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Columns

06/24/2013
I get to meet quite a few public figures in my profession, but meeting a living legend had never happened — until last Wednesday. I received a call the day before the Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon scheduled for June 19 that none other than...
06/22/2013
You can get lucky by finding a parking meter with time left on it. You can “luck out” by having nice weather on your vacation. You can even be lucky at love. But when it comes to financial matters, you’re better off not counting on Lady Luck — and...
06/22/2013
Question: Do you think it is possible that the stock market could just go flat for a long time? If so, what alternatives do we have? Answer: It seems like predicting the direction of the stock market ought to be easy. After all, the stock market is...
06/22/2013
Often investors find that a significant portion of their assets may have accumulated in one particular stock. Perhaps you have a long career working for the same company, or you may have acquired stock through inheritance. If this is the case, it is...
06/22/2013
Any year now, I’m waiting for preseason football magazines to start reaching newsstands in February. Quit laughing. As it is now, they’re being run off of the presses with spring workouts barely having finished. No joke, the other day I was perusing...
06/22/2013
I’m both happy and sad today. Happy because so many interesting things are happening in my life and sad because I’ve lost my purse with my “life’ in it. I’ve always been absent minded, but it gets worse as I get older. And, if I don’t find my purse...
06/22/2013
When I was a young boy, attending church was a weekly practice in our household. My parents instilled within me the pattern of church attendance. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that some of my earliest memories as a child involve church...
06/21/2013
Each year Ruston is swarmed with people from different places and various backgrounds coming to enjoy the festivities that the Louisiana Peach Festival has to offer. If you have been following the festival details, I’m sure you know all about the...
06/21/2013
When asked why she allowed her then-10-year-old daughter to craft a Mohawk out of her hair, singer Jada Pinkett-Smith flatly replied that “girls are constantly reminded ... that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination...
06/20/2013
It’s a big couple of weeks for downtown Ruston, starting Friday with the start of the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival. The Peach Fest will officially begin at 8 a.m. Friday with citywide sidewalk sales, a North Central Louisiana Arts Council Fine Arts...
06/19/2013
Here’s a word to the wise: If you’re indigent or uninsured in Louisiana, don’t get sick. And don’t get shot, badly burned or need any of the other special, often top-notch services that Louisiana’s public hospitals have traditionally provided. The...
06/18/2013
Sometimes, you find out why old adages have managed to stand the test of time. The past couple of weeks have made me completely understand why people still say, “When it rains, it pours.” I spent the week before last camped out in the Intensive Care...
06/18/2013
“The Great Outdoors,” I consider this phrase a very common one, but trends of today would lead us to believe that today’s youth may not be quite so familiar with it. Youth today are more familiar with phrases like, “Just Google it,” “Facebook me,” “...
06/17/2013
The annual Peach Festival has arrived. Well, the final preparations are being wrapped up and the kick-off festivities are only a few days away, but for the most part, the Peach Festival is here and making its annual appearance within the Lincoln...
06/15/2013
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didn’t result in the need for a follow-up Special Session. After confrontation, consternation, confusion, and odd-couple coalitions festered for...
06/15/2013
Happy Father’s Day. I could write endless pages. But when writing I might remember Our Father, as He said through his scribe so long ago: “Train up a child in the way which he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6...
06/15/2013
With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents...
06/15/2013
At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going on a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — and that’s...
06/15/2013
Question: When I retire from the state, I will be able to retire with a pension that covers all my needs — me and my wife don’t spend much money. Since I don’t plan to spend any of the money in my retirement accounts, how should I invest it? I plan...
06/15/2013
Some observations, notes and quotes on the sports beat with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: • June has opened with a bang for the Davison family of Ruston. Well, make that with a hole-in-one and a tournament championship.