Not many people know that the president of the largest association of business and industry in Louisiana grew up in a union household. My dad was a member of the firefighters’ branch of the AFL-CIO for over 30 years.
He grew up poor, was very blue collar, was a darned good firefighter (retired as assistant chief), and felt for years that the ordinary working man deserved the representation that came from affiliation with a union. I remember gatherings in my home in my early years where my dad and my uncles who belonged to private-sector unions extolled the power of organized labor and its special place in the fabric of a rising middle class.
Not all books can gain the popularity of the Harry Potter series or “The Hunger Games,” but that doesn’t mean literary lovers shouldn’t give them a try.
If you’re anything like me, perhaps sometimes you get stuck in a rut — seemingly reading essentially the same book over and over again. When you know you like a certain genre, it can be difficult to branch out and take a chance.
Luckily, for the third year, the Lincoln Parish Library is offering a chance for book lovers to take that chance and possibly win a prize for their effort.
If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit, affecting mortgages and other loans. But as an investor, you might quickly feel the impact of a move by the Fed — especially if you own bonds.