In response to the June
Debate,“Is the Ameri-
can dream of home
ownership still alive?”
NO. I know people who are still just walking
away. A co-worker [would] like to hang on to
his home, but there’s no assistance for him.
He’s cut back all he can. He’s making plans to
just walk away from his home.
YES. We own a home that has gained
$100,000 of equity in less than two years!
Accentuate, don’t stress
Thank you for interviewing me about the
harmful effects of stress for your June
Connection [“Stress can kill”]. If your readers
would like more information and tips on
reducing stress, I’d like to suggest my website,
Dr. Jay Winner
Santa Barbara, California
Kirkland Signature Pesto
Kirkland Signature™ Basil Pesto is one of
my favorite products, and I’m glad to read that
you’ve made it even better [“Pesto, change-o,”
June 2015]. Here’s a use that you didn’t mention: Spread a layer of pesto on top of fresh fish
in a baking dish, arrange some thinly sliced
tomatoes on top, and bake at 350 F for about 30
minutes. It’s easy and delicious for every day,
and makes a beautiful dish for company as well.
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