May 25, 2016
DEAR ABBY: A co-worker has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She's not sure how long she may have. She is relatively young, so it's tragic. We have excellent insurance from work, national health care and disability insurance. Another co-worker sent out an email with a link to a crowdfunding site as well as an invitation to a party selling products. The proceeds will be donated to fulfilling a "cancer bucket list," which includes pampering, trips, and other luxuries. I sympathize with anyone having a terminal illness, but why does that mean I have to give money?
January 24, 2014 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Oklahoma corner Aaron Colvin crumpled at the end of a one-on-one passing drill in Tuesday afternoon's South team Senior Bowl practice. In the stands, Colvin's agent, Ken Sarnoff, immediately feared the worst. Sarnoff worked his way down to the field, where an orthopedist on hand already was manipulating Colvin's right knee. It felt loose. Quickly, Colvin was loaded into a car for transport to an MRI clinic. Sarnoff jumped into his rental car and the caravan sped off. "It's the most devastating thing I've experienced in 16 years in the business," Sarnoff said yesterday from Pensacola, Fla., where he accompanied Colvin to the clinic of famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
February 4, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I'm in a terrible dilemma over insurance. I am 35 and have recently become a first-time father to a beautiful baby girl. Naturally, the question of life insurance came up. We got seven calls from agents selling life insurance in the month following her birth. We contacted the guy who takes care of our car and homeowner's, and he came back with the statement that long-term disability insurance is more important. He said that death is more traumatic for the other family members, but disability is far more likely.
November 29, 2012
DEAR HARRY: I am in my 60s and my husband is approaching 70. We have been debating for a number of years the wisdom of long-term-care insurance. We've heard arguments on both sides. We have heard that life-care communities are also a viable alternative. So now we have three choices (buy, not buy, community). Then there are considerations of how long a period of coverage, inflation increases in benefits, premium increases, etc. Which way to go? WHAT HARRY SAYS: There are pluses and minuses for each choice.
September 18, 2012
SITTING ON HIS park bench, Philip Abrams calls himself the "mayor of Rittenhouse Square," even though he's there only a few days a week. The rest of the time he's in his native New York City. In the 6-acre oasis, for which we are indebted to William Penn, there are other self-anointed mayors, but Abrams calls himself "the mayor with the dog," a laid-back Rhodesian ridgeback named Arye Oji. He says that means "lion of God. " For the colorful Abrams, "Fido" would never do. Sitting in the sun-dappled square, Abrams tells me what brought him here two years ago and where he plans to go. He has more stories than Hans Christian Andersen, but they are not fairy tales.
May 8, 2012
Hey, we goofed, OK? When we cut out Harry Gross' column last July but insisted "remaining true to our populist roots as the People's Paper," most of you begged to differ. One reader asked, "Have you people lost your mind?" while another asked, "How is a horoscope column more important to readers than Mr. Gross' column?" The good news is that some mistakes can be corrected. So we're thrilled to announce the return of our personal-finance columnist. IT'S GREAT to be back! Through many years of teaching, writing and lecturing, I have come across or invented many aphorisms that apply to financial situations.
April 25, 2012 |
A Delaware County man who federal prosecutors say used two different names and social security numbers in a scheme to convert more than $241,000 of Social Security disability benefits for his own use while he was working was sentenced to five years probation today. U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner ordered Anthony Alvin Glass, 67, of Chester, to serve the first 18 months of probation under house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $241,119.
April 20, 2011 |
GRANBURY, Texas - Kevin Kolb loves to fish, and angling for bass has provided the Eagles' backup quarterback with the gift of patience. Many teams need quarterbacks, but the NFL lockout is preventing player movement as well as organized team practices. So Kolb works out at Glen Rose High School, where a former assistant coach at Kolb's alma mater, Stephenville High, Tommy Dunn, is the head coach, and he waits. "I want to be starting somewhere next year. I really want to be," the 26-year-old Kolb said.
March 18, 2008 |
Employee compensation in private industry in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York area in December was $30.10 an hour, the second-highest of the nation's nine regions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. The highest hourly total, $30.18, was in New England. In the three Middle Atlantic states, wages averaged $20.72 an hour, while the rest of the total was the cost of benefits such as vacation/holiday/sick pay, life/health/disability insurance, Social Security/Medicare, and retirement contributions.
July 12, 2007 |
Sidney Grossman, 91, who after a near-fatal accident while in his mid-20s was inspired to go into the insurance business, died June 29 in Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., of complications after a fall. Mr. Grossman had homes in Northeast Philadelphia, Medford Lakes, and Ocala, Fla. Mr. Grossman learned to work hard as a child and kept his work ethic throughout his life. From age 5, Mr. Grossman worked with his parents and five siblings in the family's deli at 40th Street and Girard Avenue.