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12/16/2017
Late last month I wrote a column following the death of Charles Manson about how I believed he was a strong example of the cost of long-term imprisonment of convicts and what that means to financially-burdened states like Louisiana. The point I was...
12/16/2017
Question: How much money do I need to save? Answer: Enough. What other answer makes sense? OK. But “enough” to do what? Enough to make you financially free during your working years and enough to make going to work optional as soon as possible....
12/16/2017
Winter is (just about) officially here — but you may soon be leaving it behind if you’re a snowbird. When you go, though, you’ll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold. These are a few suggestions you may want to...
12/16/2017
Our company is committed to helping you succeed across all areas of your financial life. Here are five considerations to think about when it comes to tax planning. Five areas to consider at year-end: 1. Analyze your investment portfolio. • Review...
12/15/2017
I come from a town — well, technically a village — where the biggest holiday celebration was a few small decorations on the lampposts. Now, to be fair, there were only a total of 618 souls who lived there. Most of the celebrations look place in...
12/15/2017
Up front, I’ll apologize and tell you the word “economy” won’t work in trying to share another example — actually a series of examples — of how amazing God’s provision is for his children. A week before Thanksgiving, I was headed to Ruston from...
12/14/2017
There’s not many crevices or creases in the world where the Grambling State University brand is not known. But sometimes lost in the discussions of the historically black institute is the city it calls home — Grambling. Of course, Lincoln Parish...
12/13/2017
Darrius Stewart is a statistic. He’s an abused child — his mother, a crack cocaine addict for 20 years, “beat us with an extension cord to the point we couldn’t go to school the next day.” He’s also a high school dropout, a former resident of four...
12/12/2017
Christmas is one of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Take a break to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Ask your children why we are celebrating. • Christmas...
12/12/2017
I’m well aware that there may be some readers who are in the midst of a leaf battle right now and are cursing their trees. But let me just remind you to take a deep breath, put the rake down for a minute, and look around at the beauty that is...
12/12/2017
One of the sweetest things about the holidays is reflecting on wonderful memories from years gone by. Take the year we were building our home in the country.
12/09/2017
If the first weekend is any indication, December is going to be a month to remember. And I’m not talking about Christmas getting closer. It’s all the happenings that occurred in football during this time. By the time last Monday night’s ESPN...
12/09/2017
Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’ creation, was not isolated in having a different perspective about the holidays. The “Bah humbug” pronouncement might have been over the top, but his portrayed lack of enthusiasm was not unique.
12/09/2017
Louisiana Tech has already put itself in position as one of Louisiana’s leading universities. But now Tech is going national. At a Thursday ceremony attended by Gov. John Bel Edwards, state and local dignitaries, along with members of the University...
12/09/2017
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?
12/09/2017
Question: My mother has a “friend” whose minister is trying to get her to invest in some land deal connected with his church. He is promising to make her lots of money and whenever she asks a question about it, he tells her to trust God and believe...
12/09/2017
If something were to happen to you, would your family have enough life insurance to continue living the way they do today? Experts say many families need 70-90 percent of their current gross income if something were to happen to the breadwinner. It’...
12/08/2017
On the outside chance that even one person will read and understand and accept this as it’s offered — to clear up apparent confusion — here we go. Regardless of what you read or hear otherwise, this is the truth. And no, I’m not saying it’s...
12/08/2017
The Christmas season is usually when people think the most about giving to a charity. Growing up, my parents taught me that it was better to give a gift than to wish for one. So, it is only natural that I, too, give charity when I can. Some...
12/07/2017
Almost every Grambling City Council meeting, Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark sounds like a broken record. “Please remember to lock your vehicles,” says Clark with a sense of fatigue from repetition. “If you don’t lock your cars, things get stolen...