Ernest Hemingway may have been right about not asking for whom the bell tolls. But when the state of Washington tolls you, and you weren't anywhere near the toll way, you should definitely ask. As in "What the hell?"
Full disclosure: My daughter is a senior at St. Mary's Academy, and my wife's ties to the school date back to the Carter administration. So I have taken more than a passing interest in the events of the past week as a figurative firestorm has engulfed the all-girls high school in downtown Portland.
Dear Mr. Berko: I told my broker at Wells Fargo that I wanted to take a gamble with $5,000, and he recommended that I buy 400 shares of CVR Partners at $12. At the time, the issue paid $1.56 and yielded 13 percent. So I bought 400 shares, and my greedy side wants me to buy another 400 shares. Please tell me what you know and think about this company and (I can afford the risk) whether I should invest another $5,000.
Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.
As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask, Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey — as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the states where the worst fires now rage.
Dear Mr. Berko: What can you tell me about Porter Stansberry's credentials and newsletter? Yahoo Finance has been excerpting his comments. Some sound exciting, but others sound scary. I might subscribe to his newsletter if you think his ideas are worth paying for.
Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won't beat Hillary Clinton. He's been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there's no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time.
The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.
A newscaster broke into the regularly scheduled program with breaking news: The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 1,000 points. The network began showing frenzied people on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As each image flashed across the screen, I became more fearful.