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Pay it down, pay it off

I began a conversation with David Briggs in last week's column, about Americans and our staggeringly high and steadily increasing consumer debt (find it at betsysblog.com). We Americans are awash in it.

This week -- it's what to do about it.


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Manufactured news ain’t news

This is a cautionary tale about how journalism sometimes gets practiced in contemporary America.

A few weeks ago, a Wall Street Journal reporter named Amy Chozick got a bright idea for a news story: In a nation where according to our public health authorities nearly two-thirds of the adult population is too fat, is Barack Obama too skinny to be elected president?


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Note to the Olympics: I’m ready

I have always dreamed of competing in the Olympic Games. Sadly, as with so many who have dared to dream of glory, the only thing that held me back was lack of athletic talent.

It seems so unfair given the level of my desire. With the Beijing Olympics opening on Friday, I should be rejoicing but instead I am reminded of my old limitations.


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Was anti-gun activist an NRA spy?

A gun-control activist who championed the cause for more than a decade and served on the boards of two anti-violence groups is suspected of working as a paid spy for the National Rifle Association, and now those organizations are expelling her and sweeping their offices for bugs.


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We spend too much on our kids

We parents on average spend five times more on our kids today than we did 25 year ago, and that's in real dollars. So David Briggs, head of the Good Sense Financial Stewardships Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., told me.


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An ode to cruising

High gas prices are threatening an almost sacred American tradition -- driving around aimlessly, cruising, if you will.

Driving around aimlessly is such a part of our culture that it has its own signature film, "American Graffiti," in which a group of teen-agers spend the night driving aimlessly around Modesto, California.


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