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Columns

06/01/2013
As hard as it might be to believe, Congress has actually made progress in the last few weeks on farm legislation. First, there is a farm bill in the works that has a good chance of getting passed this year. Now, the Senate Judicial Committee has...
06/01/2013
The stories shared this week involve some statements actually made in my presence. From time to time there are humorous writings published about “sayings in court” that are borrowed from some other source. But today’s are original and funny; your...
06/01/2013
It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the United Nations has designated...
06/01/2013
Question: I got an email from the IRS. It says they need more information about the tax return I filed two years ago. I am concerned about sending my personal information to them over the Internet, but there was no number for me to call. Is it OK...
06/01/2013
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement that from...
05/30/2013
I realize that many might view this as a sports column, but the subject matter goes beyond the world of sports. We’re talking about something that will affect Lincoln Parish and especially Ruston economically — in a negative way. Wednesday news...
05/30/2013
Are you the “night owl,” who goes to bed, when others are waking? Are you that cheerful “early bird” others find obnoxious when you “hum” into the office in the mornings? Can you change? Do you need to change? It can be done. Even if it has to be...
05/29/2013
It’s been 10 years since I was a full-time reporter, but I’m hacked off nonetheless. What was the Justice Department thinking when its investigators secretly seized phone records from Associated Press journalists? Come on, now. In the slightly...
05/28/2013
With the approach of summer, homeowners and gardeners will notice the approach of one unwelcome creature in the landscape. Eastern lubber grasshoppers, also known as graveyard grasshoppers, are one of the few grasshoppers that can seriously damage...
05/28/2013
Last week, my husband and I were driving home to enjoy our lunch break when we noticed some strange things going on with the car in front of us. The first oddity was that someone was throwing something tiny out of the white Jeep-like vehicle every...
05/27/2013
Last year, I had only been employed at the Ruston Daily Leader only a few months when assigned to the Cook Baptist annual fish fry for service members, retired and active, and their spouses. While there, I took the time to visit with veterans and...
05/25/2013
Another graduation season ends. And for 35 years, I’ve thought of the same thing when this heralded time rolls around. It was a beautiful and extra-special day in May 1977 because daddy was home and not at work. We enjoyed swimming in the lake, a...
05/25/2013
Tomorrow is day of gratitude and reflection. It is not just “another” holiday. On Memorial Day, many of us will have the day off from regularly scheduled work. We will gather with families. We will barbecue. Some of us might make a meager attempt to...
05/25/2013
Question: I am in my mid-thirties and have a professional practice. After reading an article recently, I realized that I am not well protected in the event I become disabled. How much disability coverage should I have and is there a big difference...
05/25/2013
This month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone, when, for the first time, it closed above 15,000. Of course, 15,000 is a nice, round number, and it sounds pretty big — but what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? Is it...
05/25/2013
Smart investing often involves choosing the right assets to meet your specific needs. It can also involve holding those investments in the right types of accounts — particularly when it comes to retirement savings. When managing your retirement...
05/25/2013
Thin as a javelin and weighing no more than a paperweight, Brian Lee “Butch” Smart would have been the last person you would have thought would give cancer a run for its money. When he discovered that he had the unwavering disease a dozen years ago...
05/25/2013
Did you ever have a dream you had long decided might never happen? My dream started years ago when Temple Baptist Church was taking a group to New York City. I had promised myself at age 18, when I went there with the Louisiana Tech University girls...
05/25/2013
Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served and sacrificed. The idea of...
05/24/2013
Are you one of those people who suffer from insomnia? Sleep is a major problem for many Americans, according to a new report that acts as a kind of "state-of-insomnia" in the U.S. The review, published by the medical journal The Lancet, finds that...