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04/24/2016
Question: I am in my 50s and plan to retire within the next ten to fifteen years. What should I plan for with respect to health care costs? Answer: A lot of uncertainty. That doesn’t mean to throw up your hands and surrender. It just means that...
04/24/2016
Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if...
04/24/2016
Vernon Butler will make history for Louisiana Tech University’s football program this week. He is projected to be the first-ever defensive lineman for the Bulldogs to be selected in the first round of the annual NFL Draft. With all due respects to...
04/23/2016
I was on an outing last week with a group of folks from states all around the country. A new friend, Bill Cooper, has a fine outdoor media business going. I’m sure I couldn’t quite hide my quizzical look when I asked him where he is from. “Muh-zur-...
04/23/2016
A large crowd gathered for the opening night of Ruston Community Theatre’s “Monday Always Leads to Murder” at the Dixie Center for the Arts. As the curtains parted, the murders begin, as do the laughs. This production is a mix of comedic characters...
04/23/2016
Several years ago while returning from a fishing trip to Arkansas, I was pulled over by a police officer. Before you think ill of me, please let me explain. The officer informed me that one of my headlights wasn’t working. After I assured him...
04/22/2016
Well, it happened. History has been made and most people weren’t even aware it was in the works. On Wednesday, the United States Treasury Department announced that anti-slavery campaigner Harriet Tubman is set to appear on the front of the $20 bill...
04/22/2016
Have you ever spent an afternoon watching TV, then immediately felt guilty? Maybe you have had a beer or four on a Tuesday and wanted to repent. I have too, but I’m here to tell you these things are not inherent transgressions. In America, we are...
04/21/2016
Describing Louisiana’s love for lovable losers can be difficult. The New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. A team destined for failure at every turn finally sat on top of the world. For...
04/20/2016
When you need help after a natural disaster, you need it in a hurry. But when you’re waiting on the federal government to be the helper, you might as well kick back and relax as best you can. Just ask the city of Ruston, the Lincoln Parish Police...
04/18/2016
The picture on the front page of Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader said it all, better than words ever could. That photo showed a 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the Tech Drive/Cooktown Road overpass over Interstate 20, with a vehicle passing underneath on I-20...
04/18/2016
May 5 is a significant day. Cinco de Mayo will have restaurants and groups celebrating in colorful style. My husband was born on the unlikely date of 5-5-55, so May 5th is also his birthday. This year, May 5 will be even more important. It is...
04/16/2016
Pregnancy is an amazing thing. Motherhood is an amazing thing. But what many fail to realize is that not all women become mothers in the same way. Sure most women give birth — in one way or another — to their children. Some mothers adopt or are...
04/16/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells...
04/16/2016
Question: I think I have disability insurance through my work, but someone told me I should have an individual policy. What’s the difference? Is this something I need? Answer: When a client asks me about insurance of any kind, I usually start with...
04/16/2016
If you’re a golfer, you know the joys — and occasional frustrations — of the game. But you might not realize that some of the lessons you learn on the links can carry over to other areas of your life — such as retirement planning. So whether you’re...
04/15/2016
I remember when there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook. There were no status updates, or 140 character limits to our thoughts. That may sound weird to some of the younger readers, but it sounds kind of peaceful, huh? The teenagers of today...
04/15/2016
We all know about the rise in tuition and the cuts to higher education. Universities are in a financial bind, and students are not the only ones feeling the brunt of it. Adjunct hiring is skyrocketing, with part-time appointments up by 300 percent...
04/14/2016
Every now and again, I used to shop the world famous French Market in New Orleans. The French Quarter marketplace hosts a series of vendors spanning six blocks along the Mississippi River. From end to end, shoppers will see a bevy of farmers’...
04/13/2016
Good things come in small packages, so the old adage says. Consider the kid-sized go-carts and mini-bikes made by Monster Moto, and soon to be assembled in Ruston. A year ago this Friday, the Texas-born company announced it was moving its...