November 14, 2012
"I'm sorry for all the times I distracted you while driving," says my sixteen-year-old who is just learning all about how to handle a steering wheel. Teaching a teen to drive has often brought me good content on the air. As my teen awkwardly steers and passes women in large SUV's with kids in the back, all while chatting with a cell phone glued to her ear, my kid wonders how anyone can multi-task like this. Unfortunately, she'll learn all too soon the tricks available to a comfortable driver, but I appreciate her vision at this time so much. She wonders why more people don't at least use a Bluetooth. And honestly, as I survey the scene 8 out of the 10 culprits are women, some men and teens, but more women are yakking on a cell phone with one hand, and driving with another. Perhaps the gift of a Christmas Bluetooth could drive home a station's mission to be "safe for the family."
Who is the biggest influence in her life?
What did she originally think her career would be?
Who is her role model?
What's the riskiest thing she has ever done?
What's the proudest day of her life so far?
What's the worst thing she's ever read?
Where is the oddest place she's seen a tip jar?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helps her to spend now and save on taxes later. It offers green tax credits for homeowners. She can receive a 30 percent credit on the cost of qualifying home improvements that are put into service in 2009 and 2010, with a maximum return of $1,500. Contacting the manufacturer and asking for a certification statement is the best form of proof for this benefit. Some qualified products are insulation, windows and doors, skylights, water heaters, and heat pumps. This only applies to the materials, not the labor cost. For more info, log onto www.energystar.gov/taxcredits
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