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Ted Oglesby

Ted Oglesby





Recent Articles by Ted Oglesby

  • Dear Readers:
    Let's review what to expect politically and fiscally in 2014. Politically, starting with President Obama, watch for him to do as much as he can through his legal prerogatives.
  • BE READY AND SMART: TAX SEASON IS ABOUT HERE
    Many taxpayers just file the short form (no itemized deductions, extra income from various sources such as stocks, bonds, rentals, etc). This may or may not be the smart thing. Others with the aforementioned types of income always file the long form and take all the deductions, etc. A surprising number rotate: one year long form, the next short form.
  • About our income tax dilema
    Congress put us taxpayers in an unholy mess and Congress could get us part-way out if it only would. Let's outline the problems and possible ways to ease the strains:
  • The Kennedy Assassination
    The fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963: when President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated just past the Texas School Book Depository and just before reaching a bridge over the highway on his way to make a speech.
  • About year-end tax planning
    Congress put us taxpayers in an unholy mess and Congress could get us part-way out if it only would. Let's outline the problems and possible ways to ease the strains:
  • Very Accomplished Citizens Lost
    Our community lost several very accomplished citizens over the last few weeks. All three had some influence on my life in various ways.
  • OKAY, ENOUGH ALREADY!
    All this protesting about the black Trayvon Martin being killed by the Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter being some kind of racial violence has gone far enough. No, it's already gone far to far. Protest rallies have been held all across the nation, including right here in Hall County! A jury has unanimously spoken.
  • Rethinking Gun Control
    I've been re-thinking my earlier stated position on gun control after the Sandy Hook and other recent mindless massacres on the streets, schools theaters and churches. I've debated point and counterpoint in my mind, take notes of competing positions, studying them and listing pros and cons. Here's what that research showed me.
  • Gun control and Gay Marriage.
    One of two furors in Washington, D.C. is the gun control battle. President Obama and the liberals want tough controls and the National Rifle Association (NRA) does agree that all future gun purchases require a background check and convicted felons be denied license to acquire any kind of gun. That's about as close they're together and there's little chance they'll get any closer.
  • Disagreements and Agreements
    I'm old but I don' t think I'm a grumpy old man. Hall County Commission Chairman Dick Mecum and I have been great friends and a tax preparation client for many years. We usually agree on most things but occasionally disagree. This is one of those times, at least partially.
  • GOP Destroying Itself
    The Republican Party could be destroying itself, making itself irrelevant in today's world. The House is right to let the sequester (fiscal cliff) go if the Obama-led Democrats don't keep the promise Obama made in exchange for raising taxes to cut spending by at least that amount, preferably a bit more.
  • Lawrence Welk Saturday Nights
    Several years ago one December Saturday night I was channel surfing searching on the television set for some program to fill space time until my favorites Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy came on. I happened to come across a program where an Irish tenor man with a short grey beard who was really belting out the song "O Holy Night."
  • Homosexuality
    Many people have asked me what I think about legalizing gay marriage as several states have done. It is becoming a very contentious issue nationwide. Those who know me know I donít avoid controversy when I have sound reasons for my position knowing full well some people will disagree Ė hopefully politely.
  • Approaching the Fiscal Cliff and Pecan Pie
    Bragging a bit on myself, Iím known among close friends to have developed a recipe for making a truly mean pecan pie. No one who ever has tasted it has failed to ask for the recipe. I usually bake 8 nine-inch pies each baking. We heat up and eat some with ice cream on it for dessert. I give some to family and friends and put the rest in the freezer. I usually do this several times a year.
  • Obama WIns
    I woke up Wednesday morning convinced I had a terrible nightmare during the night. When I got the papers, I realized it in fact was real life, nonetheless still a nightmare.
  • Tax Developments
    With just a few days remaining before we vote, the presidential race remains tightly tied to the battleground states.
  • Second debate and more
    President Obama rebounded strongly from a disaster in the first presidential debate., An instant poll of 500 undecided voters showed Obama winning by a 7 point margin with 33% rating it a tie. Nonetheless, the same polls showed Mitt Romney winning by a nearly two-third majority the question of who would be best able to fix the economy.
  • Pancake Breakfast Debate
    Mitt Romney did exactly what he needed to do to get back into the presidential race. He did he ever do it in unexpected style!
  • We Can't Afford 4 more Years
    I repeat myself in saying Iíve had doubts from the start that Mitt Romney could beat President Obama, but Iíd do all I could to help him because our country canít afford 4 more Obama years.
  • Listen up AARP members!
    Hereís a terrific opportunity for most Georgians to get a state-mandated 10 percent discount in your automobile insurance premiums for a maximum of $14, only $12 for AARP members.
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