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04/24/2016
Target recently made headlines for its decision to take a stance on an issue concerning just who is allowed in gender specific bathrooms. The store indicated its stance on the issue of gender identify, which allows a person to use whatever bathroom...
04/24/2016
Tom and I recently watched the movie “October Sky” again. It’s one of those great “based on a true story” films that can really inspire and challenge you. In a nutshell, it’s the story of Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys, students from the coal...
04/24/2016
1984. For those born later than many of us, that is a book title. It was published by George Orwell in 1949. With developments in technology, using some “Orwellian” verbiage, “Big Brother” is alive and well. Because of recent events and...
04/24/2016
The popularity and accessibility of retirement plans has resulted in Americans holding a significant portion of their assets in 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs. For many, these accounts represent the largest portion of...
04/24/2016
Question: I am in my 50s and plan to retire within the next ten to fifteen years. What should I plan for with respect to health care costs? Answer: A lot of uncertainty. That doesn’t mean to throw up your hands and surrender. It just means that...
04/24/2016
Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if...
04/24/2016
Vernon Butler will make history for Louisiana Tech University’s football program this week. He is projected to be the first-ever defensive lineman for the Bulldogs to be selected in the first round of the annual NFL Draft. With all due respects to...
04/23/2016
I was on an outing last week with a group of folks from states all around the country. A new friend, Bill Cooper, has a fine outdoor media business going. I’m sure I couldn’t quite hide my quizzical look when I asked him where he is from. “Muh-zur-...
04/23/2016
A large crowd gathered for the opening night of Ruston Community Theatre’s “Monday Always Leads to Murder” at the Dixie Center for the Arts. As the curtains parted, the murders begin, as do the laughs. This production is a mix of comedic characters...
04/23/2016
Several years ago while returning from a fishing trip to Arkansas, I was pulled over by a police officer. Before you think ill of me, please let me explain. The officer informed me that one of my headlights wasn’t working. After I assured him...
04/22/2016
Well, it happened. History has been made and most people weren’t even aware it was in the works. On Wednesday, the United States Treasury Department announced that anti-slavery campaigner Harriet Tubman is set to appear on the front of the $20 bill...
04/22/2016
Have you ever spent an afternoon watching TV, then immediately felt guilty? Maybe you have had a beer or four on a Tuesday and wanted to repent. I have too, but I’m here to tell you these things are not inherent transgressions. In America, we are...
04/21/2016
Describing Louisiana’s love for lovable losers can be difficult. The New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. A team destined for failure at every turn finally sat on top of the world. For...
04/20/2016
When you need help after a natural disaster, you need it in a hurry. But when you’re waiting on the federal government to be the helper, you might as well kick back and relax as best you can. Just ask the city of Ruston, the Lincoln Parish Police...
04/18/2016
The picture on the front page of Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader said it all, better than words ever could. That photo showed a 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the Tech Drive/Cooktown Road overpass over Interstate 20, with a vehicle passing underneath on I-20...
04/18/2016
May 5 is a significant day. Cinco de Mayo will have restaurants and groups celebrating in colorful style. My husband was born on the unlikely date of 5-5-55, so May 5th is also his birthday. This year, May 5 will be even more important. It is...
04/16/2016
Pregnancy is an amazing thing. Motherhood is an amazing thing. But what many fail to realize is that not all women become mothers in the same way. Sure most women give birth — in one way or another — to their children. Some mothers adopt or are...
04/16/2016
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, Managing Director and Senior Global Equity Strategist for Wells...
04/16/2016
Question: I think I have disability insurance through my work, but someone told me I should have an individual policy. What’s the difference? Is this something I need? Answer: When a client asks me about insurance of any kind, I usually start with...
04/16/2016
If you’re a golfer, you know the joys — and occasional frustrations — of the game. But you might not realize that some of the lessons you learn on the links can carry over to other areas of your life — such as retirement planning. So whether you’re...