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12/09/2018
Only weeks after an important national election, a Republican president known for reaching across the aisle died. Leaders from both parties paid tribute to his civility and bipartisanship, saying the country could use more of that. That was...
12/09/2018
Last week I stepped on Ebenezer Scrooge’s toes. We then discussed a very real phenomenon — concerning very special people — for whom holidays aren’t especially wonderful.       As many of us enjoy birthday celebrations, then refer to “Christmas” as...
12/08/2018
Question: My uncle has a lot of money but he is not a happy man. He’s always grumpy, he’s never at home and his kids don’t like him. All his big business buddies think he hung the moon, but they don’t really know him. Do people just get to the...
12/08/2018
Health care makes up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. economy and is expected to grow 5.6 percent annually through 2025. In fact, experts anticipate ongoing expansion in this sector no matter what happens with the broader economy — thanks at least in...
12/08/2018
As an investor, you will have access to accounts that are taxed differently from one another. And it’s possible you could benefit from tax diversification by owning accounts in these three categories:  Tax-deferred — Tax-deferred accounts include...
12/07/2018
Someone said once that I’d be a great candidate for elective office. Fueled by a hundred forms of insecurity, my first reaction was to think they didn’t say I’d be a good elected official, just that I’d be a good candidate. Before I could chase...
12/07/2018
She is angry, emotional and incapable of living life free of being controlled by passions. She is often rude and aggressive; this woman is a force to be reckoned with, and God help any man who tries to get in her way. A stereotype that is equal...
12/06/2018
Last weekend, I covered a charitable event in Ruston called Community Christmas. The short definition of Community Christmas is a partnership between the Bridge Community Church and six local nonprofit organizations to provide clients of these...
12/06/2018
This month I want to share some of my family and friends’ favorite dishes. As I flip through my blue checked recipe book, (where I record shared recipes) memories flood my mind, where I first ate the dish, how delicious the food was, who I was with...
12/05/2018
Here’s another tale of political bewilderment to brighten your holiday season. The story is true, but the names have been changed because nobody seems to know whether what apparently didn’t happen really matters. The story starts with a telephone...
12/04/2018
A buddy and I were talking the other day. He was having some issues with a friend of his. He went on and on about his friend’s failings. After listening for a while — and I don’t know why the idea popped into my head — I stopped him and said: “Well...
12/04/2018
Q: Our 15-year-old daughter is very demanding and, to be honest, self-centered. One of the things she does is ask one of us for something and demand an instant decision, as in, “Can I go to the mall with my friends?” If she doesn’t get the right...
12/02/2018
Have you begun to panic or fret? Please don’t. Now “officially” in the Christmas season, despite good intentions, people stress over what to give and get. With “only” 22 shopping days left until Christmas, don’t panic. The Savior whose birth we...
12/01/2018
It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but that could quickly turn in the other direction if you aren’t careful when choosing and putting up your Christmas decorations. Each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,700 people for...
12/01/2018
Question: I will graduate from college this semester. I feel very fortunate to have a good job lined up. I want to be smart with my money. Do you have some basic financial tips for someone my age? Answer: Congratulations on separating yourself from...
12/01/2018
The holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind. In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets,...
12/01/2018
Being asked to serve as an executor or a trustee for an estate is certainly an honor, but it’s also a considerable responsibility. And knowing and understanding those responsibilities can help you be prepared. Many people don’t realize what they are...
11/30/2018
For the past six years, the week after Thanksgiving has been my favorite part of the holiday season. The weather usually begins to get cooler, Christmas lights and trees are on full display and it becomes socially acceptable to sing holiday songs...
11/30/2018
A ho-hum election day. That’s what Louisiana voters experienced a few weeks back. Now a runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 8 with just a few choices for voters on the ballot. At the top of the ticket is the race to fill the void left by former...
11/29/2018
We will be holding our Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest Saturday. The contest is set for 10 a.m. and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will be held at Tractor Supply of Ruston. At the contest we are collecting “Puzzles for...