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06/04/2016
You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies — you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and...
06/04/2016
Question: Money is a pretty touchy topic between my wife and me. It just seems we argue more than anything. Can you address some ways we can overcome that? Answer: Last week we identified four possible outcomes to marital conflicts over money — or...
06/04/2016
Ever since the first seemingly savvy saver stashed cash underneath a mattress, investors have turned toward safe harbors to help protect their hard-earned dollars. But despite a generally held belief, fixed-income investments and other finance...
06/04/2016
Forget any Madison Avenue suits being required to assemble a portfolio for Lincoln Parish sports titled “A Year to Remember.” What has transpired on the diamonds, gridirons, tracks and links in our area since the 2015-16 season began writes its own...
06/04/2016
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy...” That is the beginning line of a book I used to read to my children when they were little. It was a book titled Summertime, by George Gershwin, written after a song by the same title in which the original...
06/03/2016
While I’ve only been at the Ruston Daily Leader for eight months as of Sunday, I have done hundreds of interviews. In those interviews, I have discovered something special about Lincoln Parish: There is a lot of talent rooted in our community. From...
06/02/2016
I grow another year older Friday. Chapter 23 ends with Chapter 24 beginning. I like to call my ages “chapters” because age is a number and I’m not good with numbers. When Chapter 12 rolled into 13 I knew how badly I wanted to become the next Mel...
06/01/2016
My grandfather grew up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, literally in the shadow of Mount Magazine, the highest peak in Arkansas. It’s a place were the soil is thin and rocks easily protrude from the rippled ground, the perfect place for a...
05/31/2016
A third season under a head coach with a familiar name to Grambling State University football fans figures to be fun and successful this fall. For the past two years, the Tigers have won 16 games, highlighted by nine W’s and a berth in the...
05/31/2016
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 300 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents, and volunteers as they learned “Be Good Gators — Take Care of Our Environment” at the 2016 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day recently held at the North...
05/28/2016
There was a stark contrast between my Dad’s war and mine. They had Rosie the Riveter, Glenn Miller, Bob Hope and Betty Grable. We had Jane Fonda, Muhammad Ali, Abbie Hoffman and Country Joe and the Fish. They had Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and ticker...
05/28/2016
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton Did you know 28 burials occur each weekday at Arlington National Cemetery? Or did you know that more than 300,000 of the...
05/28/2016
Question: Money is a pretty touchy topic between my wife and me. It just seems we argue more than anything. Can you address some ways we can overcome that? Answer: I’m no marriage counselor, but I’ve seen my fair share of family feuds over finances...
05/28/2016
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to – provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
05/28/2016
Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How...
05/27/2016
164 days. That is all the time we have left to make up our minds on which policies we would like to see implemented in our nation for the next four years. While the conventions have yet to be held, Donald Trump is running unopposed at this point for...
05/26/2016
I never deep-sea fished and couldn’t tell you how to paddle a boat. My only experience as a sailor was playing Battleship as a child. But be it as it may, my best friend and I dedicated a solid portion of our junior year of high school to...
05/25/2016
Back in 2014, the North Louisiana comedy duo Hannah Hughes and Kaylee Patrick showed Bayou State residents how to protect themselves from mosquitoes simply by wearing a knee-high stocking doused with bug repellent over their heads. Despite the...
05/23/2016
Sounds of heavy metal thunder rolled through Ruston Sunday afternoon, lifted by patriotism you see, hear and even feel. Flag-waving residents lined Interstate 20 overpasses to show their support for hundreds of motorcyclists riding by as the annual...
05/23/2016
Eric Clapton sang: If I could reach the stars/ I’d pull one down for you Shine it on my heart/so you could see the truth That this love I have inside/ is everything it seems But for now I find, it’s only in my dreams That I can change the world I...