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01/18/2014
As recently as 2006, when I transferred to Louisiana Tech University, the tour for potential journalism students included a stop in Wiley Hilburn’s office to view his own personal “Hall of Fame.” Upon that wall hung the photos of past Tech Talk...
01/18/2014
The benefits of Roth IRAs are undeniable: no required minimum distributions (RMDs) for an owner and, perhaps best of all, no income tax on qualified distributions. For those investors who meet the income requirements to fund a Roth, choosing one is...
01/17/2014
I have all sorts of news for you in today’s Art Talk. First up is an Arts Academy class to be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. This will be taught by Rachel Johnston, and will be for students ages 7-12. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and...
01/17/2014
In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. we set aside time each year to remember what he did for our country in terms of civil rights. Each of our local universities does a wonderful job of remembering MLK. Louisiana Tech University will hold a...
01/17/2014
Though I am an obnoxiously loud and opinionated person, there are few things that really bother me in life. However, along with people who say homosexuality is a choice and girls who think tights are pants (they are not; Blair Waldorf said so in...
01/17/2014
Whatever happened to the Party of freedom?
01/16/2014
No matter the prominence we have in the community, we all have an opportunity to be a role model or a mentor to someone. Something I have learned throughout the course of my life — first when working in a day care as a senior in high school and now...
01/15/2014
Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to host the Eighth Annual Furry Fun Walk. The free event is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 a.m. March 8. The community and their four-legged friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the...
01/15/2014
The summer of 2002 was everything you’d figure a Ruston summer to be: hot and hotter. But the temperature wasn’t the only boiling point. After months of background work, a newly incorporated political action group called LINCPAC was about to launch...
01/14/2014
How do you protect yourself from germs? This is peak season for colds and flu. This week I’ve had the privilege to show students at Cypress Springs how to reduce their risk of bacteria and viruses. Students learned how germs spread by applying...
01/14/2014
Four years ago Sunday, marks the date of the Haitian earthquake where more than 200,000 people perished. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and left a wake of collapsing buildings and rubble in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Even after four...
01/13/2014
A few years ago talk of a potential bird flu outbreak had people fearful of the possibility of a serious outbreak throughout the country. But while bird flu has not yet really ever taken hold in the U.S., we, including north Louisiana, are in the...
01/12/2014
Louisiana Tech University’s recent upset win over Oklahoma in Norman sent some shock waves over the nation’s college basketball landscape. The unranked Bulldogs stunned the Top Ten ranked Sooners in overtime. That victory could also bode well for...
01/11/2014
“I need your help. Won’t you help me?” Some remember that famous campaign slogan of former Gov. John J. McKeithen when he ran for office. He pronounced the second “help” as “hep.” One of my resolutions in my small world of journalism is to seek...
01/11/2014
Several years ago, Monroe chef and entrepreneur Cory Bahr opened up 102 a Bistro. It saw some success, but ultimately left the city. Bahr, who once won an episode of “Chopped,” is a well-known man, with a restaurant in the heart of downtown Monroe....
01/11/2014
When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial...
01/11/2014
When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other...
01/11/2014
Question: My boss has offered me the opportunity to buy into our business, but it will cost me some upfront money. I know you say never to go into debt, but how else will I get the money to buy into this business? Answer: Ouch! I feel like the guy...
01/11/2014
I’ve spent this week with Susan and Jonathan and enjoyed every minute of it. Great-grandbaby Sydney still had unopened Christmas presents, so although New Year’s has come and is moving on, we had another Christmas tree celebration. It reminded me of...
01/11/2014
If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty...