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Columns

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...
01/11/2018
Without any opposition, the Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously chose to increase schools Superintendent Mike Milstead’s salary from $137,197 to $147,197 during a regularly schedule board meeting in May 2017. Save the procedural error made...
01/10/2018
In the summer of 1999, a little more than two years after the first stories appeared in this newspaper about the frightening plight of the Sparta Aquifer, the Louisiana Legislature created the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District and its board...
01/09/2018
Monday fans around the world celebrated what would have been Elvis’ 83rd birthday. Rest assured that no celebration was any bigger than the one held in Memphis, Tennessee. And while Memphis is known for so many wonderful, historic, and even...
01/09/2018
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, we are not talking about weddings; we are talking about your garden. The joy of having a mature plant with its place established in the garden competes with finding a new treasure...
01/08/2018
The HuffPost headline hit me by surprise: “Why You Should Never Make Your Bed.” So it turns out I’ve been doing something good all these years and didn’t know it. This news was especially eye-catching after all the interest generated by the New York...
01/06/2018
“What you think matters.” I read this on social media during the holidays. It made me stop and think about how this is really true. All of our actions begin with our thoughts which make our actions happen. Our belief system begins in our...
01/06/2018
Question: I cut your articles out and send them to my children all the time. But it seems like they just don’t get it. What can I do to help my adult children not repeat the same financial mistakes I made at their age? Answer: Not a thing. There is...
01/06/2018
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being — but, at the same time,...
01/06/2018
Asset allocation is to investment planning what the foundation is to a house or the chassis is to a car. It’s what everything else is built upon. And just as important as constructing a house on a firm foundation, having the right asset allocation...
01/06/2018
As we roll straight out of the holiday season, we still get to continue to ‘laissez les bon temps rouler.’ Those good times will keep on rolling because of the early Mardi Gras set for 2018. Twelfth Night is also known as the start of Carnival...