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Columns

01/22/2018
“I know where you live. I am coming to get you tonight.” Those words came through the phone. The voice was unrecognizable. I was surprised, then fearful. But then I wrote it off as a random call. Who would want to harm me? Then I got another call....
01/22/2018
When it rains, it pours. Or as we found out recently, when it snows, drifts can pile up. A couple of weeks ago I was without both a computer and my eye glasses. That meant I could communicate by email and call up websites only on my ancient Iphone 4...
01/22/2018
Imagine this: a member of the Football Championship Series — unofficially “small college” — having five representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But early next month, it could become a reality. Former Grambling State University defensive...
01/20/2018
“This is not a drill.” Those famous words were sent during the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Unfortunately, these words were recently erroneously repeated at Pearl Harbor, and to 1.5 million people. I had not planned to...
01/20/2018
Compromise. It seems to a be a lost art for both Louisiana and national politicians in this day and age, as evidenced by news coming out concerning deadlines coming and going with no compromises made on either level on Friday.
01/20/2018
Question: My CPA tells me that next year I’m going to have to start taking money out of my IRA. I don’t need any of this money now and was hoping to be able to just save it. But now I have to take it out. What should I do with it? Answer: Welcome to...
01/20/2018
Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp —...
01/20/2018
Like everyone, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you retire. But a successful retirement doesn’t just happen — it requires a lot of planning. And that’s why it’s a good idea to draw up a “pre-retiree checklist.” Such a checklist might...
01/19/2018
With roots stretching back to 1919, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has served the needs of the business community, and in turn the community at large, in a variety of capacities. One of those capacities is hosting the annual Chamber Awards...
01/18/2018
As my Baby Boomer coworker alluded to in her column Wednesday, hearing stories of youngsters growing up in Ruston during the late 50s into the 60s does hit the funny bone deeply. Tales of window shopping, visiting the old Ruston Airport to watch the...
01/17/2018
My Millennial coworkers love to hear stories about how we passed the time on Friday nights in downtown Ruston when I was kid. They giggle — sometimes uncontrollably — when I tell them about watching the big goldfish swim around in the fountain in...
01/16/2018
I have paraphrased an interesting article I read on Facebook about onions and bacteria. Thank you KaCee Carroll for sharing it. It is fascinating to read about alternatives to today’s version of healthcare. In 1919 when the flu killed more than...
01/16/2018
Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up. The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the...
01/16/2018
Four sentences into her Wall Street Journal article on recent research into spanking (“Spanking for Misbehavior? It Causes More!” Dec. 17, 2017), the author, Susan Pinker, makes two grievous errors: first, she says that children under 7 cannot...
01/15/2018
I’m not sure when all this gap business started — under what White House administration — that is. I was in the cradle with Eisenhower was in office and age 4 when John F. Kennedy was sworn in as youngest, most stylish, most articulate and handsome...
01/13/2018
Like many people, a rare snowfall in Lincoln Parish is something in which I take delight. A rare ice storm is a completely different story. It appears Old Man Winter might be preparing to write a new chapter in the Piney Hills Weather Record Book....
01/13/2018
If you’re about to walk down the aisle a second time and thinking about the finances of remarrying, you may want to consider the following steps to get your new life off on the right financial footing:
01/13/2018
Question: My wife and I are both in our early 50s. I know we have not done nearly enough for retirement, but there isn’t really much we can do right now. We would have to completely change our lifestyle. What do people like us do? Answer: Nothing....
01/13/2018
If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn’t need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn’t that simple and so, at some point, you may realize you need...
01/12/2018
When it comes to health care in Louisiana, there is considerable room for improvement. Listed at 49 out of 51, including Washington, D.C., in adequacy to provide manageable, affordable healthcare to our citizens, Louisiana seems to be stuck in a rut...