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About My Alcoholism and Bankruptcy

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The public interest in my financial affairs and the inaccurate descriptions of my situation have led me to write this column: Today I have filed for Chapter 7, personal bankruptcy.

I delayed taking this step for a number of years because of my moral and legal obligation to people who advanced me funds or performed services in good faith. But the constant and aggressive collection efforts and press initiatives undertaken by creditors have harassed my family and prevented me from working to be able to pay these debts. Prospective clients have been pushed away after receiving notice of my debts. It doesn't seem logical to prevent a person who owes you money from working in their chosen field by attempting to ruin his reputation, but that is what has happened. I have lived...

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