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07/27/2013
We have never seen anything like it. We have never felt anything like it. We have no idea — no idea— of what truly is ahead. I’m referring to the new health care system on the verge of implementation, the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes...
07/27/2013
Did you know that many people spend more time planning their vacation than planning for retirement? Although there are many ways to save for your retirement, if you’re like most people, you aren’t taking full advantage of them.
07/27/2013
You can get lucky by finding a parking meter with time left on it. You can “luck out” by having nice weather on your vacation. You can even be lucky at love. But when it comes to financial matters, you’re better off not counting on Lady Luck — and...
07/27/2013
Question: I have an opportunity to buy out my business partner, but it will require borrowing a lot of money. My husband is hesitant for us to take this risk, but I think it will be worth it. It’s what I have always wanted to do! How do you know...
07/27/2013
It’s something we’re getting tired off — the albatross that just won’t go away. Yes, we’re talking about the state of Major League Baseball. It’s time to clean up the game, as Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun agreed this week to a 65-game...
07/27/2013
It was Sunday morning. Six a.m. time for up and at ‘em to make 8 o’clock worship at the church. Afterwards, we lunched at Olive Garden and headed home for a nap, after which it was time to get ready to move over to Jonathan’s and Susan’s for my...
07/25/2013
Small wonder that New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera grabbed the spotlight at the latest All-Star game. His perfect eighth-inning relief appearance not only helped the American League win the game, it showcased the kind of success story that...
07/25/2013
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would ensure that the...
07/25/2013
This is my third column, and I’ve written a few stories now, but I haven’t yet properly introduced myself to the readers. My name is Nicholas Davis, and I’m the new part-time reporter here for the Daily Leader. I’ve been here for two and a half...
07/24/2013
One can almost excuse state Rep. John Bel Edwards for getting a little huffy over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent remarks characterizing Democrats as basically immoral, of little faith and participants in a “new reign of politically correct terror.”...
07/23/2013
I get a lot of calls this time of the year about poorly growing lawns. Many times when I take a look at the situation it appears that improper mowing may be the issue. Most of us don’t think about mowing until at little free time on the weekend...
07/23/2013
I have friends in all sorts of exciting places — England, Scotland, Africa, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and more. And, I’m not going to lie, sometimes I am very jealous of the opportunities they have. So, it was a little bit of a surprise when my...
07/22/2013
One thing I’ve noticed this summer, and over the course of many summers that I’ve lived here — children in Lincoln Parish have plenty of opportunity to prosper even when school isn’t in session. Both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University...
07/21/2013
There is no person that I know of in this community who has been more dedicated to his home and profession than Buddy Davis. There are few who read the paper, and even those who do not, who have not heard of Buddy’s setback a couple of weeks ago. I...
07/21/2013
Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day? Answer: Last week, I began to explain the difference between two common...
07/21/2013
Now that summer is in full swing, you’ll probably be enjoying time off at your favorite vacation spot, if you haven’t already. One of the last things that’s likely to be on your mind this time of year is your investment portfolio. But after you get...
07/21/2013
As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real...
07/21/2013
I’ll admit it. I have enough gray in my hair and beard that when I heard 31-year-old Tommy McClelland was being named Louisiana Tech’s new athletics director, all I could think was “wow.” Now it wasn’t that McClelland was off my radar. I had heard...
07/20/2013
Do you know the word fantabulous? It’s a combination of fantastic and fabulous. It best describes my wonderful beach vacation with family. We wound up in Biloxi, Miss., rather than Gulf Shores, Ala. Susan had been working so hard, she wanted to go...
07/19/2013
If you are a person who can take a step back and look at everything around you, you might find that being in this line of work you hold a front-row seat to a lot of pretty spectacular events. My family has this vision of what I do — running around,...