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11/04/2017
Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement. “Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and...
11/04/2017
Question: My mother is totally obsessed with not spending money. She never goes anywhere or spends anything or throws away anything. Her house literally stinks because of all the old newspapers and magazines she is keeping. My father left her with...
11/04/2017
As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever — and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared. Before we look at how you can ready...
11/03/2017
NCLAC’s third film of this year’s Southern Circuit Tour is next week, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. We’ll be showing “Romeo is Bleeding,” a documentary film directed by Jason Zeldes, that focuses on poets and students in...
11/03/2017
It’s that time of the year again, and this will be my first holiday season without any grandparents to visit. Both my maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother passed away at the beginning of this year. As the season for spending quality...
11/03/2017
“Honesty is the best policy.” According to the interwebs, this jewel is attributed to Ben Franklin, who may or may not have borrowed it from another founding father, Thomas Jefferson, who in a letter to Nathaniel Macon, Jefferson wrote, “Honesty is...
11/02/2017
Almost everything in the Lincoln Parish community revolves around education. The parish is home to two universities, one of which is a historically black institution, a community college and several top-of- the-line pre-kindergarten -through-12th...
11/01/2017
On Veterans Day, Americans honor all American veterans, both living and dead, for their sacrifices in protecting the greatest country in the world. At exactly 11 a.m., each Nov. 11, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military...
11/01/2017
Halloween may be over, but Americans are still spooked by a long list of things that could go bump along the way. In fact, collectively, we’re more afraid of corrupt government officials, the start of World War III and possible extensive changes in...
10/31/2017
4-H is an amazing youth organization that offers youth the opportunity to showcase their variety of talents in so many diverse ways. One of the opportunities we offer Lincoln Parish 4-H members is the opportunity to perform their talents. Each year...
10/30/2017
Let me be the first to wish you a Happy 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ famous — or infamous — “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. I feel pretty certain I’m the first to issue these wishes. You see, today is actually the event’s 79th anniversary...
10/28/2017
Time changes everyone and everything. Sometimes for worse, sometimes for better. If you want proof of that, just look at Halloween. Long ago, Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve — the day preceding All Saints Day) was supposed to have been a religious-type...
10/28/2017
Let this pass us by. We are familiar with the expression “a jack of all trades, and a master of none.“ Although I know that I am not a “master“ of many activities and disciplines, I believe that I have significant expertise in one area. In a way, I...
10/28/2017
Question: I’m in my late 80s and am very concerned about my investment income. The stock market seems very risky and my bonds are all getting called. I can’t earn any interest anywhere. What do I do for income? Also, I’m worried about nursing home...
10/28/2017
Which one is right for you? With the decline of corporate pensions and the aging U.S. population putting stress on the Social Security system, the burden of saving and planning for retirement falls increasingly on individuals. This is especially...
10/28/2017
For reasons likely to remain obscure, Oct, 30 is Checklist Day. But while the origins of this observance may be a mystery, the value of checklists is clear: They help us organize our time and break large jobs into manageable steps. You can use a...
10/27/2017
Candlelight vigils are both haunting and breathtaking at the same time. In a room filled with silence and flickering candlelight, there is a feeling of peace and hope for the families left behind by those taken by domestic violence. Thursday evening...
10/26/2017
When the final class ended the day before Louisiana Tech University’s campus would close for the holidays, I’d find my favorite Converse, tie ’em up and load the car for the long trek back to my beloved hometown of New Orleans. In order to pass time...
10/25/2017
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Ruston and it isn’t even Halloween. All of the extra utility poles for the holiday swags that hang across Trenton and Vienna Streets are in place, and last week, Main Street merchants wrapped...
10/24/2017
Perfect information taken from an online post by Forbes Magazine: • If you’re sending from a personal address — for a job application or informational interview, for example —make sure your address is still professional sounding. You want to make...