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Wrap up a winning halftime meal

Should be a good Super Bowl this Sunday. And the most talked-about play of the game could be the sandwich platter you serve at halftime. These delicious, make-ahead wraps are easy to assemble and require no utensils at mealtime. Tortillas team up with bold flavors and fresh ingredients for a colorful presentation. Make several varieties, add chips and beer, and get ready to score some compliments.

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How progressive is our system?

On Jan. 15, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are. A “progressive” tax system is one that asks wealthier taxpayers to pay more of their income than poorer taxpayers. Most states rely upon some form of net income tax and some form of sales tax. Sales taxes tend to have flat rates and, therefore, are regressive. Income taxes tend to have brackets, with taxpayers with higher incomes are exposed to higher tax rates and are progressive.

Many islanders live healthy by eating well with low stress

A trip to so called Third World countries of the tropics can be very enlightening in some unexpected ways. We are on our way to French Polynesia and plan to travel by local transportation to a few of the less developed islands like Huahine, Tahaa and Raiatea. We plan to learn more about what tropical fruits besides banana, breadfuit and coconut are used and how this is related to the health of the islanders.