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Columns

10/18/2014
Question: I started my own business a few years ago. I did very well last year, but my CPA just told me about what I was going to owe in taxes — I am in shock. I do not have the money as I have reinvested it in my business. My wife knows nothing...
10/18/2014
You won’t see it on the calendar, and it doesn’t inspire any greeting cards, but National Save for Retirement Week is here again. The goal of this week is self-explanatory, but what does it mean to you? Are you vulnerable to the possibility of...
10/18/2014
How does one measure the worth of running back Kenneth Dixon to Louisiana Tech University’s football team this season? Take your pick. On the ground, where his talent shines the brightest, he’s gained 519 yards and averaged exactly 5.0 yards every...
10/18/2014
This is my second attempt to do my column on a new computer, which I know practically nothing about. When they changed the format on Facebook, I had to quit using it — it was just too confusing for me. Evidently, learning new technology is...
10/17/2014
After posting a few photos from the recent Waste Isolation Pilot Project Training and Exercise to Facebook, it dawned on me that many people were unaware of what was actually going on. Many people were in awe that something such as the prepared...
10/17/2014
Looking back, I can’t remember who drove the green dump truck or what day it came by, but we were always watching out for it and the brown paper bag of Super Bubble he kept in a paper sack on the seat. If you caught him in time, he’d hand a piece...
10/16/2014
Common Core has been one of the most controversial subjects to ever darken the doors of education. In fact, in my lifetime it may be the most controversial. I have written numerous columns where I played the antagonist to its standards, but after...
10/15/2014
I’d never signed a petition before. It just didn’t seem like the right thing for a reporter to do, no matter how worthy the cause. But several weeks ago when a fellow downtown worker walked into the office seeking signatures on a petition asking...
10/15/2014
The Office of Group Benefits situation has been prevalent in the news lately. I have talked to many people concerning this and I know, based upon my personal knowledge, that there is much fright, fear and anger. I will attempt to tell you where we...
10/14/2014
I’ve received a few phone calls this week asking about the need and importance of winterizing lawns. It’s true; lawn winterizing products have been on the shelves of lawn care centers for a month or more now. For warm-season lawns, the term “...
10/14/2014
The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association will sponsor two educational, landscaping opportunities for area residents this month. The Annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and a Fall Floral Workshop are designed to utilize the resources of the...
10/13/2014
October is here, and with it comes pumpkins, cool air and the glorious fall colors of russet, gold, and red. But at DART, October has a completely different meaning. October is the month of awareness. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month...
10/13/2014
It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so. And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well. Common Core state standards is what the talk...
10/12/2014
Over the span of 50 years, a sportswriter can deal with a variety of interviews from a myriad of subjects. Such has been our good fortune with the Ruston Daily Leader. No telling who might be the next athlete or coach on our question-and-answer list...
10/11/2014
I first saw this on the backroads of Lincoln and Jackson parishes. The warriors were the brave Veterans. On these backroads as a young child I was a passenger riding with one of them. We traveled at night, seemingly always during a hot or freezing...
10/11/2014
October always has been and likely always will be my favorite month. While the calendar shows that fall officially starts in September, let’s just be honest. In Louisiana, fall doesn’t even think about poking it’s head out to play until October....
10/11/2014
Question: Many years ago my son stole some money from us. He got caught and has since turned his life around. He’s now married and has a wonderful family. He’s a good person. But he has never paid us back the money. The subject just never comes up....
10/11/2014
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (...
10/11/2014
If you work for a medium-to-large company, you may now be entering the “open enrollment” period — that time of year when you get to make changes to your employee benefits. Your benefit package can be a big piece of your overall financial picture, so...
10/10/2014
I’m hyped up, wanting to tell you about a wonderful fun time I had this week here at Churchill Estates. We had an amazing National Night Out Block Party. I understand it is usually held in August, but because of the Texas heat, it was postponed...