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09/07/2013
Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been...
09/07/2013
Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and...
09/07/2013
Question: I am way behind in starting to save for retirement. I am not really comfortable with the stock market, but I know I need to invest some of my money if I ever want to retire. Should I go for the high risk stuff and just ignore the ups and...
09/07/2013
Many in our community have experienced great loss over the past several months. In my ministry setting and in the lives of friends and family, I have witnessed numerous people suffer from the incredible storms that life can sometimes bring. I am...
09/07/2013
Have you ever been “high as a kite” and disgruntled at the same time? Probably that comes with age 92, which there are not too many of us left. Anyway — good news first: Great grandbaby Sydney finally got well, plus walked alone and it was to her...
09/06/2013
Aug. 31 was the first game of the season for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and like any good alumna with children, we woke up in game-day spirits. Asher donned the newest of his Tech apparel and ran around the house yelling “Go Dawgs!”,...
09/06/2013
On Aug. 29 merely eight years ago, winds moved buildings and roofs, water overflowed stores and tremendous damages to a city full of life made it seem so dull. Killing more than 1,800 people, Hurricane Katrina put a dent in the wonderful city of New...
09/05/2013
I was not your average child. Even before I was old enough to read, I would crawl into my mother’s lap and ask her to read aloud ­— not from Dr. Seuss or Goldenbooks ­­— but from the murder mystery novels of Agatha Christie. The stories would...
09/04/2013
It was bound to happen. After all, when you spend your monetary reserves — your savings — down past your comfort zone, sooner or later, something’s got to give. And, if you’re the city of Ruston, what gives is the wiggle room you used to have in...
09/03/2013
The “farm to table” experience is not new, but it’s getting lots of attention nation wide as people are becoming more concerned about how food is grown and processed. As a child growing up on a small farm in Winn Parish, my parents practiced “farm...
09/03/2013
It’s funny how your mind remembers things. In reality, the size of my high school was a lot closer to the size of Ruston High. However, on the few occasions where I visit Simsboro or Choudrant High School, they feel more like my alma mater. At...
09/01/2013
A new voice in Washington is about to be heard with an upcoming congressional campaign. There is a great deal for a new leader and representative to absorb in a short time as that voice is our only one on that side of the capitol. Before that,...
09/01/2013
Much has been made this past of the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Caught right up in the midst of the civil rights movement at that time was Grambling State University’s...
08/31/2013
Question: Are we really moving forward in this country? We’re supposed to be so rich as a nation, but everyone I know is in debt! Sometimes I wish for the days when times were simpler. Is our economic progress real or just an illusion? Answer: Allow...
08/31/2013
Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors...
08/31/2013
National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 8. And although this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it does remind us of the importance of grandparents. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you may be thinking of ways to...
08/31/2013
There is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin that says, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For all the phobias and fears that humans demonstrate, the fear of death is certainly common to most, if not all,...
08/31/2013
I have been across town in Lake Highlands with the grandchildren last week and this one. Son Wesley is still in Maryland, grandson-in-law Jonathan is coming home from Korea today, his mother Lynda is going back to Fairfax, Va., tomorrow,...
08/28/2013
Voters in the Ruston school district can save a huge chunk of change over time if they spend an even bigger chunk of change now. That’s the best educated guesstimate of bond attorneys upon whom the Lincoln Parish School Board relied when it decided...
08/27/2013
School is back in session. If you haven’t gotten back into a routine, which has never been one of my strong virtues, I want to share tips for controlling that morning madness: • Mornings go smoother if you get up at least a half-hour earlier than...