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10/03/2016
The concept seems odd when I reminisce. As a child, I stood at the kitchen sink, washing my hair (this was pre-shower days), while an idea slowly materialized. If I were to write a book, the theme would be: “You can do anything you want to — if you...
10/02/2016
Question: I just finished a very helpful course on personal finance at my church. The course recommended that I buy term insurance and take the difference between what I pay for term and what I would have paid for a so-called whole life policy and...
10/02/2016
October is Financial Planning Month. And now that you know it’s Financial Planning Month (just in case you didn’t know before), why not take the opportunity to determine if you’re on the right path toward meeting your financial goals? Consider...
10/02/2016
If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships,...
10/02/2016
It was 35 years ago Tuesday — Oct. 4, 1981 — that a national spotlight shined brightly on Lincoln Parish as the television movie “Grambling’s White Tiger” was aired across the country on NBC. Starring now Caitlyn, then Bruce, Jenner as Jim Gregory,...
10/02/2016
Tom and I were recently among the first to board our flight out of Washington, D.C., putting us in a position to observe others headed to their seats.  Most folks were wrapped up in their own little world as they fussed with their belongings,...
10/02/2016
The only way that I can be serious at the appropriate time is to laugh when I can. It is unhealthy to be serious all the time. I now leave it to you how seriously to take this.  Some of this thinking comes from ole Will Rogers who loved poking fun...
10/02/2016
From A-Rod to Aaron, from Reed to Robinson. Over the course of 52 years in this profession, I have been fortunate to have interviewed some of the most famous athletes in history. But there’s also plenty I would have loved to have sat down for a...
10/01/2016
I have been walking through a time of transition for the past several months. Many things have changed in my personal life and in the lives of many family members. There have been times of deep sadness and times of great joy. There have been...
09/30/2016
With this past Tuesday having been National Voter Registration day and the first presidential debate having been the night before, voting has been the topic of many a tweet this week. We have been taught since elementary school that voting is a “...
09/30/2016
Cancer is never something that anyone plans on having to suffer through. It is always a shock to be informed that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with such a disease. I have watched friends struggle under the weight of medical bills and...
09/29/2016
Each passing school year I remain in Lincoln Parish, I become more impressed with the quality of students produced in the area. Almost every week the newsroom receives an email from an administrator or teacher about a student accomplishing something...
09/28/2016
Whoever decided parish police juries should sit as boards of review for property tax assessments should have their heads examined. Take the recent Board of Review conducted by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, for example. “Twelve people who don’t do...
09/26/2016
Editor’s Note: It has been 50 years since the University of Texas tower shooting. My former neighbor, M.J. Gabour, and his family were there that day.
09/25/2016
And on Sundays, the earth rested. Well, at least for those who don’t care much for the National Football League. Don’t count me in that number. My Sabbath is grounded in a deep faith with the good Lord, but I believe He allows me a free pass (or the...
09/24/2016
It all started for me about as simple as could be. When I was just a little fellow, my dad placed a little single shot .22 Winchester rifle in my hands and after a lecture and warning that this little gun was no Daisy Red Rider and could hurt or...
09/24/2016
It was a night I’ll never forget. Joyous, uplifting, electric, cathartic … there aren’t enough words to express the myriad of emotions than ran through me — and every Who Dat around the world — on that Monday night 10 years ago. I was in the...
09/24/2016
Three people were in this extremely secure, private meeting: myself, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s time to share what was said. Now if you happen to already be suspicious that I was not in such a meeting, you have good reason, because I was...
09/24/2016
The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the...
09/24/2016
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly...