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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...
10/24/2017
Birds add interest, movement, color and even beautiful sounds to our gardens. Many bird species feed on insects and this can help hold down populations of pests that may damage plants in landscapes or gardens. So what can we do to encourage birds to...
10/23/2017
Mama used to call it getting too big for your britches — when one’s opinion of themselves exceeds that of the general public. John Lennon woke up one day in the 1960s and decided to tell the world the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. Insulted fans...
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...