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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...
02/19/2016
Ruston’s beloved Russ-Town Band has an exciting new chamber music group to debut at the Dixie Center for the Arts — The Louisiana Woodwind Arts Trio. Formed in December 2015 by Russ-Town Band Director Lawrence Gibbs, the group will present their...
02/19/2016
While the laughing and chatter has long faded from the Ruston Civic Center, the lesson students learned during the Dollars and $ense Reality Fair will last a lifetime. The program is hosted by United Way of Northeast Louisiana, in partnership with...
02/18/2016
The Democratic presidential hopeful pops up more than cat videos on my Facebook timeline. A co-worker recently asked me — since I am a proud millennial — what appeal does Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have to young voters. It’s simple, yet complex....
02/17/2016
Are you under stress? Who isn’t? We live in stressful times. We can learn to manage our stress, so that we feel: refreshed and renewed, instead of frazzled; in control, instead of hassled; calm, instead of nervous; at peace, instead of angry; and...
02/17/2016
Economic gurus often measure the health of a community by the amount of construction that goes on there. Housing starts and building permits are considered leading indicators. By those standards, Ruston should be one of the healthiest places around...
02/16/2016
Registration for 4-H summer camp begins Feb. 22 for all fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. Camping is one of the most valuable...
02/15/2016
Disappointed. That’s the way I felt after last week’s temporary suspension of TOPS scholarships to state universities and the overall tone of new Gov. John Bel Edwards speech heading into the opening of this week’s special-called Legislative session.
02/14/2016
Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team got a lesson in perseverance, and — if you will — self-described “stubbornness” last week. It occurred before the second annual ‘First Pitch Dinner’ in which Texas Rangers’ Manager Jeff Banister was the...
02/13/2016
I think I first noticed it around my backyard bird feeder — I’m talking about the “pecking’ order. By definition, it’s the “colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization.” Have you ever taken the time to really observe the...
02/13/2016
Today is Valentine’s Day, and while I enjoy chocolate and flowers as much as the next girl there is something unsettling about only proclaiming your love once a year. A few years ago I read a letter a woman had written to her daughter. I don’t...
02/13/2016
Ah, February. This month more sweet sentiments will be shared than any other time of the year. Stores have stocked up on every possible card that can express the way we might feel about someone else. Some people may dismiss it all as nothing but...
02/13/2016
Are things a little backwards? Last week I wrote about today, that is, I wrote about Valentine’s Day.  That column was a playful tongue-in-cheek reminder to many of us to remember to honor the special loved ones in our lives and to remember that...
02/13/2016
Question: My husband is self employed. I used to work, but stopped when we started having children. We are fortunate that he makes enough for me to stay home with our children. He just took out a very large life insurance policy on himself. It...
02/13/2016
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...
02/13/2016
If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans. But you might...