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03/30/2013
Question: I owe about $20,000 on two debts. The only other debt is my house note. I just got about twice that much in a settlement. Should I save all of it or pay off the two debts I have? The interest on both accounts is only 5.9 percent. My...
03/30/2013
For years, taxpayers who made mistakes with their IRAs usually corrected the errors and notified the IRS — and escaped unscathed. The agency was not as strict with enforcing penalties, and taxpayers often didn’t even hear from regulators.
03/30/2013
Some leftover observations from the now completed season for Lincoln Parish’s college hoops’ teams: • How about one more round of applause for Head Coach Michael White and the Bulldogs of Louisiana Teach University? They deserve it, that’s for sure.
03/30/2013
Good news. Spring is here and today is Easter. Plenty to celebrate, right? But I have another cause for celebration. I just heard that CBS took a poll and found that 86 percent of Americans bothered to express strong feelings about leaving “In God...
03/29/2013
While watching my 16-month old grandson walk around, aimlessly, in our yard, I was reminded of a passage from the fantasy novel, “The Name of the Wind.” “When we are children, we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy...
03/29/2013
At 19-years-old, I’m a sophomore double major participating in different organizations on campus, working a part-time job and managing my responsibilities. In the midst of the craziness that is the life of a college student, I could not imagine...
03/28/2013
Yes, Mother Nature has been as fussy as usual and has even gotten Punxsutawney Phil in trouble. You see, Spring officially arrived a couple of weeks ago. And while it’s warmer today, recently the temperature has been lower than average for this time...
03/28/2013
Safety has been the primary concern of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since September 11, 2001. The last time I flew to Kentucky to visit my dear friend, Micky, I received calls and texts for weeks afterwards over the embarrassment of...
03/27/2013
Well now, this is a fine mess. First it was budget cuts to higher education, then hospitals, mental health services and hospice. Now it’s the elimination of a program that provides immunizations for Louisiana’s indigent children.
03/26/2013
March 20 was officially the first day of spring and it is evident by the activity around the garden centers that most gardeners are ready for the season. Plants, outdoor fixtures and materials to maintain the landscapes and gardens are finding...
03/26/2013
It’s that time of the year again. Warm weather, longer daylight hours and that instinctual urge many of us have to start working in the soil and growing our own vegetables. There are several reasons that people decide to grow their own vegetables....
03/26/2013
I guess it’s that time of year again, when occasional warm days make us start thinking and dreaming of summer. Also, they make the discussions on health (both allergies and weight loss) the main topics of conversation. Inevitably, when you start...
03/25/2013
When the new proposed state budget was unveiled recently, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team was stunned to learn that domestic violence programs will suffer yet another massive cut. This time, we will lose $1.4 million. This translates to another 30...
03/25/2013
A new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, just released parish rankings on health. Not surprising — because Lincoln Parish always does so well — is that our fair parish held tight at...
03/23/2013
As Congress and the White House continue to do battle over the budget, taxes and the time of day, farmers, like most Americans these days, find themselves on the outside looking in. But the one thing that has been consistent is the money the nation...
03/23/2013
Last week we discussed some points of history. The topic was simply this. What was the single greatest moment or event in the history of mankind? We shared some major occurrences that would obviously make some lists. There are major inventions and...
03/23/2013
A gradual transfer of wealth is occurring among Americans: Baby boomers are starting to receive an estimated $8.4 trillion in inheritances from older generations, according to a paper published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College...
03/23/2013
Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical...
03/23/2013
Question: How does a person decide how much is enough to retire on? I am not interested in leaving anything to my children, but I do want to have enough to last as long as I do. Answer: Goldilocks doesn’t exist in retirement planning.
03/23/2013
‘One Day’ Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried My sins far away; Rising He justified freely forever: One day He's coming — O glorious day! — By J. Wilbur Chapman