Commentary

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 – only five days after Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War – it marked the end of a giant of a man who led the fight to preserve the Union. But it was the beginning of a remarkable cult of personality unprecedented in American history.

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Q. I had a credit card account that was written off several years ago. I have now received a letter from a debt collector stating that if I don’t pay, I will be sued. How do I owe any money if the account was written-off? Should I just ignore this?

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Editor’s Note: Business Journal contributor Vyki Alleman launched her business with this statement: “Your business is your dream. Is your dream getting the exposure it deserves? Rockit Multimedia is a new marketing company with new ideas.

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We are all likely cognizant of the major social networking Web services, as they have become an integral part of many of our daily lives. I have written about Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus in this column, and have accounts on all three. I use Facebook and Google Plus almost daily but admittedly have not been on Twitter in several months.

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Q. My boyfriend and I bought a house two years ago. We recently broke up and he kept the house. He has been late on the mortgage payment, and the bank is now calling me. How do I get my name off this loan?

A. The simple answer is that you can’t get your name removed from the loan unless he refinances in his own name or the bank agrees to release you. The fact that you are no longer together is between you and your boyfriend. It does not affect your liability to the bank.

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I was recently doing one of my cyber security presentations at a professional meeting in a posh Dallas area hotel, and there was a need for several users to get online for research purposes. As the speaker, I had a hard-wired Ethernet connection allowing me to access the Internet, but the available WiFi connections in the room were weak and slow, making it difficult for the others to connect to the Internet.

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Monday, March 19, is an important day in Southeast Texas for all those concerned about the welfare of the boys and girls who live in the area. The Tom Mulvaney Golf Tournament is on tap beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at the Beaumont County Club. The event is a prime fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) and depends on this fun-filled day to help meet the many needs of an ever-expanding population.

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I have to admit that the most frequent sources of ideas for this column are interesting questions asked by callers on my weekly radio show on KLVI (6 p.m. Mondays, 560AM), and e-mails from readers of this column. In a somewhat unusual move for me, I will respond to two of those inquiries in this column.

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A friend sent this to me and I was attracted to the truth it shared. Although it is a work of fiction originally published under the name Elizabeth Silance Ballard in 1974, this tale cobbled together from the real-life experiences of the author and her contemporaries contains life lessons that still hold value for us today.

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The idea of bunting, tulle, satin and organza being used in an educational setting at Central High School is not outside the spectrum of reality, but claims that these items and more were used to help boys become men is a little far-fetched.

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