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10/22/2017
The clock is ticking. And it seems inevitable that at some point, the powder keg is going to ignite. Despite heightened tensions amidst continued saber rattling from both sides, nothing has happened so far in the United States’ verbal showdown...
10/22/2017
Look at history. Take a focused look. Don’t take a passing glance, take a hard look. One-line descriptions in a history book or reflective news column, sanitized or not, don’t always tell the full story. This process can be stimulating,...
10/22/2017
Question: My friend is suggesting that I talk to a financial planner she’s so excited about. I already save nearly fifteen percent of my income and I put most of that in a very diversified family of low-cost mutual funds. Wouldn’t I be wasting my...
10/22/2017
Halloween is almost upon us. Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy. Fortunately, their appearance will...
10/22/2017
When erroneous rumors of his demise reached Mark Twain, he famously responded, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Similarly, the estate tax’s impending death is often reported, but unless Congress acts, it’s still alive — at least for now...
10/22/2017
For decades wildlife agencies around the country have given youngsters an edge in getting them interested in deer hunting. In Louisiana, a youth hunt is scheduled one week prior to opening day for the remainder of hunters.
10/22/2017
There was an article on the internet that caught my attention the other day. It was an acronym that was new to me, and I thought it might be new to you as well. The term is FOMO. Have you ever heard of it? It stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.”...
10/20/2017
Since for some reason it seems to be very important to a select group of people just who I break bread with, let the record reflect that Thursday I had lunch with an insurance peddler and real estate mogul. Sitting here at my desk after we returned...
10/20/2017
My favorite book was given to me when I was 10 years old — “Fahrenheit 451.” It’s the story of a society that has vilified free thought, imagination and individuality through the burning of reading materials. However, there are a small group of...
10/19/2017
Fall is in the air, and with fall comes the release of school and district test results from the previous year. So as we are enjoying the cooler temperatures and anxiously awaiting those scores, we pause to focus on areas of achievement as well as...
10/19/2017
College football changed forever four years ago this week. Grambling State University football players boycotted, and later forced the university to forfeit, a football game against Jackson State University — their homecoming game that season —...
10/18/2017
To no one’s great surprise, Louisiana voters have added three more amendments to the state constitution. The trio of successful proposals on the Oct. 14 ballot brings to a whopping 301 the number of amendments passed since 1978. Do the math and that...
10/17/2017
Addition by subtraction. It all added up for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. The Saints traded future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals last week, and days later running backs from both teams had their best games so far...
10/17/2017
If you spend any time gardening you have likely heard the term “native plant,” a buzzword in gardening circles. Finding a single clear-cut definition for native plant is difficult. Therefore, I made my own derived from various sources. According to...
10/16/2017
My sister’s two oldest granddaughters reportedly love to visit her elderly friends. Sister — or Dianne Hollis Lundy to everyone except me, my husband and my besties — messaged me that she had taken 6-year-old Anabelle Rose and 4-year-old Audrie...
10/14/2017
All you had to do is look at an outdoors thermometer last week and the proof was in the pudding. Pudding surprisingly warm for this time of year. No matter what your beliefs on climate change are, it’s hard to argue there have been differences in...
10/14/2017
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
10/14/2017
Question: I’ve got several maxed out credits cards I want to get rid of. I’m thinking of using some of my retirement money to just go ahead and pay them off. Then I can save the money I was paying to my credit cards. I figure this is better since I...
10/14/2017
To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?
10/13/2017
After every mass shooting, the left always invites us to join them in their insanity to participate in yet another circular argument about gun control. It’s not because they care. If they really cared, they would think before they speak after...