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Columns

01/31/2016
Good for Peyton Manning. Rumors of his Hall of Fame career being in the twilight mode have been greatly exaggerated. The neck problems … being a step slower or out of sync with his receivers. Or for purely TMZ.com and tabloid purposes, all of that...
01/31/2016
Jan. 23 brought news of a big blizzard hammering the northeast. Forecasts even called for a bit of snow, cold and windy conditions for north Louisiana meaning most rational thinking folks in our area were likely to put another log on the fire and...
01/31/2016
Thursday night once the little ones were in bed I sat down to watch the GOP presidential debate being aired on Fox News —you know the one where Donald Trump decided not to attend for various reasons. I will admit that I haven’t watched previous...
01/31/2016
Let me tell you something that’s frustrating — having a key that will open the door to your vehicle but won’t start the engine.
01/31/2016
Question: Sometimes when my husband reads your column, he gets all uptight about our financial situation. Can you tell him to lighten up? Answer: Lighten up, Bubba. Injecting stress into a family discussion about finances inevitably works like a...
01/31/2016
“Be prepared” is the Scout motto, and it’s also pretty good advice for anyone seeking to guard against various disasters — including financial ones. Here are some events that can have serious financial consequences, along with suggestions on...
01/31/2016
Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider — beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is...
01/29/2016
Recently, I had the opportunity to cover the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 96th Annual Awards Banquet at the Ruston Civic Center. Each table was beautifully decorated, some more extensive than others and everyone was smiling as they spoke to...
01/28/2016
Lincoln Parish schools never stop wanting to better its students. Program after program, the community has joined together to ensure a bright future for our children. Just to name a few programs, Cypress Springs Elementary hosted more than 500 third...
01/27/2016
My grandmother never threw anything away. She wasn’t a hoarder; she kept a neat house, although it was laden with whatnots and dust catchers. But she never saw a rubber band, a plastic butter tub or a piece of tin foil she didn’t like. Baggies also...
01/25/2016
I was particularly pleased to see that Coach Wilbert Ellis was the recipient of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s annual Robert E. Russ Award given Friday night during the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 96th Annual Awards Banquet at the...
01/25/2016
Ten years. Hard to believe, but that’s how long it’s been since Paul Millsap departed Louisiana Tech University with still one season of eligibility remaining and an arm full of NCAA rebounding championships. At the time —2006 — I thought he wasn’t...
01/25/2016
Since I began serving as the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Community Advocate in August 2012, I have written over 125 columns for the Ruston Daily Leader. As a New Year project, I organized the unwieldy folder in which all of DART’s publicity...
01/23/2016
This week marked a 13-year low for the oil industry, and while the oil and gas companies seem to be booming in Lincoln Parish, that isn’t the case for the majority of our state or our country. Most of my family works in some sector of the oil...
01/23/2016
Question: What are the financial risks I need to be concerned about when I retire? Answer: Most of the same ones you have now, plus a few more. If you are about to voluntarily retire, you probably have more money than you’ve ever had in your life....
01/23/2016
Friday is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists — is something of a mystery. But as an...
01/23/2016
With taxes and dividend income, seasoned investors have learned the special qualified dividend treatment can increase their after-tax return. They tend to find some dividend-paying stocks and mutual funds attractive because their total return...
01/23/2016
I’ll ask for a show of hands: How many of you have experienced some level of stress in your life in the past year? For most of us, life can seem like an endless series of stressful situations. People will often use phrases such as “the stress is...
01/22/2016
Right before the beginning of the new millennium, Catherine Ryan Hyde, an American novelist from New York, sat down to write a book that would touch the lives of nearly everyone who read it — “Pay It Forward.” It is the story of a 12-year-old boy...
01/21/2016
My mother and father loved to take my brother and me on vacations. In my lifetime, I would say my parents took me to more than 50 destinations. But when scheduling a trip, my parents made sure of two things: a) we experienced something new and b) we...