Great deal – Sharewared http://sharewared.com/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:53:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sharewared.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-29T134115.656-138x136.png Great deal – Sharewared http://sharewared.com/ 32 32 Manchin and Collins argue for overhauling their two-party elections https://sharewared.com/manchin-and-collins-argue-for-overhauling-their-two-party-elections/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:29:40 +0000 https://sharewared.com/manchin-and-collins-argue-for-overhauling-their-two-party-elections/ After the bill was released in July, Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on which they sit was considering also patches to ECA, but their bill has yet to be released. The bipartisan Senate group led by Manchin and Collins produced two bills […]]]>

After the bill was released in July, Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif, and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on which they sit was considering also patches to ECA, but their bill has yet to be released.

The bipartisan Senate group led by Manchin and Collins produced two bills — the CEA overhaul and a bill that addresses other election-related issues like the Postal Service and federal penalties for vote-related interference.

The group divided the topics in part because some will be picked up by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

This package would increase penalties for crimes that include intimidating or threatening election officials or poll watchers, tampering with voting systems, and stealing or destroying election records. It also includes provisions to improve mailing processes and how the Postal Service handles election mail. It also reauthorizes the Election Assistance Commission, an independent agency that helps states provide security and administer federal elections.

Homeland Security Chairman Gary Peters said last week that talks about a hearing were underway, but no announcement is expected before the Senate’s summer recess.

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A Dark Day in Louisville History https://sharewared.com/a-dark-day-in-louisville-history/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 03:15:00 +0000 https://sharewared.com/a-dark-day-in-louisville-history/ The Irish Society of Kentuckiana celebrated the 167th anniversary of “Bloody Monday” on August 1. He is remembered as a dark day in the history of the Irish in Louisville. On the first Monday in August 1855, Protestant mobs attacked German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods in Louisville on election day. The riots grew out of […]]]>

The Irish Society of Kentuckiana celebrated the 167th anniversary of “Bloody Monday” on August 1. He is remembered as a dark day in the history of the Irish in Louisville. On the first Monday in August 1855, Protestant mobs attacked German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods in Louisville on election day. The riots grew out of a bitter rivalry between the Democrats and the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing party I don’t want an Irishman going to vote because he sure won’t vote the Know-Nothing ticket for a reason and that ‘There was a riot that broke out in Louisville,’ said James Patrick Benassi, president of the Irish Society of Kentuckiana. ‘And in the Irish and German parts of town, houses were being burned down. People were shot, killed, stabbed. So it really was a bloody Monday.” Several street fights ensued and 22 people were killed. Many were injured and property was destroyed by fire. It is known as one of the worst anti-immigrant massacres of United States history.

The Irish Society of Kentuckiana celebrated the 167th anniversary of “Bloody Monday” on August 1.

It is remembered as a dark day in the history of the Irish in Louisville. On the first Monday in August 1855, Protestant mobs attacked the German and Irish Catholic neighborhoods of Louisville on election day.

The riots grew out of a bitter rivalry between the Democrats and the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing party.

“The Know-Nothings didn’t want an Irishman to go vote because they sure wouldn’t vote the Know-Nothing ticket for a good reason and there was a riot that broke out in Louisville,” James said. Patrick Benassi. , president of the Irish Society of Kentuckiana. “And in the Irish and German parts of town, houses were being burnt down. People were being shot, killed, stabbed. So it was truly Bloody Monday.”

Several street fights ensued and 22 people were killed. Many were injured and property was destroyed by the fire. It is known as one of the worst anti-immigrant massacres in US history.

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GOP claims on gas prices, economy running on empty | Ray E. Landis https://sharewared.com/gop-claims-on-gas-prices-economy-running-on-empty-ray-e-landis/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 10:38:47 +0000 https://sharewared.com/gop-claims-on-gas-prices-economy-running-on-empty-ray-e-landis/ A recent trip to visit my family took me to some of our neighboring states that either have primary elections coming up or have recently held them. Scattered along the roads were billboards for Republican candidates with a common theme – our economy is a wreck, and it’s all the fault of President Joe Biden […]]]>

A recent trip to visit my family took me to some of our neighboring states that either have primary elections coming up or have recently held them. Scattered along the roads were billboards for Republican candidates with a common theme – our economy is a wreck, and it’s all the fault of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

Similar outdoor posts can be found in central Pennsylvania. Drive from York to Harrisburg and you’ll see an ad that says “Biden Economics – Six Dollars a Gallon of Gas and Empty Shelves” which then asks you to get off at the next exit and visit Maple Donuts, although it doesn’t mention how much the donuts cost or if the pastry trays are full.

Pennsylvania hasn’t seen gasoline prices at $6 a gallon, the selection in our retail stores looks gluttonous to many around the world, and unemployment remains at historic lows, but Republicans are determined to blame pandemic-induced inflation and supply shortages on the Biden administration’s policies in the GOP’s quest to take power in the midterm elections this fall.

Republicans certainly give Biden’s policies a lot of credit. Their claim is that in less than 18 months, the changes instituted by the new administration are solely responsible for dramatic changes in the US economy and society at large.

But those who try to blame Joe Biden for the price hike are ignoring a fundamental fact. It takes a lot longer to fix something than to break it in the first place. And the Biden administration took office after four years of the former occupant of the President’s Oval Office smashing everything he got his hands on.

Enough with the endless nonsense about high gas prices | Opinion

Much of the recent news about former President Donald Trump has focused on hearings held by the House of Representatives Jan. 6 committee on his desperate attempts to stage a coup against American democracy. While essential to establishing Trump’s criminal culpability, these hearings do not discuss how his administration’s policies have left the United States in a very difficult mess to clean up.

Fox “News” viewers may have forgotten that by the end of 2020, a pandemic had swept across the United States that would eventually kill over a million Americans and has yet to fully wane. The pandemic, which nearly claimed Trump himself, was initially dismissed by Republicans, who then spent months undermining attempts to bring it under control.

As the economy finally began to recover from the impact of the pandemic, Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, shaking up global energy markets. Why would Putin commit such a brutal act of aggression? It seems that the war in Ukraine was Russia’s plan B. Plan A ended with Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, as a new president meant that the United States would no longer be on track to sabotage its allies in Western Europe and ultimately end the alliance of NATO.

The combination of the continued impact of the pandemic and Putin’s war crimes has resulted in an economic downturn not just in the United States, but around the world. Trump and his apologists, who unleashed this double whammy, say they have solutions.

But their “solutions” consist of little more than brutalizing the environment, making the rich richer, and appeasing a brutal dictator.

Meanwhile, Trump recently said the United States is “going to hell” and has become “a very dangerous place.” The crime facts don’t support that, but Trump might be onto something with that claim.

Partisan politics haven’t raised gas prices, and partisan snipers won’t bring them down | Opinion

Aggression and hostility seem to be more prevalent in the United States than ever before. Road rage and the use of firearms to threaten and intimidate others are common occurrences. Officials lie without batting an eyelid, and when confronted with evidence that they have lied, double down and lie again. Any type of apology is increasingly seen by many as a weakness of character.

When Trump talks about the country ‘going to hell’, there should be a big video screen with his image staring at him, because that’s the closest he can get to looking in the mirror to find the cause of his complaints. . His public persona encourages bad behavior and his followers answered his call, not only on January 6, 2021, but in their daily lives.

The United States must be a forward-looking country. But we must also learn from history. As we move forward and continue our recovery from 2017-21, we must remember the embarrassment and shame the nation has experienced in those four years and swear and vote that it won’t happen again.

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Here’s Why Black Kids Need Black Books https://sharewared.com/heres-why-black-kids-need-black-books/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 03:03:58 +0000 https://sharewared.com/heres-why-black-kids-need-black-books/ The publishing industry still has a long way to go when it comes to portraying black children and protagonists in books. While browsing the gift shop at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, librarian Kathy Lester saw a young black girl grab a book and run to her parents. Handing it to […]]]>

The publishing industry still has a long way to go when it comes to portraying black children and protagonists in books.

While browsing the gift shop at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, librarian Kathy Lester saw a young black girl grab a book and run to her parents. Handing it to them, the girl told them that she had read it in school and that it was one of her favorite books.

It was Grace Byers”I have enoughwhich features a black girl rocking her big natural curls on the cover. Hearing kids talk like that shows there’s a connection, Lester says.

“If they don’t feel like the books reflect them, they walk away from it, like, ‘This has nothing to do with me,'” says Lester, who is also the president of the American Association of School Librarians. “Where, if they see themselves or find connections between themselves and books, it inspires them to engage more and read more.”

In a TED Talk 2009 which has been viewed 31 million times, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke of the danger of a single story. When children don’t regularly see an accurate representation of themselves, it “sends a powerful and damaging message to them that they don’t belong,” says Katie Potter, senior literacy officer at Lee & Low Booksa New York-based publisher that has been publishing various children’s books for 30 years.

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Republicans are finally done with being obsessed with the media. Good. https://sharewared.com/republicans-are-finally-done-with-being-obsessed-with-the-media-good/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 11:18:38 +0000 https://sharewared.com/republicans-are-finally-done-with-being-obsessed-with-the-media-good/ The corporate media experienced a collective meltdown this week after realizing that the Republicans they love to denigrate and smear are no longer giving members of the press the benefit of the doubt. Much to their dismay, some GOPers refuse to even engage or recognize journalists desperate to write hit stories. In a New York […]]]>

The corporate media experienced a collective meltdown this week after realizing that the Republicans they love to denigrate and smear are no longer giving members of the press the benefit of the doubt. Much to their dismay, some GOPers refuse to even engage or recognize journalists desperate to write hit stories.

In a New York magazine intelligence articleTitled “Why Republicans Stopped Talking to the Press,” David Freedlander complains that former President Donald Trump has ushered in a new era of media disdain in GOP politics that encourages “actively courting media scorn while avoiding anything that may be considered consorting with the enemy.”

An unnamed GOP adviser bluntly explained, “We know that reporters have always been at odds with the Republican Party,” and the media is now “just chasing the clicks of resistance rage.”

Freedlander, however, dismisses these valid concerns and suggests that “there’s really not much Republicans can say” after backing Donald Trump. (Perhaps Freedlander and Bret Stephens of the New York Times, who recently wrote a spurious article further exposing his contempt for Trump supporters, are friends?)

According to Freedlander and his friend New York Times writer Jeremy Peters, Republicans “don’t want to have to defend Donald Trump and his lies about the election.”

Freedlander notes that “most top 24 contenders are media makers in their own right, hosting their own podcasts or, at a minimum, building robust social media feeds.” Instead of acknowledging it’s because conservatives have faced endless political censorship from Big Tech and gross dishonesty from the press, Freedlander says it’s because Republicans want “find places where they don’t have to face questions” about Trump’s election integrity issues.

Vanity Fair published a similar item On Tuesday, complaining about the Florida Republican Party’s decision to limit the media allowed to cover their Sunshine Summit, a conference led by one of the media’s most skilled rejecters, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“GOP politicians are increasingly avoiding sit-down interviews, banning reporters from events in 2022 and skipping debates — an aversion to media scrutiny that could upend the way the next presidential election cycle is covered,” the caption warns.

Vanity Fair, which had no shame in attacking DeSantis and other Republicans before, clearly published the article with the intention of instilling fear about the growing distance between the party and the press. That’s why the headline asks, “Are Republicans going to shut down the press in 2024?”

Of course, I hope Republicans have shut out the press, especially if it means Red lawmakers will refuse to cede ground to corrupt actors who have no problem meddling in elections to achieve their political goals.

After all, history proves that the mainstream media is hostile to the GOP and red voters. When reporters bother to try to speak to Republicans, they are more likely to act in bad faith. Why should Republicans, who know that corporate media clearly has a left-leaning bent, buy into the Democratic-informed narratives peddled by media activists?

Even normal people know not to trust the media. A recent poll suggests that Americans’ trust in the media is at an all-time low. Only 16% of Americans said they have “a lot/somewhat confidence in newspapers.” This confidence drops even lower to 11% for TV news.

As GOP strategist Dave Carney bluntly put it for Freedlander: “Nobody cares what the New York Times writes.”

And neither do Republican politicians.


Jordan Boyd is an editor at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. His work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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Teen Summer Volunteer Program returns to Cone Health https://sharewared.com/teen-summer-volunteer-program-returns-to-cone-health/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:45:55 +0000 https://sharewared.com/teen-summer-volunteer-program-returns-to-cone-health/ High school students spend the month of July serving Cone Health and the community. Greenboro- A group of high school students take time out over the summer to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. The 32 students in Cone Health’s Summer Teen Volunteer program spent the month of July serving patients in […]]]>

High school students spend the month of July serving Cone Health and the community.

Greenboro- A group of high school students take time out over the summer to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

The 32 students in Cone Health’s Summer Teen Volunteer program spent the month of July serving patients in a variety of roles at Moses H. Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital. The cohort is the first to participate in the program since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

The chance to volunteer in the healthcare system was the perfect opportunity for Hunter Metzloff, a rising senior at Guilford Early College. Metzloff spent the month transporting patients to the Moses Cone Hospital campus and learning about community needs.

“I thought it was a good place to help [people]said Metzloff, who one day plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. “I think it’s something more people should be doing. Volunteering is a great way for young people to help out.

The Teen Summer Volunteer Program is for high school students ages 15 and up who are looking to make a difference in the daily lives of Cone Health patients, visitors and staff. The application process includes letters of recommendation, minimum cumulative grade point average, and up-to-date vaccinations. Once accepted, teen volunteers take on a wide range of roles supporting Cone Health and the communities it serves.

For Andrea Tapia-Diaz, a rising senior at Western Guilford High School, helping means staffing the surgical department office at Moses Cone Hospital. Tapia-Diaz wants to be a nurse one day and says her interactions with patients and families have helped her learn a lot about others. Fluent in Spanish, she also appreciated the opportunity to make the hospital experience more enjoyable for those who don’t speak English.

“It’s very special to me,” she said. “Helping people to be more comfortable in their environment when they don’t know how to speak a language fluently is pure happiness for me.

And the students have not only had an impact on patients, they have also brought joy to the lives of some of Cone Health’s full-time volunteers. “They are such a bright light,” said Frances Whitman, an 18-year-old volunteer with Guest Services. “It’s encouraging to know that the next generation has wonderful young people who care.”

In addition to helping others, the volunteer program teaches students how a healthcare system works and gives them useful knowledge they can use in their future careers in medicine. Misa Brumby, a sophomore at Dudley High School, wants to one day become a surgeon or pharmacist and knows that her time volunteering at the Wesley Long Surgical Service Office gives her a head start on that journey.

“Being so young, you can’t really do much,” she said. “You can’t have a job or do anything else, so helping the hospital is a great experience. I appreciate that very much.

Duncan Moore is a freshman at Northern Guilford High School and wants to practice sports medicine one day. As he helps tend the Healing Gardens at Wesley Long and disinfects the children’s playroom at the hospital, he is happy to know that he is putting his free time to good use during the summer.

“It’s great to be out of the house knowing I’m making a difference and not just sitting around and watching TV all day,” he said. “I think it’s really cool to have had the chance to do that.”

After a two-year hiatus, the organizers of the Teen Summer Volunteer Program are excited to once again be working with and guiding the next generation of healthcare professionals.

“Cone Health is very committed to the community, and young people are an important part of the community,” said Holly Beck, assistant director of volunteer services at Cone Health. “These are promising doctors, nurses and professionals who will hopefully return to work and volunteer at Cone Health one day.”

For more information on the Teen Summer Volunteer Program, please email Volunteerservices@conehealth.com.

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Getting back into Picard’s head was no problem for Patrick Stewart https://sharewared.com/getting-back-into-picards-head-was-no-problem-for-patrick-stewart/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 03:30:00 +0000 https://sharewared.com/getting-back-into-picards-head-was-no-problem-for-patrick-stewart/ Initially – as stated in the Guardian “Stewart didn’t want to go back to Picard. He had played the role for seven television seasons and in four feature films. He felt there was nothing left to explore. Indeed, Jean-Luc Picard was already a fully grown adult by the time “Star Trek: The Next Generation” began; […]]]>

Initially – as stated in the Guardian “Stewart didn’t want to go back to Picard. He had played the role for seven television seasons and in four feature films. He felt there was nothing left to explore. Indeed, Jean-Luc Picard was already a fully grown adult by the time “Star Trek: The Next Generation” began; he was mature, intelligent and in control. As a character, Picard wasn’t cut out for much growth. He was an example of unwavering professionalism. Unless a crisis was fabricated, Picard had little to do to become complete; he was already there. It was when Stewart learned that the new show was catching up with retired Picard — he wasn’t in uniform, wasn’t a captain — that he was intrigued. It seemed an older Picard was right where an older Stewart was.

“Star Trek,” however, even more so than most long-running shows and series, is staunchly devoted to continuity. The Guardian asked Stewart if he had done extensive research to remind him of the details of the character, or if he had simply fallen back on memories of Picard:

“The latter. Over the seven seasons of TNG, the distinction between Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart grew ever thinner, until it was impossible for me to know where he left off. and where I started. So much of what I believed and feelings went into this show. So going back to the part, I felt the impact of time on Jean-Luc would be right where I am now. And that’s what I felt.

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Buy wisely in today’s frenetic used car market https://sharewared.com/buy-wisely-in-todays-frenetic-used-car-market/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 19:03:50 +0000 https://sharewared.com/buy-wisely-in-todays-frenetic-used-car-market/ The shortage of new cars has put pressure on the used car market. Although used car prices are stabilizing down they are always 22% more than in 2021. And according to the consumer price index, in June 2022, used car prices were more than 44% higher than in the first quarter of 2020. Buying a […]]]>

The shortage of new cars has put pressure on the used car market. Although used car prices are stabilizing down they are always 22% more than in 2021. And according to the consumer price index, in June 2022, used car prices were more than 44% higher than in the first quarter of 2020.

Buying a vehicle has always been expensive, but at least you could still get a break from buying a used car. Not anymore. So it’s more important than ever to shop around and make an informed buying decision. How do I find and buy a used vehicle? What are the pitfalls to avoid ?

Match your vehicle and your budget

The best way is to start with your budget. By browsing the web, you will know what inventory is available. You will also get an idea of ​​the type of budget you will need to buy a car.

If the type of car you want has a higher average cost than your budget allows, take a realistic view of what you can afford. Don’t look for a used Lexus SUV when your budget is in the Ford SUV range, no matter how good a deal Lexus is.

Once you are comfortable with the type and average cost of a vehicle, decide how you will pay for your purchase.

Car prices have skyrocketed over the past two years. This includes used vehicles. (YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock)

Car loan or cash?

There are two ways to buy a used car. You can either pay cash or take out a loan.

If you pay cash, be careful not to use up your savings all at once. You will always need a nest egg in case of an emergency or if your used car has a problem on the road. Also, don’t forget to set aside funds for taxes, fees, registration, and title.

Taking out a car or personal loan is also a viable option. The advantage of borrowing is that it does not deplete your savings. You will be able to make monthly payments over a fixed period.

If you borrow: caveats

Some used vehicles are selling above book price, especially in today’s inflated market. Be aware that if the price of the car is inflated, it could upset your car credit: in other words, the value of the car could be less than what you borrowed.

Also, if you buy a vehicle with an inflated value and it is totaled or stolen, there may be a gap in your insurance coverage. Auto insurance companies settle claims based on the actual cash value. This means that if your car depreciates, you will not be refunded the sale price. Instead, you will be paid for the depreciated value. It could be a big difference, preventing you from easily buying a replacement.

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Paying cash for your dream car is ideal but not always feasible. (G-Stock Studio/Shutterstock)

Find the car you want

There are several ways to find a used vehicle that meets your needs and your budget. Private sellers list cars online and dealerships sell used cars that they trade in. While switching from one dealership to another — or one website to another — is an option, using a central vehicle listing site like Auto Trader will save you time.

Auto trader features both dealers and private sellers. Search filters include location, vehicle type and model. You can also search by budget, including a desired monthly payment. And since all Auto Trader sellers, whether dealership or private, have to pay, you are less likely to run into scammers.

Craigslist also lists used cars. Listings are free and can be a good source for high-end or low-end vehicles. However, since sellers don’t have to pay to use Craigslist, it can attract scammers.

Used vehicle valuation

Once you have found the vehicle you are interested in, there are several factors to consider. Check the year, make and model. Look what options he has. Does it have a navigation system or a reversing camera? These increase the cost but also add to the fun. Decide which options are important.

Mileage is an important factor. How much mileage does the car have? Keep in mind that the more miles a car has, the more likely the car will need major repairs, sooner rather than later.

And finally, what is the condition of the car? There are several levels used to assess the condition of a vehicle. In the USA, conditions ranging from 0 (ineffective) to 5 (excellent). When it comes to the value of a vehicle, even a single difference in quality can significantly affect the price.

If you are buying the vehicle from a private seller, have a mechanic drive the car and evaluate the engine. You will also want to examine the body. Surface rust could indicate deeper issues.

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If you buy a vehicle from a private seller, have a mechanic run a diagnostic. (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

Search vehicle history

Is the title proper? If you are buying from a private seller, does the person really own the vehicle? Beware of stolen cars. It’s always a good idea to run the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) through the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) VIN Check. This free service could save you a lot of trouble.

Check if the title contains “recovery”. A salvage vehicle might be a bargain — and it might look great — but it could have hidden structural issues from an accident.

Finally, run a CARFAX or similar vehicle history report. Carfax currently charges $39.99 for a report, but the company offers several report plans that can save you money when shopping.

A vehicle history report includes major accidents, airbag deployment, and red flags such as ‘mileage not actual’ or ‘actual mileage unknown’. While this could mean that someone simply typed in the wrong mileage at some point, it could also mean that the odometer was cleared.

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“Not the actual mileage” could signal an odometer rollback. (Courtesy of David Taylor)

Negotiate a price

With the current landscape, this one could be difficult, but it can’t hurt to bargain.

If you’re buying a car from a dealership, salespeople will often focus on the monthly payment. Don’t negotiate for a lower monthly payment. Instead, the goal is to negotiate the total cost of the vehicle. The monthly payment may seem low, but it would have been even lower if you had negotiated the overall price of the vehicles.

Note the prices that are launched so as not to be mistaken. And ask about fees and taxes, as these can inflate the price.

Finally, don’t fall in love with the car until you’ve bought it. Be ready to walk away if things don’t go your way.

The essential

The shortage of new vehicles has increased the demand for used vehicles. This makes buying second-hand. car more delicate than usual. So be prepared when talking to that seller or dealership. Check vehicle history. And don’t be afraid to walk away if the negotiations don’t go your way.

The Epoch Times Copyright © 2022 The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors. They are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed or construed as a recommendation or solicitation. The Epoch Times does not provide investment, tax, legal, financial planning, estate planning, or other personal finance advice. Epoch Times assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or timeliness of the information provided.

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The Dallas Mavericks’ worst shot of the 2022 NBA offseason https://sharewared.com/the-dallas-mavericks-worst-shot-of-the-2022-nba-offseason/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 19:43:49 +0000 https://sharewared.com/the-dallas-mavericks-worst-shot-of-the-2022-nba-offseason/ The Dallas Mavericks are coming off an exciting season in which they far exceeded expectations. Led by Luka Doncic, the team made it to the Western Conference Finals. With Doncic still just 23 and already one of the most impressive talents in the NBA, there is exciting potential for the franchise. However, they still have […]]]>

The Dallas Mavericks are coming off an exciting season in which they far exceeded expectations. Led by Luka Doncic, the team made it to the Western Conference Finals. With Doncic still just 23 and already one of the most impressive talents in the NBA, there is exciting potential for the franchise. However, they still have a lot of work to do to fully overcome the championship bump.

Dallas has already made some notable moves this offseason. They traded for Christian Wood without having to touch any key members of their rotation. The Mavericks also added JaVale McGee in free agency. The franchise made a strong addition of Jaden Hardy in the draft and also brought back Frank Ntilikina. The team also still has one spot left on the roster. However, all has not been good for the Mavericks. There was one key loss that the franchise will come to greatly regret moving forward – Jalen Brunson.

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The Dallas Mavericks’ worst shot of the 2022 NBA offseason

In fairness to the Mavericks, it looks like they did their best to keep Jalen Brunson. The Villanova product has agreed to a four-year contract worth $104 million to play with the New York Knicks. It’s a move the Knicks have been aiming for for some time, even before last season. The solid contract offer as well as the hiring of his father on the coaching staff eventually attracted Brunson. The Mavericks would have offered guard a five-year contract worth $110 million with an 8% increase each year. That still can’t compare to the average $26 million he’ll earn in New York. It is important to note that the franchise currently faces certain cap restrictions and is limited in what it could offer.

However, the logic of why they couldn’t match the Knicks’ offer doesn’t make it an easier pill to swallow. Jalen Brunson is coming off the best year of his career where he on average 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He also had an incredibly impressive playoff run where he averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Brunson was able to step in early in the playoffs when Luka Doncic was out and proved to be an ideal backcourt partner when he was in the lineup.

While Luka Doncic is a formidable talent and there’s a lot to love about his game, he’s not the easiest player to play alongside. Doncic is incredibly dominant in his nature. He led the NBA in usage rate last year, although his productivity is undeniable. Brunson did a great job playing off the ball most of the time and still creating his own shot when the team needed it. It’s hard for a player to maintain a rhythm in this type of role but Brunson did just that.

Perhaps what makes the loss most notable is the lack of effort to replace the guard. There is some buzz surrounding Jaden Hardy, but the inefficiencies in his game suggest he will take some time to adapt. Hardy averaged 19.5 points last season with the G-League Ignite, but shot just 37.9% from the field and 30.9% on three-point attempts. Asking a 20-year-old second-round pick to play as a major contributor would be a big ask. He’s an intriguing talent with great long-term potential, but probably a few years from now.

The Mavericks will rely primarily on last year’s supporting record to fill Jalen Brunson’s role. Tim Hardaway Jr played just 42 games last season due to a broken foot. He will be sought to fill part of the production that Brunson’s absence will leave. There is also optimism that Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to grow in his chemistry with Doncic. The 6’5″ guard played a total of 41 games with the Mavericks last season after the trade. With a full offseason and full training camp to find his groove with the team, Dinwiddie could be ready for an expanded role. The empty list space should also be noted as there might be another move going on.

Either way, it’s worth noting that the shoes Jalen Brunson left behind won’t be easy to fill. The 25-year-old has been a variable part of the Mavericks throughout his career. The franchise must prepare to move in a new direction and recognize how significant the loss is. As long as Luka Doncic remains a member of the squad, you can’t count the Mavs. However, it’s going to take a real adjustment in the game as Luka will need a new sidekick moving forward.

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The Durant-Ayton speculation is moving so fast we need a time machine https://sharewared.com/the-durant-ayton-speculation-is-moving-so-fast-we-need-a-time-machine/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 23:31:26 +0000 https://sharewared.com/the-durant-ayton-speculation-is-moving-so-fast-we-need-a-time-machine/ Let’s step back into the future with the Phoenix Suns and Deandre Ayton to look at the present — specifically Thursday, July 14, 2022 — as if it were the past. It will either be a 1.21 gigawatt reshuffle of the entire NBA championship landscape or the most overhyped, mundane free agency imaginable. We don’t […]]]>

Let’s step back into the future with the Phoenix Suns and Deandre Ayton to look at the present — specifically Thursday, July 14, 2022 — as if it were the past.

It will either be a 1.21 gigawatt reshuffle of the entire NBA championship landscape or the most overhyped, mundane free agency imaginable.

We don’t have to go far, just for the All-Star Game, February 19, 2023. There are many ways the day could turn out, and it all starts with a bunch of GMs arguing over a period of 23 years. -former center whose future looks much brighter than its past.

May 15, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) is trodden by Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Footprint Center.

Back to the Future: Part 1

Suns general manager James Jones and his Brooklyn counterpart Sean Marks want to make a deal.

Marks wants to send out a disgruntled Kevin Durant, but the Nets front office doesn’t want to build around a center. They want a young star who plays on the perimeter.

That means they have to strike a three-team deal – at a minimum.

Maybe Jones and Marks can talk on the phone with Utah honcho Danny Ainge? (Jerry Colangelo can arrange the call. Marks and Ainge used to work for him. Jones runs the old MC franchise)

That would send Donovan Mitchell from Utah to Brooklyn.

Ayton would go to Utah.

Durant would come to Phoenix.

There would be draft picks and other players involved to make the salary calculation work.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) defends against Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 8, 2022 in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

But if that’s how it goes, Phoenix is ​​in first place at the All-Star break. Durant and Chris Paul are coasting, leaving Devin Booker to get most of the shots. They are biding their time before the playoffs. All they want is a showdown with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Ayton, meanwhile, made his first All-Star team, playing for a Utah franchise that has a legacy of memorable big men, from Mark Eaton to Rudy Gobert, but none with Ayton’s offensive firepower. .

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