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01/17/2015
Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be...
01/17/2015
We’ve just begun the new year, but the next academic year is still months away. Nonetheless, if you have a child who will be attending college in the fall, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what might be a vital component of paying for his...
01/17/2015
Question: I have been asked to be part of a group that will guarantee a loan for a business deal. I am naturally risk averse and signing such a deal makes me nervous. Yet I am only one among many in the deal and have plenty of other money. What am I...
01/16/2015
Here I sit in my wheelchair waiting for my church granddaughter, Lori James, to come have lunch with me and give me a manicure. I wish you could meet her. She is a darling girl. Her husband’s name is Bobby James. At their house recently, Bobby...
01/16/2015
New Year’s resolutions typically mean people are hitting the gym, health food stores or trying to kick a bad habit. But for the many who don’t create a resolution, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to better themselves. To me it means that those...
01/15/2015
Fun fact: I am named after Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominoes, and Jimi Hendrix’s chosen first name, James. His birth name was John, but he later changed it to James. Just from the heritage of my name, it’s obvious my father, who was...
01/14/2015
They’re real now. Ruston’s new aldermen, the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge and the new district attorney have all raised their right hands and sworn to uphold the laws of the land and of their respective jurisdictions. They’ve gone to...
01/12/2015
Dallas isn’t that far away from Lincoln Parish when looking at the big picture, and something happening there might be worth watching for consideration in our neck of the woods. Officials in the Dallas area have begun formulating plans to handle a...
01/10/2015
A new year has beckoned and that means 12 months of exciting, tough-to-predict happenings in the world of sports. Here are some of our prognostications, observations and suggestions for 2015: WELCOME ABOARD, MIKE: I might be more optimistic and...
01/10/2015
The idea of crisp hotel sheets, airports, train stations and new places gets me excited. In real life, unfortunately, the trip is never as ideal as the imagined, but I wouldn’t really trade any of the experiences I’ve had. Most years, the farthest...
01/10/2015
Need some medicine? One matter I have resolved for this year is to write with a higher percentage of reference to items that are light­hearted. We cannot turn on the evening news without hearing bad news. We hear news of disease, flu, illness, war...
01/10/2015
Question: I am a young person and I see myself as more ambitious than most of the people I know, young or old. I am not going to be content to slowly work myself up some corporate ladder. Where’s the best place for a go-getter like me to get the...
01/10/2015
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...
01/10/2015
If you’re an investor, you probably had a pretty good year in 2014. But what’s in store for 2015? It’s essentially impossible to make precise predictions about the performance of the financial markets — but it is possible to identify those economic...
01/10/2015
I have started to really feel bad for Andrew Whitworth. I am beginning to wonder if he’s just flat out jinxed or is on a streak of bad luck. Maybe he’s not being cooperative with NFL beat writers, but that can’t be the case because he’s as media...
01/09/2015
In today’s media-driven society there isn’t a day that goes by when people of all ages are not impacted by technology. After an interesting email landed in my inbox earlier this week my interest was piqued. The email began, “With a technology-...
01/08/2015
My lower back is really starting to hurt. I tried an ice packet, a heating pad and even combining both to take away the pestering pain. Nothing seems to work. I guess lifting heavy boxes, sleeping on the couch every night and walking back and forth...
01/08/2015
On Dec. 6 Lincoln Parish 4-H Clubs held the 4-H Cooking Contest at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest in 12 individual divisions. The divisions were as follows: Beef...
01/07/2015
All right, that’s it. No more. I’m fed up clear to the top of my hunter’s orange toboggan hat. The very idea that north Louisiana culture is apparently being assessed nationwide — and maybe even worldwide — by the likes of so-called reality shows...
01/05/2015
Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are still adjusting to saying and writing “2015” rather than “2014.” I have had to correct the date on several letters and checks since New Year’s Day arrived. But while I struggle to remember that we are in a...