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02/19/2017
Every now and then, usually when pondering the advances in technology, I have the urge of spewing venom toward one particular computer. That would be the Tandy TRS-80 Model 100 sold by Radio Shack. Every sportswriter worth his weight in unpaid...
02/19/2017
I know I’ve written about it before but the problem continues to get worse. Fake news. What is true and what isn’t? We read and hear about so-called fake news more and more every day, and as a professional journalist I have to admit to much dismay...
02/19/2017
It has been said that a “prophet has no honor in his own country.” Put another way, there are highly talented and great persons within our midst of whom we are unaware or take for granted. Yet right in front of our very eyes are bright lights of...
02/19/2017
Question: My husband and I stumbled on our dream house. It’s really perfect, just what we need for our family. The problem is that we’ve made some bad decisions in the past and our credit rating is probably not so good. We’re still working on...
02/19/2017
It’s tax time again — which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage? Of course, it’s always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on...
02/19/2017
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances—or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home—fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
02/17/2017
I have dreamed of the day I would receive my university diploma for a long time. For a while, it felt like the day would never come, but now it is here. I will be graduating from Louisiana Tech in a week and I am a bundle of mixed emotions. I am...
02/17/2017
When I was a sophomore in high school, I had absolutely no idea what it meant to be an adult. I never had to worry about paying bills, making a budget or deciding on a car payment. Those lessons were learned after I got married. Sure, my parents...
02/16/2017
I do not want to underrepresent the financial problems of Louisiana — it’s not pretty. The Legislature is currently in a special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to deal with how to close the state’s $304 million deficit. But the governor...
02/15/2017
At the beginning of school year 1969-70, the last vestiges of legal segregation in Lincoln Parish classrooms ended. That’s when predominantly black schools dotted across the parish closed, their students folding in with the rest of us. The closures...
02/13/2017
I can’t remember the last time I drove by somebody’s house and saw clothes hanging on the line. Back in the early 60’s before clothes dryers became so prevalent it was a pretty common sight. As a little kid growing up in North Louisiana, I remember...
02/11/2017
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Since January of 2016 Louisiana has had a new governor and new administration. We’ve elected many new congressmen over the past year and half. But after a little more than a year into Gov. John...
02/11/2017
If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way — but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should...
02/11/2017
No one enjoys thinking about the day when they or a loved one will pass away. But if you care how your estate will be dispersed after you’re gone, it’s a topic you need to consider. And for same-sex couples, it can be more complex than for others....
02/11/2017
Question: My investment guy ran a report for me that had a bunch of charts and graphs and said that I would have a 90 percent confidence level, but some of the charts show me running out of money. I usually come away from talking him with my head...
02/10/2017
In a life with so many mishaps and disagreements, it’s hard for some people to keep a positive outlook. So if you can’t be positive, just become neutral, like Switzerland. I’ve been through quite a few hardships in my life, like breakups, arguments...
02/10/2017
I’ve never been one for pageants. There was always too much pomp and circumstance for my liking, but for those who braved such things, I have great admiration. Miss Grambling State University, Astra Watts, is one of those women. When she first came...
02/09/2017
The home of André Samford Jr. and LaDana Samford is full of warmth and love with an abundance of strength and perseverance. At the center of it all, there’s four-month-old André Sanford III, the Grambling couple’s first child together. André III is...
02/08/2017
Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Louisiana. Come Monday, the Legislature will go into a 10-day special session, and the glow radiating from Baton Rouge won’t be the blush of a dozen red roses on their way from your honey. Unless, that is, you’re in...
02/07/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time in order to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Louisianans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana holds the...