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Columns

09/27/2014
For the past five years I’ve visited with readers once a week. I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to find something about which to write. Not to mention, five years is a long time. In the time I’ve worked at the Daily Leader, so far, I’ve...
09/27/2014
Question:  Sometimes I just get frustrated and mad about the state of my money, but it seems I rarely go any further than that.  It just seems that my financial situation shouldn’t make me frustrated all the time.  Am I weird?   Answer: Your...
09/27/2014
The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you...
09/27/2014
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to...
09/26/2014
There was an article on the Internet that caught my attention the other day. It was an acronym that was new to me, and I thought it might be new to you as well. The term is FOMO. Have you ever heard of it? It stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.” The...
09/26/2014
Can you tell me where September went in such a hurry? And it is as hot as you know where. You truly could fry an egg on the sidewalk. I have a special favor to ask of you. Pray for me. Tomorrow I will be having surgery on my teeth. I believe it...
09/26/2014
It’s no secret I am not a Ruston native, not even a Lincoln Parish native. But after spending four years at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston felt more like home that my actual hometown did. In the years since the decision was made that this would...
09/25/2014
Monday was my first time to ever go to the detention center and I have to say I was pretty impressed. The DC is not usually my beat, so typically, I don’t have a reason to go but this time certain circumstances called for it. No, I wasn’t impressed...
09/24/2014
Grab a chair and settle in for a while. Downtown merchants and the city are talking about parking — again. Or maybe the more apt word is “still.” The discussion has gone on through at least the last three mayoral administrations and always seem to...
09/24/2014
The picture show in Dubach was the Gem Theater. It was a place where small town folks older than me went to see James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, the Duke and others. The Gem was “Giant,” “East of Eden,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and on...
09/23/2014
More than 6 million young people across the country soon will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4...
09/22/2014
Recently, I wrote a column about the critical role that the church plays in supporting victims of domestic violence. I pointed out that, in the past, churches were often the first place where a woman turned when she was being abused by her husband....
09/22/2014
It’s become a public relations nightmare for the National Football League. Last month the NFL announced a new policy in response to handling cases of domestic violence against league personnel. Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore...
09/21/2014
I couldn’t help it. While watching Saturday night’s Louisiana Tech University-Northwestern State University game, my mind kept reflecting back to nearly 50 years ago. Make that 46 years having elapsed since arguably (well, there may not even be any...
09/21/2014
His name is David. He came to live with us in his early teens; turmoil at his home prompted his need for a fresh start in a different environment. Granted, our relationship with David was not without a few bumps and setbacks, but I finally had the...
09/21/2014
Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be...
09/21/2014
Question: Years ago, my family bought stock in a small community bank where they lived. The bank sold several times to bigger and bigger banks. The stock price went up a lot. But when the financial crisis happened, the price of the stock crashed....
09/20/2014
As an investor, you’re well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you’d be basing these feelings on actual evidence...
09/20/2014
The attack on the Second Amendment has come home to me personally. It is not that this was totally unexpected, but as they say on one pre-game football program, “C’mon Man!” I wrote my column a couple of weeks ago. My skin is thick enough to take...
09/20/2014
Have you ever seen the television show “NUMB3RS” that ran from 2005-10? It’s still on periodically and is one of my go-to shows when I’m up in the middle of the night. In it, a brilliant mathematician uses complex equations to flush out criminals...