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04/20/2013
Question: Would it make sense for me to start putting about $400 a month into a Roth IRA? I am 47 and am a school teacher. Am I too old to really build up money in this? Answer: You’ve got plenty of time to make a difference in your financial future...
04/19/2013
This has truly been one of the busiest and best weeks I’ve had in quite some time. I had something special happening every single day. I won’t bore you by telling you of all my adventures, but a highlight was the annual widow’s banquet the church...
04/19/2013
In the midst of winter/spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July and August. Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children when the school year ends. More than 21 million children in the...
04/19/2013
I was having a mixed bowl of floaters and soakers on Sunday morning when a headline in the April 7 Monroe News Star jumped off the page. Milk was already splashing from my spoon after reading the more gripping saga about a little fat toad with the...
04/19/2013
As Americans, we are raised in a bubble, most unaware of the cruelty in the world. We think we have it bad but never consider that others, many others, have it worse. We complain about the simplest things — a lack of food in the pantry when the...
04/18/2013
The electronic age has done plenty of good for our way of life in the 21st century. But not always. Sometimes it does the exact opposite. That was the case Wednesday as news “broke” that a suspect in the Boston Marathon had been taken into custody....
04/17/2013
Nothing that’s even remotely tied to state government or Louisiana politics should surprise any of us anymore, but a bill before the House of Representatives that would prohibit public high schools from participating in the Louisiana High School...
04/16/2013
This is the time of the year that I will usually write about home gardening or lawn care. Seems that is what most people want to hear about when the weather starts to warm up. I can understand that because I tend to get the urge to work out in the...
04/16/2013
I will admit that some days, I don’t want to climb out of my comfortable bed and trek to work in the morning. While I love being a journalist — it is one of the most interesting jobs I think one could choose to have — there are of course days I’d...
04/13/2013
It happened again. Before I could finish a conversation with someone in the aisles of Super 1 Foods, I got the same question I’ve been answering for over thirty years: “So what’s your favorite Elvis song?” I always get the feeling folks are trying...
04/13/2013
The Civil War; what have we learned? Today is the date that Lincoln was shot. Is there more? Now and for the next two years we are celebrating the 150th anniversary("sesquicentennial") of the fighting and conclusion of the Civil War, the War between...
04/13/2013
Next week, we observe Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through...
04/13/2013
Question: I am in my early 70’s. This will be my last year to work. My wife and I both get Social Security checks and I have about $500,000 in IRAs, etc. We spend about $50,000 a year, not including taxes. With this market, I am very worried that I...
04/13/2013
Cost basis. What is it? You may have heard this term used many times, but if you are an investor, it is important to know what it means. Cost basis is a means of measuring the value of a security or other assets for tax purposes. When you sell a...
04/13/2013
It’s been a month since Jorge Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected pope, taking the name of Francis. His election brought many firsts to the office, one being he was the first Jesuit elected in over 2,000 years. But what in the...
04/12/2013
Mary Ann Woods is putting the final touches on the eighth annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase featuring the Joe Woods’ Tribute Band, regional performers and the 2013 Horizon Entertainer, Chad Tingle. Travis Woods returns to lead the band...
04/12/2013
A magical kingdom called Pepperland was the backdrop for the plot that hatched the Beatles’ hit tune “Yellow Submarine” in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, this song has nothing to do with life in North Louisiana during Spring and pollen season....
04/12/2013
The American Diabetes Association currently rates 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3 percent— of the population as having diabetes. With rates of this measure, one can only be amazed how much this affects the life of a...
04/11/2013
Hidden away in the piney woods just off of Louisiana Highway 33 lies one of Lincoln Parish’s hidden jewels. Many people realize that fact, but there are still many others who have never really visited this vision of splendor. Those are the people...
04/11/2013
This past weekend, I again flew to Austin, Texas, to teach cane travel to young blind Texans in the second Project CHANGE (Connections Helping Another Navigate and Guarantee Employment) event. Project CHANGE is a new National Federation of the Blind...