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04/11/2016
Writing this column is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It has nothing to do with the subject matter. Instead, it’s because I’m having trouble seeing the computer screen — my eyes are dry, itching like crazy and feeling like they might...
04/11/2016
Sometimes, it’s been what Karl Malone has done off of the court that has far transcended what he achieved on the court. And that’s saying volumes, considering that “The Mailman” is the second leading career scorer in NBA history, among the league’s...
04/09/2016
Years ago I think everyone just had siblings, cousins or family members who were a little different. In my family his name is Evan. I remember the first time I realized he wasn’t quite like his cousin who is only two days younger than him. I walked...
04/09/2016
I have a big day coming up this week. It’s a real milestone for me and a true testament to the incredible, even miraculous, possibilities in life. And there was a time when many thought I’d never see this day. But here we are and April 13 is right...
04/09/2016
Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of the list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors when selecting investments.
04/09/2016
Question: My parents have asked me to oversee the estate planning process for our family. I have four siblings. Most of us have children of our own, but not all. We have always gotten along as a family, but I am afraid disagreements could arise,...
04/09/2016
Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt. Since you’ve joined the workforce, you might be paying back your loans as best you can. But can you gradually reduce your...
04/08/2016
Growing up, my parents took my brother and me to every historic site and museum they could manage on our annual vacations. I’ve seen the fields at Gettysburg, walked the same paths as our founding fathers at Williamsburg and — a little closer to...
04/08/2016
Women in college are among the most likely to become victims of domestic violence. We have all been given the statistics and heard the stories from survivors, but it can be hard to imagine that you would ever be the on the other end of the story or...
04/07/2016
As I watch the race for our next president; I don’t see a Lincoln or a Jefferson emerging from the pack, and quite frankly, I’m disappointed that I don’t have more quality from which to choose. It’s not like we’ve been choosey in the past. We’ve...
04/07/2016
It’s not a secret anymore. Louisiana faces a budget crisis of historic proportions arriving at the same time that oil prices are falling dramatically. Imminent healthcare and higher education cuts have state lawmakers and citizens on their heels....
04/06/2016
Jott Delcambre didn’t have to ask Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission to consider conceptual approval of the apartment complex he wants to build on South Barnette Springs Street. He could have forged ahead, bought the property and contracted for...
04/04/2016
It never ceases to amaze me about how much Louisiana Tech University has placed itself on the cutting edge of science research. On Wednesday, Tech’s College of Engineering and Science will host Jodi Cooley, international dark matter expert and...
04/02/2016
Feel the Bern. The saying has become synonymous with being a Bernie Sanders supporter. But I think there are different connotations behind the phrase. More than one video has recently gone viral showing a young man demonstrating support for both...
04/02/2016
It is raining the day I write these words. I wish to express some heartfelt thanks. Normally, a comment about rain would be most insignificant. It does remind us of the most unusual period of whether that many of us have experienced in a long time...
04/02/2016
Question: I am in my late 50s and I know I can’t retire by 65. But even if I work to age 70, is that really going to make that much difference? Answer: More than you might think. Not long ago someone asked me to help them evaluate their retirement...
04/02/2016
As a result of the loss of corporate pensions and concerns about the long-term viability of Social Security, most Americans anticipate having to be personally responsible for funding their retirement to a degree that would have been unimaginable...
04/02/2016
To be successful at investing, some people think they need to “get in on the ground floor” of the next “big thing.” However, instead of waiting for that one “hot” stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation — a mix of...
04/02/2016
Save for athletics, Louisiana Tech University’s three candidates for the annual NFL Draft would’ve likely never crossed paths. Running back Kenneth Dixon grew up in Strong, Arkansas. Defensive lineman Vernon Butler is from Summitt, Arkansas....
04/02/2016
Last Saturday morning was nearly blue pure perfect for opening day of turkey season in Louisiana. Clear skies and a chill in the air greeted me as I parked my truck, gathered my gear and began making my way to the spot I had already picked out. It...