.

letters to the editor
by Bret Nilles Marion · July 6th, 2017
I really do appreciate Sen. Liz Mathis and Rep. Ashley Hinson providing us with a select list of new laws that were to take effect on July 1. However, I'm surprised that Ashley Hinson hasn't told us about the following actions taken by the Legislature that both Rep. Ken Rizer and her voted for that have significant impacts on residents of Marion and Linn County.

New Medicare cards debut next year
by Report submitted · July 6th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it's a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn't the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards?

What can investors learn from the All Stars?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · July 6th, 2017
Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars, including these:

Auto safety devices that can help seniors with older cars
by Report submitted · June 29th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any auto safety products that can help seniors with older cars? My 80-year-old father, who drives his beloved 2004 Toyota Avalon, is still a good pretty driver but he has limited range of motion, which makes looking over his shoulder to back up or merge into traffic very difficult.
Inquiring Son

Declare your financial Independence Day
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · June 29th, 2017
We're getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. Constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others - such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach your long-term goals?
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