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Kentucky’s giant Confederate monument likely won’t be taken down anytime soon

Q: With all the furor over Confederate monuments and statues, I’d like to draw your attention to the biggest and grandest Confederate monument of them all in Fairview, Ky. It is a gigantic obelisk similar to the Washington Monument that honors Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. Has there been any effort to move or demolish this monument? Or are rural Kentuckians too stubborn to consider dishonoring President Davis?

Answer Man

When signing up for a Health Savings Account, make sure to read the fine print

Q: We have a Health Savings Account at a local community bank. It’s basically for large medical expenses, so we don’t use it often. We just received a notice in the mail that the account “has been inactive since March 2, 2016, and will become dormant on March 2, 2018. Although this is your money, the law requires us, after a certain period of time, to turn over the money on deposit in inactive accounts to the State. ... Dormant balances of $999 or less will be charged $6 monthly.” I thought an account had to be dormant much longer than two years. Doesn’t the state have better things to do than to go after accounts that have been inactive for two years or longer? Also, the $6-per-month fee seems excessive and the state should be more concerned about those high dormancy fees than two years of inactivity. Could you check this out please? It just doesn’t sound correct.

Answer Man

This is why Russian athletes are still allowed to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Q: I have been watching the Olympics, and I still don’t understand something: I thought the Russians were banned because of doping, so how can their athletes be competing? What’s more, I was told that until about 1990 there was a rule stating that only amateurs could compete. Did the Soviet government pay their athletes’ living expenses but not give them a salary so they could say they weren’t professionals? I remember how unfair it seemed watching our college students competing against their much more mature athletes.

Answer Man

Tracking down old B-movies can be a challenge

Q: I am trying to track down some probably B movies from my younger days. First, a post-WWII (or Civil War) film about war buddies who upon discharge pledge to always help if one of them sends the others a card with the words “Come runnin’.” Probably 1950 to 1956. Second, a movie from the same time period about Sunday dinners together forever. Finally, a hurricane-themed movie about a hurricane hunter and the flight in and out of the eye, perhaps starring Richard Widmark or Alan Ladd.

Answer Man

This is why it’s not called Hofbräuhaus Belleville

Q: It makes me angry every time I drive by the Hofbräuhaus restaurant (which at last report still will open some year) and see “Hofbräuhaus St. Louis” on the wall. Not only is it not in St. Louis, but also Belleville has put up huge sums of money to get it to locate here. What’s the deal? Why do you think it’s not Hofbräuhaus Belleville?

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