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02/27/2016
I remember my first real job. I worked as a cashier at a gas station in my hometown. If my memory serves me correctly, I made around $6 an hour — probably less though. It wasn’t until I worked at a Johnny’s Pizza do I remember when minimum wage...
02/27/2016
I’ve discovered “The Big Interview” series on the AXS channel and it’s been a real treat. With my DVR set to record every episode, I rarely have a day without iconic newsman Dan Rather sitting down with any and every type of celebrity to talk with...
02/27/2016
Imagine if you will that you have just gone to a doctor, had a medical examination and were told that you only had one month left to live. Maybe the setting could be different; the “bad news” was just told to a friend of yours.
02/27/2016
Question: What are your thoughts on these dealers that advertise buying your old gold, silver, watches, etc. They are now having parties to purchase these items. How legitimate is this? If you do own some of these valuables, what is the best way to...
02/27/2016
For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to...
02/27/2016
Some of the most important conversations you may have will be with your Financial Advisor. That’s why he or she will want to get to know you as a person, not just as a client. Your advisor must understand your financial needs so he or she can help...
02/27/2016
The summer of 2002 began as a season of sunshine and expectation, but quickly led to a dark time in our marriage. After losing our baby in the first trimester, our hope of becoming parents was put on indefinite hold. After a second miscarriage two...
02/26/2016
Recently, my dad and I have been on a “finding our family” kick. Well, to tell the truth, we’ve been on that kick since before I was in middle school. Genealogy has been of interest to my dad since he found a memoir of great-great-great grandfather’...
02/26/2016
Everybody should have one person in their life that was put there just to love them and spoil them rotten. My spoiler-in-chief was my grandfather, my PawPaw, R.K. “Doc” Colvin. If he could have filled Dubach Pond with love, honey buns and Fig...
02/25/2016
I felt incredibly anxious while I waited. Not because the show did not start on time or I sat in the middle of a sold out crowd, but because I knew the outcome before I even watched. I recently attended a showing of “The Diary of Anne Frank”...
02/24/2016
The countdown is on. Ruston voters go to the polls April 9 to decide if they want to raise the city sales tax by three-quarters of a cent to help fund a comprehensive plan of municipal infrastructure improvements. While the $80 million Moving Ruston...
02/22/2016
Over the past three years, my weekly column for DART has offered a lot of information about domestic violence. I have written about the different types of abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, digital). I have offered information about dating...
02/22/2016
I will confess. I am a self-described lover of Major League Baseball. Oh sure, there are some irritating “side’” antics that have seeped into the core of the sport, such as pointing to the sky on seemingly every mundane feat or a batter creating a...
02/22/2016
Education is the key in many different aspects of our day-to-day lives. As for our parish, education has surfaced as the key yet again. Only this time it is the key to the trash and litter predicament in Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Each year the...
02/22/2016
During this day and age where severe budget cuts seem to come on a monthly basis to higher education, good news is always welcome. So Louisiana Tech University must be feeling a little better following more than $700,000 being given to the school’s...
02/22/2016
Of course black lives matter, but so do white lives, and brown lives and Asian lives.  All lives matter, and we should be allowed to say that without being castigated by activists who believe that they are the only ones with purity in this matter. ...
02/20/2016
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Unknown We’ve all heard this saying over and over throughout our lives. There’s something about knowing how to do something on your own that makes...
02/20/2016
Question: I would like to retire, or at least slow down, in my mid-60s. If I can save enough money, what are the risks I need to consider? Answer: For more and more retirement wanna-bes, I am seeing that 70 is the new 65. There are three dominant...
02/20/2016
As a result of the loss of corporate pensions and concerns about the long-term viability of Social Security, most Americans anticipate having to be personally responsible for funding their retirement to a degree that would have been unimaginable...
02/20/2016
As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you? A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10 percent...