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01/29/2017
Question: I thought I would be a lot closer to being able to retire now. But I may be working a lot longer. I guess I’m OK with that, but how many others are in my situation? It seems to me it could be a lot. Answer: Your instincts are correct....
01/29/2017
The holidays are now a month behind us, which means it’s about time for another season: Tax Season. While you may not find it particularly festive, you can get through this season with a minimum of stress — if you’re organized. That means, among...
01/29/2017
Asset allocation is a strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds, and cash). The...
01/29/2017
I keep wanting to call or text Lanky Wells. I just know he’s going to answer. No matter how busy he was or what he had on his non-stop schedule. He always did, whatever the occasion. New Year’s Eve (“Have a great New Year, brother.”) Christmas Eve...
01/29/2017
Whether in the major leagues or sandlot baseball, there is one admonition coaches insist players follow. When the hitter connects with the ball and an infielder scoops it up for what should be an easy out, the hitter could find himself riding the...
01/27/2017
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words — but what about a memory? What is the worth of a living picture of what we have done, complete with the smells, sounds and sensations?
01/27/2017
For a fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University School of Design is hosting the Louisiana Biennial: National Juried Exhibition in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center. While the art came from all over the nation, some of the highest award...
01/26/2017
Once cannot help but notice the dramatic change occurring in Grambling. In a matter of only a couple of years, a new elementary through high school was created, a new administration took over at Grambling State University and Grambling’s dream...
01/25/2017
Thank you, Louisiana Legislature. We appreciate your concern about the quality of our drinking water, but really, a mandated fee so that the state can hire water checkers? Yes, really. And the result for every Louisiana water customer is an...
01/24/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time. Louisiana residents are not making the grade. The hard fact is Louisiana ranks first in obesity and overweight residents. The United States has an adult obesity...
01/23/2017
It happened last week. Actually, it had been sneaking up on me for some time. Something I couldn’t avoid. Even so, when it finally occurred, I felt kind of like Fred Sanford when he used to clutch his chest on the TV show “Sanford and Son” and call...
01/23/2017
When Kentrell Brice sent Cole Beasley reeling into an East Texas county hospital recently, I immediately recalled similar moments in gridiron purgatory. And all had a Kentrell Brice imprint on them. At Ruston High School, at Louisiana Tech...
01/21/2017
In your life, you will want to take many journeys. Some are physical — perhaps you’ll finally visit the French Riviera or the Caribbean. Others involve personal growth — one day, you’ll finally become fluent in that foreign language you’ve been...
01/21/2017
No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. That’s the opinion of Scott Wren, managing director and senior global equity strategist for Wells...
01/21/2017
Question: What is your general opinion about home buying? Do you mainly base it on a percentage of income? Buy all that you can afford? Buy as little as you can get by with? I understand your answer could be affected by numerous factors and could...
01/21/2017
Fake, or twisted, news — it’s seemingly becoming more and more the norm in this day and age. And that shouldn’t be. Those of us who have been involved in media were taught we were supposed to be unbiased when reporting news, but today, when even...
01/20/2017
The sad truth is, the degradation of women is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. The phrase “like a girl” is added to verbs to create insults, insinuating that weak, ineffective actions are characteristic to females. Comments about...
01/20/2017
On Jan. 15, 1929, Alberta Williams King gave birth to one of the greatest civil rights heroes in America — Martin Luther King Jr. King grew up attending segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of 15; he received...
01/19/2017
If you want to know how much the world changed in a matter of a couple of decades, look no further than the statistics behind social media. The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these...
01/18/2017
To better serve you, Northeast Louisiana, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has become a partner with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, headquartered in Monroe. NEDHSA directs and manages the operation of...