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12/26/2015
Question: What sorts of things should I be thinking about when I set financial goals for the New Year? Answer: Let me suggest these: • Resolved: I will take responsibility for my financial life. Steven Covey defined responsibility as your response-...
12/26/2015
The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add...
12/26/2015
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees save for retirement. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account was...
12/24/2015
My brother and I typically do not like to attend holiday functions. It’s not that we do not mind socializing. We just like to have small-scale holiday events exclusively featuring our family. So it should come as no surprise while growing up, we...
12/24/2015
You’d be forgiven, in this day and age, for being a little cynical about the world. Refugee crises, economic meltdowns and religious hatred seem to be par for the course these days. Being hit with these things all at once and almost constantly can...
12/23/2015
I don’t like holidays. They get in the way of progress. Things are going along real well, then slam to a halt for a turkey to cross the road, the Easter bunny to hop by or Santa to huff and puff down the chimney. It isn’t that I mind an occasional...
12/21/2015
It cannot be denied. At the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, we see some of the darkest, ugliest, most painful parts of humanity. Worse still, these tragedies and traumas occur in the place where we should feel safe — the home. In the 21 years...
12/21/2015
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. But it’s feeling more like Independence Day. Whatever happened to the wet, cold winter hastened on by El Nino that was predicted for the Southeastern United State this winter? Because with the Christmas...
12/21/2015
Jeff Driskel’s college football career was destined to finish in a big way in his native state of Florida. And why not? At Oveito Paul J. Hagerty High School, he put up impressive numbers as a dual threat quarterback, one who could decimate a...
12/20/2015
Depending on what order you’ve read the newspaper or this page, you may or may not know about Phase 3 of the housing project at Louisiana Tech University. And by all means I know the dormitory situation at Louisiana Tech needs to be updated — but I...
12/19/2015
Question: I know I spent too much money Christmas shopping and I am going to pay for it in January. What suggestions do you have for finding some extra cash in January to pay for some of the shopping I did in December? Answer: Christmas is just a...
12/19/2015
Sharing and making decisions together Young adults from all economic backgrounds have been living with the realities of a challenging economy, limited job offers, and increased living expenses. If your children are among those going through a lean...
12/19/2015
There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisors out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you? You may have to interview several prospective financial advisors...
12/18/2015
This week we are excited to announce the details about the upcoming Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. This year’s Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center. There’s an early Easter in 2016, so the ball is early...
12/18/2015
With Christmas next week — that’s right, it’s here already — I’ve started trying to divide up my time so that I have the opportunity to see all of the people who matter most to me. My best friend from California, Allison, will be making her way to...
12/17/2015
I love many things, but I hold Louisiana Tech University and my hometown of New Orleans especially true to me. Both vastly different and unique, they managed to form the young man I am today. For one reason or another, the Tech tradition has never...
12/16/2015
I made a mistake when I bought my friend Vicky’s riding lawnmower. I’ve never wanted a riding mower. I like to sweat when I work in the yard. Somehow driving a mini tractor back and forth doesn’t quite fit the bill. Even cutting figure eight’s in...
12/14/2015
It’s a shame that the “most wonderful time of the year” can sometimes bring out the worst in people. The unrealistic expectations of trying to create the perfect Christmas can often turn the best of us into instant Grinches, lashing out at anyone in...
12/14/2015
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the piney fragrance of a live Christmas tree. I love decorating the tree, and am known to cry easily as I take out the ornaments of my daughters as babies, or dogs who have left us, or the...
12/12/2015
I remember the first time I met him, I was a sophomore in my journalism classes and working on a piece for The Tech Talk. He was personable. He told me stories of when he and wife were at Louisiana Tech University. Honestly I was nervous before I...