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Columns

02/15/2014
Often investors find that a significant portion of their assets may have accumulated in one particular stock. Perhaps you have a long career working for the same company, or you may have acquired stock through inheritance. If this is the case, it is...
02/15/2014
Valentine’s Day is almost here. This year, instead of sticking with flowers or chocolates for your valentine, why not give a gift with a future? Specifically, consider making a meaningful financial gift. However, a “meaningful” gift doesn’t gain its...
02/14/2014
Sonny Dykes is dealing with another heartbreaking moment in his head football coaching career. In his next to last season as the top coach at Louisiana Tech University, he and the Bulldogs’ family mourned the loss of running back Tyrone Duplessis....
02/14/2014
The past week has seemingly been one for the record books for North Louisiana with it’s below freezing temperatures and large amounts of ice. Sitting at work Tuesday afternoon, the uproar of shock and awe began on the winter weather front since the...
02/13/2014
When deciding what to write for my column this week there were three facts that came to mind: 1. Ice storms are a major inconvenience 2. Valentine’s Day is great if you’re not single and 3. When you’re young you get sad, as singer/songwriter Ryan...
02/12/2014
Maybe the fact that the temperature outside went from 17 degrees to 70 degrees in two days’ time had something to do with the flurry of local and regional political activity over the last few weeks. Ruston Alderman Jim Pearce bowed out of this fall’...
02/11/2014
During this time of year I always receive calls on using turf weed and feed products. One must remember that weeding and feeding are two different operations. Normally these operations are accomplished separately, but sometimes they can be done in...
02/11/2014
Each year Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you think of all the people you know who engage in hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking and canoeing, the numbers become...
02/11/2014
As the winter Olympics are in progress, watching these athletes perform reminds me of the endless devotion they possess in order to make the road to Sochi a possibility. The amount of effort that has been set aside perfecting their skills and the...
02/10/2014
As the most romantic day of the year approaches, everyone’s mind turns to love. Symbols of it are everywhere right now: roses, chocolates, jewelry, cards. But here at DART, and on our two college campuses, we are redefining love. At our dating...
02/10/2014
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part column on suicide. The first column was in the Feb. 3 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader. There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. This article provide suggestions for...
02/10/2014
Be careful what you wish for. Lincoln Parish may get a big taste of that old adage over the next 48 hours. While Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have waltzed more than seemingly ever before in central and south Louisiana in recent weeks, they’ve...
02/09/2014
Rest in peace, “Mr. Bill,” and thanks for being so special to your family and many friends. Bill Bradshaw, 86, passed away recently following a lengthy illness. I got to know him more than 40 years ago when I began writing about one of his three...
02/08/2014
Because I’m on a super healthy eating kick, some people might think this column is just because I’m just grumpy about the chocolates I won’t be eating on the sweetest holiday of the year on Friday. But, the reality is, excessive sugar intake has...
02/08/2014
He who hesitates is lost. He who forgets is in trouble. “He” is narrow. Certainly no woman could possibly forget that this upcoming Friday is Valentine’s Day. This is a reminder to the guys: don’t forget. Some guys might have possibly forgotten in...
02/08/2014
Even though it’s only February, college financial aid officers are already gathering documents, crunching numbers and otherwise working to determine grants for the school year that starts this coming fall. If you have children you plan on sending...
02/08/2014
Question: Back during the financial crisis, I had most of my money in my 401K plan in one of those target date retirement funds. I thought it would be more conservative than what it was. That thing went down as much as my other more aggressive...
02/08/2014
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...
02/08/2014
When I think back on places and people that occupy a special niche in my memory, one guy and the area he calls home pops up on my mental screen … southwest Louisiana and Sammie Faulk. I can close my eyes and see a gentle fellow, deeply tanned, thin...
02/08/2014
The only place comfortable for strolling today is down memory lane. I try hard not to keep talking about the weather, but I cannot believe it is as cold in Ruston as it is out here. It actually got up to 40 today, but is back in the 20s tonight and...