Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
The majority of Americans 30 and older are financially unprepared for retirement. How are you set?
Looking good 44 percent
Not so good 45 percent
Not sure 11 percent
• Just a guess, but I suspect that “looking good” scores high in this valley because so many have benefited and do benefit from employment in the variety of government services here such as forestry and agriculture and more.
• I was prepared right up until the 2008 presidential election.
• It seems my 401k was fine until G.W. Bush let the banking/financial industry steal the economy. My 401k has been climbing ever since Barack Obama has been in office.
• As a wage earner you really need to set aside some percentage of what you make because you can never be sure of what the future will bring. If you are over about 25 and don’t yet have a financial plan in place for your retirement, you better sit down with a professional planner that you can trust and get the ball rolling.
• It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I began to make enough to put aside for this moment. Between a house, a family, college for the kids and a pack of hungry attorneys to pay off occasionally it was touch and go sometimes.
• I never graduated college, took a “lucrative” government job three months after high school. Now I’m hoping the retirement that I worked for for 25 years before being RIFed is there when I’m old enough to get an annuity.
• Twenty- to 30-year-olds now days are told to go to college. The only trouble with that is that leaves nobody to do the work with their hands and ingenuity to accomplish anything. About two thirds of them will never find a good paying job, unless he/she becomes a politician.
• It has been proven that a college degree results in hundreds of thousands of more earned dollars over a lifetime. It is also true that not everyone should or can get a college education, and in today’s economy not every college grad can get work in the field they want, however that will change over time as the economy improves.
Which county Republican group is hosting the best speaker for its annual banquet?
Chelan County with NRA President David Keene 47 percent
Douglas County with actor John Ratzenberger 53 percent
• John who?
• What they really need to do is to unite the counties on these issues, and bring in Ted Nugent to educate the people.
Which movie will win Best Picture?
Amour 0 percent
Argo 27 percent
Beasts of the Southern Wild 0 percent
Django Unchained 5 percent
Les Miserables 14 percent
Life of Pi 2 percent
Lincoln 37 percent
Silver Linings Playbook 7 percent
Zero Dark Thirty 8 percent
• I haven’t seen any of them so I don’t know or care.
• I see a couple of titles there that I might like to see, but I have no idea why anyone gets all excited about what film or what people win Oscars. I’m a little more grounded in reality than that.
• Best picture in whose eyes or opinion? There are pictures not listed that I have sat and watched with the grandkids and just loved while some on this list sort of well, sucked bad!
• I haven’t been to a movie since “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding.” I am judging from the reviews on TV.
The current poll question:
Will a deal be reached by Friday to head off automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts?
Go to wenatcheeworld.com to vote.