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05/03/2014
Mike Green was ahead of his time. Oh, he perfectly fit into the era (1969-73) in which he played at Louisiana Tech University. It was just that he was one of those rare athletes who comes along maybe once in the lifetime of a fan, coach, teammate or...
05/03/2014
I had a speck of dust in the corner of my eye the other evening. I blinked trying to remove it. I then realized it was 35 years. I was thoroughly enjoying a reoccurrence and repetition of that which started in my life 35 years prior. And the events...
05/03/2014
Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your Financial Advisor. An integral part of the client-advisor relationship...
05/03/2014
You didn’t see it on your calendar, but Tax Freedom Day fell on April 21 this year. So, why not mark the occasion by beginning to look for ways to become a “tax-smart” investor?
05/03/2014
Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can...
05/02/2014
We recently published an article from the Associated Press on the use of tanning beds by minors. The article stated how both the House and Senate have agreed to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed in the state of Louisiana....
05/02/2014
Over the course of this weekend, the Republican Party of Wisconsin will be voting on whether or not they should add seceding from the United States to their official platform, an idea pushed forward by the Tea Party. Unless you are from Wisconsin,...
05/01/2014
A friend of mine always tells me to write something funny and although I know that news is typically a serious matter, I’m going to attempt to appease my friend this week. Yesterday was a national celebration for mean girls everywhere. It was the...
04/30/2014
Business processing outsource centers and distribution centers may be Ruston’s best economic development prospect for the future. After all, those businesses often operate 24/7, have no adverse environmental impact and typically mean lots of new...
04/29/2014
Herbs have played an important part in man’s life for countless years — in his politics, romance, love, religion, health and superstition. Today many gardeners have abandoned planting herbs in favor of the more showy and trendy flowering plants....
04/29/2014
Rural areas have become popular tourist destinations. People want to get away from their rushed life styles and relax in a slower paced environment. They also want to learn how to do agriculture related activities like milk the cow, plow the field...
04/28/2014
It’s down to the stretch run for local March of Dimes fundraising efforts with the annual March for Babies set to wrap things up on May 10 at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Efforts to raise funds...
04/26/2014
Baseball was special made for fathers and sons. The grand old game progresses at a pace that grumpy folks might believe is too boring and slow. But for fathers and sons, it’s absolutely ideal. All the better to soak in the priceless bond that...
04/26/2014
As I look out my window, I see storm clouds gathering. We have a tornado watch. Here’s hoping it blows over, but I thought I’d better do this now just in case it gets really rough. Tomorrow evening is my deadline, but I am going to be super busy all...
04/26/2014
Some people just won’t wake up.  There are some officials, fortunately not here, who do not see the preventable and controllable plague in front of us.  One might recall how the Pharaoh in Egypt was warned of plagues, yet he kept refusing to yield...
04/26/2014
“Are you looking for something special?” Tom and I were on the streets of Boston’s Little Italy earlier this month when those words wafted up toward our ears. We turned to find this elderly yet charming little Italian woman standing in front of us...
04/26/2014
Before I really committed to my weight-loss journey, I would ask other people who had succeeded at weight loss how they had done it. Did they magically no longer crave hot fudge sundaes? Did losing weight cure their desire for hamburgers, tacos or...
04/26/2014
Question: As I approach retirement, I know there is a lot I need to protect myself and my wife against. I don’t want to be Chicken Little and run around scared all the time. But I also don’t want to be foolish and leave myself unprotected if I can...
04/26/2014
When it comes to estate planning, procrastinating is easy. The task of getting your house in order can seem daunting and the topic uncomfortable. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe that all adults should have an estate plan, only 44...
04/26/2014
Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you’re going to get the full benefits from your retirement years — which could last two, or even three, decades — you’ll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform...