Columns

Mending walls after 'the Troubles'

July 21, 2017

Christopher J. Muse, BridgeTower Media Newswires As poet Robert Frost famously penned, “Something there is that does not love a wall.” And, as experience teaches, walls can be made of stone, wire and, often, attitudes. I was recently invited to ...

How many people should be in prison?

July 21, 2017

Kahryn Riley, Mackinac Center for Public Policy It’s common to have a conversation about criminal justice reform that includes an anxious reference to the “mass incarceration crisis.” But as legal academic John Pfaff points out in his new ...

Witches, oligarchs and billionaires. Oh my!

July 21, 2017

Mark Levison, The Levison Group It’s hard to watch cable news these days without being drawn into a discussion about a “witch hunt.”  A whole cauldron of charges seems to be constantly bubbling around the current administration while ...

The HEART Act and the $400,000 Roth IRA

July 21, 2017

John Hamling, BridgeTower Media Newswires Over the last couple of weeks, our family, like many others across the nation, gathered on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. Invariably, when the discussion turns to me, family and relatives ask benign questions ...

The oft-forgotten ­importance of design rights

July 21, 2017

Alana M. Fuierer, BridgeTower Media Newswires Whether it's a creative new accessory, trendy footwear, an elegant lamp, sleek coffee machine, or the appearance of a new phone, innovative design surrounds us. Given the significant time and money invested in ...

Puerto Rican bonds

July 21, 2017

Dear Mr. Berko: In 2013, my stockbroker had me buy $60,000 worth of Puerto Rican Sales Tax Financing Corp.'s tax-free bonds. I bought these bonds for my individual retirement account. The coupon was 5.5 percent. I paid $770 per $1,000 bond ($46,200 total), ...