Commentary

Q. Is it against any law to negotiate rental rates? Could it be considered discrimination if a landlord charges different rates for the same size apartment?

A. Discrimination is basically treating one person better or worse than another. It is discrimination to charge different people different rent for the same apartment. Discrimination, however, is not per se illegal. In fact, it is not uncommon for a seller to charge different prices to different customers. I am sure that many people who buy the same type of car pay very different prices.

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I wrote recently about some of the budgeting lessons I learned from my precious Mama Cole while I lived in her home from the time of my birth until my biological mother remarried and moved me to the Atlanta area of Georgia. Mama Cole did not believe in owing anyone and was adamant that if we could not pay cash for it, we could not have it.

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The Nissan Sentra compact sedan has achieved some impressive numbers over its more than 30 years and seven generations of production. In the United States alone, over 4 million Sentras have been sold. Sentra is also Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle, behind Altima and Rogue. And since the introduction of the latest generation design in fall 2012, Sentra has experienced growth in sales and market share, making it one of Nissan’s fastest growing nameplates.

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Albert Nolen

The gold that glittered … Many special agents volunteering for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas Go for the Gold fundraiser this year — complete with Goldfinger theme — did an outstanding job selling almost all of the 450 tickets available. Last Thursday evening, March 10, agents, guests and maybe even some spies descended upon the museum for the reverse drawing toward $10,000 in gold coins.

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Beautiful blooms … The Magnolia Garden Club will host a flower and horticulture show with the theme “Birds & Blooms” at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas from April 5-6. The show is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Admission is free. The show will be held in conjunction with the AMSET exhibit Birds in Art, artwork featuring birds in various media taken from a national juried competition at the Woodson Art Museum.

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An old thought from my childhood crossed my mind last night, and I have given it considerable mulling over time since it did. I have now reached the age when I can think about something for as long as I want, often without interruption or change of course, since my children are grown and gone from home, and I am not working full time. I like this newfound ability very much.

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Without question, the ability to prescribe controlled substances electronically is a major step forward in healthcare quality and safety. Yet, only 5 percent of physicians in the United States currently can perform this function; all can do it legally but only 5 percent are taking advantage of the ability.

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The GX 460 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg cit

The GMC Terrain ushers in its 2016 model year with a new, more contemporary appearance, along with refreshed enhancements.

Terrain lineup

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I don’t really know if it is a woman thing or a man thing or perhaps a people thing, but we seem to spend so much of our time worrying about what happened in the past or what will happen in the future that we forget to enjoy today. I am guilty. I have found myself going through so many adjustments and changes since my husband died Aug. 16, 2014, that little has seemed normal or “right” in my world.

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In 2016-2017, SETMA will be reaccredited by the following organizations:

1. NCQA Diabetes Recognition (accredited from 2010-2016) reaccreditation due April 2016

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