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01/13/2018
If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn’t need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn’t that simple and so, at some point, you may realize you need...
01/12/2018
When it comes to health care in Louisiana, there is considerable room for improvement. Listed at 49 out of 51, including Washington, D.C., in adequacy to provide manageable, affordable healthcare to our citizens, Louisiana seems to be stuck in a rut...
01/11/2018
Without any opposition, the Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously chose to increase schools Superintendent Mike Milstead’s salary from $137,197 to $147,197 during a regularly schedule board meeting in May 2017. Save the procedural error made...
01/10/2018
In the summer of 1999, a little more than two years after the first stories appeared in this newspaper about the frightening plight of the Sparta Aquifer, the Louisiana Legislature created the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District and its board...
01/09/2018
Monday fans around the world celebrated what would have been Elvis’ 83rd birthday. Rest assured that no celebration was any bigger than the one held in Memphis, Tennessee. And while Memphis is known for so many wonderful, historic, and even...
01/09/2018
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, we are not talking about weddings; we are talking about your garden. The joy of having a mature plant with its place established in the garden competes with finding a new treasure...
01/08/2018
The HuffPost headline hit me by surprise: “Why You Should Never Make Your Bed.” So it turns out I’ve been doing something good all these years and didn’t know it. This news was especially eye-catching after all the interest generated by the New York...
01/06/2018
“What you think matters.” I read this on social media during the holidays. It made me stop and think about how this is really true. All of our actions begin with our thoughts which make our actions happen. Our belief system begins in our...
01/06/2018
Question: I cut your articles out and send them to my children all the time. But it seems like they just don’t get it. What can I do to help my adult children not repeat the same financial mistakes I made at their age? Answer: Not a thing. There is...
01/06/2018
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being — but, at the same time,...
01/06/2018
Asset allocation is to investment planning what the foundation is to a house or the chassis is to a car. It’s what everything else is built upon. And just as important as constructing a house on a firm foundation, having the right asset allocation...
01/06/2018
As we roll straight out of the holiday season, we still get to continue to ‘laissez les bon temps rouler.’ Those good times will keep on rolling because of the early Mardi Gras set for 2018. Twelfth Night is also known as the start of Carnival...
01/06/2018
I worked with a slave. This is not a title to a short story or book. I actually worked with a slave. He was not from another country; he was born in the United States. He was, under the laws at that time, born in the station of someone else’s...
01/05/2018
Got a call Wednesday afternoon from my son Joshua. Heard his mom in the background ordering a Big Mac. No big whoop, right? Wrong. Very, VERY big whoop. Like every morning for the past 5.5 years, Joshua woke up Wednesday in custody of the state of...
01/05/2018
In my high school, we held regular prayer sessions — student guided, of course — and were open with our religious club meetings. This was normal in my school of 350 students. It was only when I was older that I learned that there was confusion in...
01/04/2018
From the beginning, the Teach 1 to Lead 1 program had all the right tools to become successful in Lincoln Parish. Former and current educators loved the idea, the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office supported it and even community stakeholders...
01/03/2018
It’s election year in the city of Ruston. Four years ago this coming November, then-Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker was elected the town’s 20th mayor, and voters dumped three of the five incumbent aldermen. Two went down in primary; the...
12/30/2017
Carousing through a pile of sports notes that have accumulated during the holiday season. • Five good reasons for Louisiana Tech University fans to be giddy about the 2018 football season: 1: If a 51-10 whitewash of SMU doesn’t get you excited about...
12/30/2017
Question: As I look ahead to 2018, what kinds of realistic financial resolutions can a regular person make? Answer: Only the ones you can keep. All the rest are just dreamy discouragement. Most of the financial resolutions I’ve ever seen can be...
12/30/2017
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...