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Summer 2022

Sleeping Juror

“Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.”
An anxious silence hung over the courtroom. The plaintiff’s lawyer stood up, squared his shoulders, buttoned his jacket and sauntered towards me. I was testifying as an expert witness for the defense, and I braced myself for a bare-knuckle brawl. Like a seasoned boxer, he started with soft jabs, then unleashed a volley of hard-hitting […]
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Spring 2022

Danger Zone for Your IRA

“Collecting more taxes than absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”
As a husband and father, Peter Penguin was unrivaled in his devotion. When it came to nesting, though, he had made a foolish blunder. The family home was only a short trek from the ocean’s buffet of fish and squid. Waddling there and back safely was another matter. Between the nest and the ocean was […]
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Winter 2022

Why They Fly from Illinois - Part Deux

“Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test.”
Illinois residents continue to flee as the crime, grime and taxes grow ever more burdensome. The Land of Lincoln lost almost 130,000 residents in 2021, its eighth straight year of decline. The dream destination for many? Florida. The Sunshine State has long offered low taxes, warm weather, and some of the best beaches in the […]
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Fall 2021

A Real Family Foundation

"Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog."
Ribbons bobbing, she strode into the boardroom with plucky confidence and proceeded to give an eloquent presentation to a platoon of men in dark suits gathered around the conference table. She was all of six years old. Art supplies were in short supply at her kindergarten, she solemnly informed the trustees of her family foundation. […]
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Summer 2021

Beware the Riptide

“Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements of society.”
One of nature’s deadliest deceptions, a riptide is a narrow but powerful underwater current that lurks close to shore often under the illusion of a gentle surf. Even the most experienced swimmer can be swept out to sea fighting a current so swift it can reach speeds of up to eight feet per second. A […]
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