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Some of this, some of that

Brian Larsen

When Superior National golf-pro Heath Ekstrom completed 135 holes of golf in one day, a feat that raised $4,874.50 for Folds of Honor, he also put up some unique statistics.

Ekstrom played the equivalent of fifteen 9-hole rounds. He shot a total score of 560, averaging 37.33 per 9-holes. Heath made 234 putts, 19 for birdies, 82 putts were for par, 36 putts were bogeys, and he had four putts he classified as “others.” He lost 16 balls on his epic outing, drank one beer after completing 100 holes and a few more after completing 135 holes. He quit because his back was tightening up. The next morning Ekstrom took four Advil.

“I am planning on doing it again next summer,” said Ekstrom.

Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members while serving our nation.

Can politicians from opposite parties work together? Apparently so, the ones that are reasonable, anyway.

On October 4, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that their bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from neglect and financial exploitation passed Congress and is headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

According to a press release from Senator Klobuchar, “The Court- Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act would help crack down on elder abuse by strengthening oversight and accountability for guardians and conservators.”

It’s a good law. And it’s good to see our politicians working across the aisle for once rather than pointing fingers, name calling, and fighting.

Jim Boyd from the Cook County Chamber of Commerce has some advice for those worried about the Equifax mess.

“In light of the massive data breach at the Equifax credit agency, many people are expressing confusion about what to do to protect themselves in this and similar situations. From one expert, here is some good advice: . Contact one of the three credit agencies and place a free fraud alert on your account. The three agencies are: Equifax 1-800-349-9960; Experian 1-888-397-3742; TransUnion 1-888- 909-8872.

“If you contact one, it is required to contact the other two on your behalf, so with the one call, you get a fraud alert on all three accounts. A fraud alert (also known as an initial security alert) will warn lenders that you may have been a fraud victim. This extra precaution will notify the potential lender that they should take additional steps to verify your identity before granting any new line of credit in your name. The fraud alert will stay on your credit report for 90 days, and you can renew it when it expires.

“There is also an ‘extended’ fraud alert that remains in place for seven years. An extended fraud alert is for people who have been victimized by identity theft and want to ensure that new accounts can’t be opened using their information. Initiating an extended fraud alert requires you to provide proof of your identity, as well as an investigative or incident report filed with your local police department or sheriff ’s office or with the Postal Inspection Service or Department of Motor Vehicles.

“The most involved action you can take is to put in place a freeze on your credit reports, which means no one can access the report and use it to open new accounts or evaluate your creditworthiness for any reason – including mortgage applications, loans, etc. You can learn more about credit freezes here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs.” . Monitor your bank and credit card accounts. Do this at least once-a-week. Make sure the balances are about right, and you remember each transaction. If your bank or credit card company offers it, you might also have a text message or email sent to you every time the card is used for more than $25. Very reassuring, and you don’t have to log-in to check everything so often. This is really important. If you report fraudulent charges in a reasonable time, you are responsible for zero! These very same charges would be all your problem if you wait too long to dispute. Check to see what the “reasonable time” for reporting is at your bank or credit card company. . Sign up for the identity theft program at the Federal Trade Commission. Every cop in the U.S. will tell you they are the best. www.identitytheft.gov is where you start.

Last, what transpired in our school concerning racist bullying isn’t acceptable. Never was, never will be. Bullying in any form isn’t acceptable. Never was. Never will be. Treat people the way you want to be treated. If that’s the only rule you follow, that will get you a long way towards a good life. I leave you with the following quote: “Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.”

~Ruth Benedict


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