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01/03/2015
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Some people attribute this quote to Buddha, some to Nelson Mandela and others to a disciple of Buddha. Regardless, it’s a quote that has been spouted in various...
01/03/2015
In a 1970’s “Pogo” comic strip Walt Kelly used a famous phrase: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” I don’t like enemies. I prefer friends or “pals.”
01/03/2015
Tomorrow school revs back up after the holiday break and things will get back to normal throughout schools in Lincoln Parish. And I suspect for our teachers and administrators that will come as somewhat of a relief after the craziness that occurs...
01/03/2015
If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500...
01/03/2015
Question: Why do you think family businesses so often fail after the first generation? How can I prepare to make that transition with my own family business? Answer: Most businesses in this country — and in the world for that matter — are family...
01/03/2015
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...
01/02/2015
I have never been much of a TV watcher. I was always been more of a reader. But in recent years I have found myself latching on to a few television shows to the point that I would say is a tad obsessive. There is one thing in common with the books I...
01/01/2015
2015 is here, which means we begin a whole new year filled with memories. What an interesting year 2014 was. It was filled with wonderful stories around the world, such as a mass ALS awareness campaign known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, new...
12/31/2014
For most of us, New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, but maybe the City of Ruston can buck that trend when 2015 draws in a few hours. After all, it will be a new day at City Hall, and not just the kind of new day that’s...
12/30/2014
In my last two articles, we learned what bed bugs look like and how to do your own bed bug inspection. Today would be a great time to discuss how to protect your home from a bed bug infestation. The first thing that you must do is realize that...
12/29/2014
It’s something young athletes are taught from the beginning — never give up on a play. Always run hard to first base, even when you know it’s an easy out coming up. Always run down the court in case there’s a chance at a rebound. And always run out...
12/29/2014
Out with the old. In with the new. No stigma. No regrets. No blame. No lack of information. Three New Year’s Resolutions that each of you can achieve in 2015: Educate yourselves about mental health • Read the Leader’s news articles, editorials and...
12/29/2014
Area residents have kept an eye on falling gas prices with a smile on their faces knowing that their monthly gasoline budgets are shrinking, leaving more money to spend on other necessities. Administrators at Grambling State University and Louisiana...
12/27/2014
There’s some good news and not-so-good news involving Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali. First, the good news. The rookie defensive lineman is making encouraging strides for the New York Jets, so much that he started last week and is expected to do the...
12/27/2014
Anyone who keeps up religiously with Grambling State University’s football program is probably shaking their head over the 2014 season. Who, in his right mind, would’ve ever believed that the Tigers would be one of the most improved squads in the...
12/27/2014
Our newspaper has been filled to the brim with stories about how people have been giving back this season. So, when an email popped into by inbox about how Louisiana was the sixth least charitable state according to a recent study, I was a little...
12/27/2014
Last month I was elected to a third term on the Public Service Commission representing PSC District 5, the North Louisiana seat. I thank all those who voted for me or otherwise supported my candidacy.
12/27/2014
Let me say it: Happy New Year. This is not just a wish. Wishes are from humans and have little substance. We have in place a guarantee, even if we don’t see or feel something better in our meager terms. You shall have a better New Year. It can...
12/27/2014
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and...
12/27/2014
Now that 2015 is upon us, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym more often, or even learn a new language. All these are worthy goals, of course — but you...