January 28 2010

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

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0 for 2 Democrats struck out last week. Another nay-saying Republican to replace Ted Kennedy isn’t what they wanted. Sixty Senators can vote to allow debate; 59 isn’t enough. Now 41 Senate Republicans can say “NO” to everything and make it stick. So much for the people of this nation who want healthcare reform and better international relations. The Supreme Court, in another 5-4 decision, capped off the week by allowing corporations to pour unlimited money into election campaigns. Experts all along the political spectrum say we’ll see the down side to this. The only winners (besides the already mega-rich corporation executives) will be the political advertising industry. Good news So far the President has not been blamed for the earthquake in Haiti. Gene pool rejects Continued from last week: 1. A man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Mich., at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because, he said, he couldn’t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren’t available for breakfast. The would-be robber, frustrated, walked away. 2. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer was $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, has a crime been committed?] Moral of the story The teacher gave her fifth-grade class an assignment: get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. They related all the regular type of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. Then the teacher realized that Vernon hadn’t yet participated. “Vernon, do you have a story to share?” “Yes ma’am. My daddy told me a story about my Aunt Rhonda. She was a pilot in Desert Storm and her plane got hit. She had […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon

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  What to do if errors on your W-2 or 1099 Since deer season is over, the Lions are mercifully finished for the year, I’m too busy to go ice fishing, NASCAR doesn’t start until Daytona next month, and why watch golf without Tiger, I will get my cup of Herman’s Boy Pantlind Blend coffee and write an article for this week’s Squire. A few weeks ago, I wrote about not receiving a W-2 or 1099. This week, I will expand on what happens if the W-2 or 1099 is received, but it is incorrect or is the wrong form altogether. Do you have any recourse if the W-2 or 1099 has the wrong information on it when you receive it? Yes, you do. Remember that the original set of forms doesn’t have to be sent in to the appropriate agency, either the Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service, until February 28. Since you normally receive the form in January, the employer has plenty of time to correct administrative errors such as an incorrect street address or wrong zip code. Those types of errors are easy to correct and most employers are quite accommodating. However, what can you do if the error is of the dollar amount variety, i.e. gross wages is wrong or the federal or state withholding is wrong? Can these errors be fixed? These errors are a horse of a different color. In the federal payroll reporting system within which all employers operate, the dollar amounts that are summarized on your W-2 have been reported quarterly to the Internal Revenue Service. The amounts withheld from your paycheck for federal withholding, Social Security, and Medicare taxes have been paid over to the IRS throughout the year. When you receive your W-2, it is a summary of the activity that occurred under your Social Security number throughout the entire year. If you believe there is an error in the gross wages reported or in the amount of federal tax withheld from your wages and you are correct, this can be a total nightmare for the employer. The company has already paid in the amounts withheld from your checks as well as the amounts it had to match for Social Security and Medicare […]

Birthdays—January 30–February 5

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28th Linda Berris, Tom Hone, Carly Olson, Jack Palazzolo, Bernice Terry 31st Andy Fowle, Zachary Grant, Marie Heyboer FEBRUARY 1st Ayriel Mawby, Luella Wallen 2nd Joyce Brown, Dano Richard 3rd Betty Basel, Denise Davidson, Frieda Gulliver 4th Pete Kruer, Betty Wyckoff 5th Tamara Deardorff, Ben Halbersma, Rubi Schaub, Tom Sharpe, Marv Weemhoff

Words on Weather & Climate — January 28, 2010

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IPCC gets it wrong by CRAIG JAMES According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website, “The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.” Also, the IPCC “does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information. Differing viewpoints existing within the scientific community are reflected in the IPCC reports.” However, new allegations have come to light that cast serious doubt on the integrity of the organization. The IPCC now faces new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. If you read my articles from a couple of weeks ago, you will remember I wrote that there is no evidence to support the view that global warming is causing an increase in the severity or frequency of storms. Many politicians have used the IPCC link to make statements such as President Obama’s “More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.” It turns out that the information the IPCC used to make its report was never peer-reviewed or published, and when it was published, its conclusion was: ““We find insufficient evidence to claim a statistical relationship between global temperature increase and catastrophe losses.” However, the IPCC never retracted its claim and when several science reviewers protested to the IPCC that its claim was unsupported, they were ignored. One reviewer, Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., on his blog stated, “I do have to admit that if [the IPCC] is this sloppy and irresponsible in an area of climate change where I have expertise, why should I have confidence in the areas where I am not an expert?” Another contributor to the IPCC in this area resigned over the issue. Dr. Chris Landsea, a researcher from […]

Who’s up for a sled race, “eh?”

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 Chandler Woods Academy 6th grade middle school students are. In conjunction with the students’ study of Canada, teachers hosted an outdoor winter carnival where the students raced sleds around the school grounds. Three rounds of races were held throughout the day, and the entire school was encouraged to participate or cheer on their favorite team named after a Canadian province.

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