Amanda's View: Functional dysfunction

By Amanda Knox

Towards the end of high school, something rare and unexpected happened. A guy—a handsome, popular, football-playing math-genius who was way out of my league—asked me out on a date. It was a fluke. Had he gone to my high school, he would have known how boy-awkward and nerdy and weird I was. But he didn’t, so here we were, sitting across from each other at a Mexican restaurant in the Alaska Junction. It was going alright, I thought. We were talking! Although, after a bit, I did notice that I was doing pretty much all of the talking. Crap, was I babbling? He looked distracted, turned inward even. “ Everything alright?” I asked, and then immediately thought, “ Stupid question! You shouldn’t have to ask that question!” He didn’t say anything. He vomited his whole enchilada back onto his plate.

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Pat's View: “The Narrowism of Heroism”

I was in a ferry line earlier this week---and saw the road sign you may well be familiar with: “Report ferry line cutters”---followed by the phone number you’re supposed to call: “1-877-764-HERO.”

Really? Hero?

I naively always thought of heroes as people who changed the world, did something truly
great, achieved courageous things and inspired others. You know, George Washington, Gandhi, Oskar Schindler, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman---guys like that.

But squealing on someone else? A hero?

It all takes me back to the 7th grade at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School---a day I was very worried. After all, teachers did not normally tell a kid to stay after class unless there was trouble. I braced for the worst.

“Pat,” My nun teacher, Sister Mildred Marie, began, “I have some news for you.” I swallowed hard, as she continued. “Have you ever heard of The Leaders Club?” she asked.

“No,” I said, waiting to be hit over the head with such a club.

“It’s an honorary organization that only the very most special students are chosen to be a part of,” Sister said. “And you, Pat, have been selected.”

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What expenses will you incur when investing?

By Sarah Cecil

You invest so that you can achieve a variety of goals, such as a secure retirement. It’s inevitable, though, that you will incur some costs when investing, ranging from payments to a financial professional to costs of educational materials. So it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these expenses. 

If you work with a financial professional – and you should, because the investment world is complex – you will need to compensate this individual for his or her expertise and guidance. Financial advisors get paid in different ways, including the following methods: 

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