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04/19/2019
As we celebrate the holiest weekend of the year, the man described in a new book as an “unusually bold and courageous” leader who is “a gift from heaven” — North Korea’s “Rocket Man” — has returned to the news, rattling sabers along the way. The...
04/19/2019
There is a place for socialism, but only under certain conditions. In the early life of a society, it is important that every individual pull together for a common cause. The initial basis is survival and demonstrates the most basic of needs that...
04/19/2019
Periodically reviewing your investments to help ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy. When your...
04/19/2019
Question: When you do a financial plan, do you fund your retirement first or get out of debt? Is trying to save on taxes part of it? And my husband says we spend too much money on insurance, but I worry we don’t have enough. We’re all over the map....
04/19/2019
On Monday, millions of people will observe Earth Day by participating in events that support environmental protection. As a citizen, you may want to take part in a local celebration. And as an investor, you can learn a few lessons from the themes...
04/19/2019
When we get to the end of this offering, I’ll let you in on a secret of sorts. As expected, Tuesday’s meeting of the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission, a.k.a. the lake commission, saw more than a few folks leave without the answers and...
04/19/2019
This weekend, my wife and I took a day trip to New Orleans to check out the musical “Hamilton.” The Broadway hit was in town, and we took the opportunity to see what all the buzz was about. In short, it lived up to the hype. The music and direction...
04/18/2019
When I took this job at the Ruston Daily Leader, I had no idea my most popular stories would come from my coverage of the town of Dubach, of all places. But if the many compliments I’ve received and the many parish residents who have called me “the...
04/18/2019
I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer in a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s, but I’m thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses.
04/17/2019
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker makes no bones about it: The often-slow pace of bureaucracy frustrates him. So it was no surprise that when Walker learned about a relatively new state law that can fast-track construction projects and potentially better...
04/17/2019
In the last two years, I’ve become addicted to recycling. Lately, when I talk to people about why I do it, they don’t seem very interested in entertaining my new hobby. I’m not sure why some of us seem so resistant to recycling. It’s relatively...
04/16/2019
Earlier this year, my husband Tom and I spent an inspired evening with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist James Burton. Although he has played with a mind-blowing list of artists throughout his six-plus decades in the business, his tenure with...
04/16/2019
Small bits of black paper dot the floor beside my computer table. They fell from my decades-old photo album as I flipped the pages just minutes ago. But I’ll clean up later. For now, I’ve got to reminisce. You see, I just retrieved the album from...
04/12/2019
America should be in an uproar when it comes to the security of the citizens of our great nation. The United States is a nation of laws enacted to protect its populace. We have laws that limit immigration. The first law was enacted in 1917 and...
04/12/2019
It’s no secret that spring can mean big storms in our part of the country, especially when cold air clashes with warm air, sending Mother Nature into a furious dance of wind and rain. There’s a good chance we’ll see that happen this weekend, just as...
04/12/2019
We’re getting close to the tax-filing deadline. For many of us, this means it’s that time of year when we get our biggest financial windfall — a tax refund. If you have recently received a refund, or are expecting to get one in the next few weeks,...
04/12/2019
When financial markets fluctuate, even the calmest investors can start to question their financial strategies. But volatile markets can present opportunities, says Tracie McMillion, head of global asset allocation strategy for Wells Fargo Investment...
04/12/2019
Question: When you do a financial plan, do you fund your retirement first or get out of debt? Is trying to save on taxes part of it? And my husband says we spend too much money on insurance, but I worry we don’t have enough. We’re all over the map!...
04/12/2019
I have never had much of a green thumb. It is kind of impressive, really, how quickly I can kill a plant. From flowers to ferns to succulents, I have had them all — and they have all died. My father, however, has a knack for gardening. Each year,...
04/12/2019
In the days leading up to the big fishing tournament held two weeks ago on Lake D’Arbonne, a recurring question that led to another was posed repeatedly. When I’d answer the phone or when folks would stop in the office or when I’d be out of the...