SUbscriber Login | NEW SUBSCRIPTION  

Opinions / Editorials / Letters

  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.

Columns

08/13/2016
Question: Do you think Social Security will be there for me when I retire? Answer: My somewhat educated guess is, “Yes, Social Security will be there … but not all there.” One way or the other, I think you’re going to get less. If the Social...
08/12/2016
The 2016 Summer Games of the Olympics are well underway and athletes representing the United States seem to be earning gold medal after gold medal. Now, I’m not usually one for sports, it’s just not my thing, but I have always loved to watch the...
08/11/2016
Seems like just yesterday Lincoln Parish children started summer vacation. Just as quickly as the holiday came, the new school year approached. Most Lincoln Parish schools will begin a full day of classes on Monday. Pre-kindergarten through 12th...
08/10/2016
It happened on South Vienna Street. It happened near Maryland Avenue. It happened on Edwards Drive. And now, it’s happened just off North Trenton Street. In each location, when developers have sought a zoning change or conceptual approval for a...
08/08/2016
When as a young man, or woman, they pin a badge on your chest, you notice a change in how you see yourself and how others see you. You now belong to a family — a green, blue, or khaki brotherhood — one that your friends and family may never truly...
08/06/2016
How some of the former Lincoln Parish college players are doing in the early phases of NFL training camps: LARRY DONNELL: If the initial part of the New York Giants’ camp offers a measuring stick, then this former Grambling State University...
08/06/2016
Her name was Shasta. She was a beautiful young collie and my girls loved her. How did she come to live at our house? I stole her. When my two daughters, Cathy and Kayla were young, they wanted a puppy and after a steady diet of watching Lassie on TV...
08/06/2016
Heat is nothing new to me. While my roots are firmly planted in north Louisiana — my parents grew up here — I was born and raised in the New Orleans suburb of Algiers. And warm temperatures are simply a part of life in the Big Easy. I remember...
08/06/2016
“The game is not worth the candle.” Forty-six years ago as a law student, I listened to a professor use that phrase, discussing “reward versus risk.”  I was curious about the cliché’s origin.  Some suggest that it originated from gamblers in Europe...
08/06/2016
As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out and gifts for family members and...
08/06/2016
Question: When I look at how much money I am spending on insurance I get depressed. How do you know how much to spend? Answer: If you start with the wrong questions, you’ll generally end up with the wrong answers. That was the White Star cruise line...
08/06/2016
During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and...
08/06/2016
There is a new word that has come to intrigue me in the past few months. It is a word that I have heard mostly from those in the Millennial generation — and come to find out, it is what many of them use to describe their actions when they are taking...
08/05/2016
Even as a journalist, with a heart for telling the story of others, it seems to get more difficult to watch the news with each passing day. If Donald Trump isn’t throwing out random hatred, Hillary Clinton fills the void with promises we all know...
08/04/2016
When the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Willie Larkin to be Grambling State University’s 10th president in 2015, the pick seemed to fit. Larkin, whose nickname was “Dynamite,” had charisma coupled with a wise,...
08/03/2016
I remember clearly the summer of 1973. Each noon after my college classes were over for the day, I headed straight home to join by mother in front of the television set. With our lunch plates balanced on our laps, we’d settle in for hours of...
08/01/2016
I grew up in the country. Union Parish to be more specific. Rocky Branch to be precise. I cherish the memories of my childhood there. Winding backroads, swimming holes on both Bayou D’Arbonne and at the junction of Bayou D’Loutre and the Ouachita...
07/30/2016
Question: When I look at how much money I am spending on insurance I get depressed. How do you know how much to spend? Answer: If you start with the wrong questions, you’ll generally end up with the wrong answers. That was the White Star cruise line...
07/30/2016
Parenting is never an easy job — and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you’re doing it on your own. As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below,...
07/30/2016
The days of working for the same company for thirty years and retiring with a gold watch and a pension, for most, are long gone. Chances are you will find yourself changing jobs a number of times over the course of your career — either by choice or...