September 15, 2020
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Donald Wittmer

DONALD WITTMER is a retired business executive who held key roles in the automotive and banking sectors. For a time, he also served as a Fiscal Agency Manager for the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from Cincinnati's Xavier University, an M.A. in business management from Central Michigan University, and earned certification in bank operations from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A husband, father, and grandfather, he teaches part-time at the Kent Place School for Girls in Summit, New Jersey.

Paycheck to Paycheck

Roughly half, at least 46% of households in the United States today, cannot come up with $400 in cash for an emergency. They would have to put the $400 on a credit card, or borrow from friends and family or simply not cover it at all. Not...

Tough Times Ahead

I am not looking forward to the post “coronavirus times” as the difficult decisions we are making now are sowing the seeds for some very difficult times after we survive this virus. Most Americans today do not remember the Depression of the...

Our World is Getting Smaller

We have all read about situations like the coronavirus in science fiction novels but now, in 2020, it is actually happening. I saw pictures of airports like O’Hare in Chicago where hundreds of travelers were standing around trying to figure...

Our Biased News

If you spend any time reading the news today, it is easy to get frustrated over what I call partial news, incomplete news, slanted/bias news, and just plain garbage news. So much of what we read today is either incomplete or so slanted that it is...

Out of Control

Do you get the feeling that our government or at least the direction of our government is out of control? Don’t feel alone. Americans seem to be in the midst of a debt revolution. Everyone seems to have a “plan,” but the plans are not coordinated in...

Our Shrinking Reality

I live in a small town in New Jersey where things have not been going so well for our parish or the surrounding diocese. We have struggled to maintain two priests at our parish. Our pastor, now approaching 75 years of age, has appealed numerous...

Depression & WW2: The End of An Era for America

My son pointed out to me as we settled our bill in a restaurant recently: “Dad, how come you still use cash? Nobody does that any more!” I casually commented that “It reflects the time that I was raised.” There are fewer and fewer of...

New Government Initiatives?

I often wonder who why our Congress seems to be able to react to every whim in the daily news and seems ready to discuss the latest events but seldom do we see anyone working on new approaches that make sense to the hard-working taxpayer. It appears...