McChrystal keeps four-star rank
Since Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal resigned from his position, is he eligible for health benefits and will he get his retirement pay?
McChrystal will keep his four-star rank, which means he will get about $149,700 per year before taxes in military retirement pay, according to the Washington Post. The paper cited Pentagon figures saying that McChrystal would have earned about $140,832 annually as a three-star retiree.
He also will have access to doctors and other services on military bases worldwide. The paper said, "All retiring officers meet with Defense Department officials to review their retirement packages, which normally include access to the military's Tricare health care system, a group life insurance plan and survivor benefits."
Consult lawyer about contract
Does a valid Florida contract have to have a price on the contract? Dish TV requires a two-year contract but has a price for one year. Is this a valid contract?
We got an answer to this one from Ivan Penn, who writes the regular Consumers Edge column for the St. Petersburg Times:
First, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services suggests seeking legal advice for a contract that you don't understand before you enter an agreement.
Every contract is different, so it is difficult to answer a specific legal question about a specific contract other than through a lawyer.
If there is an existing contract that is in place, a lawyer still would be a helpful way to better understand the contract.
Terry McElroy, a spokesman for agriculture and consumer services, says consumers who feel they have been wrongfully treated can seek mediation through his agency at www.800helpfla.com.
Sunderland boat still drifting
What happened to Abby Sunderland's sailboat? Is it still just floating out there in the Indian Ocean, or did they tow it somewhere?
Wild Eyes, Sunderland's 40-foot sailboat, is drifting eastward at about 24 nautical miles per day toward the Australian coast, according to her official website, www.abbysunderland.com. A spokesman valued the boat and equipment at $120,000, the Associated Press reported.
Illegal immigrants' tuition break
I read a recent article that said there are 11 states that allow illegal immigrants to attend state universities at the in-state tuition rate. What states are they?
The states are Texas, California, Utah, New York, Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wisconsin, according to the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center.