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05/29/2018
The familiar childhood refrain of “I’m bored” sometimes hits us adults, too. In the winter, even in Louisiana, it’s sometimes too cold to comfortably go outside for activities. In the summer, well, we adultishly often feel that it’s too hot. So …...
05/26/2018
High temperatures in the summer are nothing new for this Louisiana boy. I can remember cracking an egg and literally frying it by dropping it on the sidewalk in front of my New Orleans home one July in the early 1970s. I remember tar that was used...
05/26/2018
We honor so many tomorrow. They paid the ultimate price. It is a time of sacred remembrance in our free country. We would not be free but for those who died for us. We also remember those living who served. Thankfully they survived. Yet they were...
05/26/2018
Question: I’ve worked for the same company for most of my career. Now they are offering me a retirement pension check or a lump sum of money instead. Which is usually better? Answer: The question you need to ask is, “Which option is better for me...
05/26/2018
Health care makes up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. economy and is expected to grow 5.6 percent per year through 2025. In fact, experts anticipate ongoing expansion in this sector no matter what happens with the broader economy — thanks at least in...
05/26/2018
Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you’ve made charitable donations, it’s been a win-win: You were able to...
05/26/2018
Bass are easily fooled by soft plastic lures. Some bass prefer their worms Texas-rigged where the point of the hook is imbedded into the worm with a slip sinker bumping the head while others like theirs rigged Carolina style, floating free a foot...
05/25/2018
They figured since I was a reporter that would be my dream job. “If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?” they asked. “The New York Times? The Washington Post?” My reply hung them up. We’re talking full-blown calf-looking-at-a-new-...
05/25/2018
When I was little, I can remember planting American flags in front of the gravestones of those who died serving our country. At the time, I didn’t really understand what we were doing, or why we were doing it, but I knew it was important to remember...
05/24/2018
Louisiana may soon turn back the clocks, quite literally, to return to a time before Daylight Saving Time. The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved a resolution during the recent regular session to study whether Daylight Saving Time or standard...
05/23/2018
Roll the dice and take seven giant steps backward. Yes, seven. That’s how many times the Louisiana Legislature has had over the last three years to begin fixing the financial predicament the state is in. And how many times it’s failed to do anything...
05/22/2018
It’s already been a shining season for Lincoln Parish’s college baseball teams. Even better, the Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs are still alive and ready to battle for their second NCAA playoff appearances over the past two seasons. Not so for the...
05/19/2018
The last thing I told a co-worker as I left the Daily Leader late last Saturday night was “Don’t be surprised if I end up in the hospital by morning. I just don’t feel right.” She’s told me since that she didn’t take me seriously, and with good...
05/19/2018
Why do you invest? If you were like most people, you’d probably say that, among other things, you want to retire comfortably. Obviously, that’s a worthy long-term goal, requiring long-term investing. But as you journey through life, you’ll also...
05/19/2018
Question: I’ve been hearing advertisements on the radio for annuities for retirement. What are these and do I need one? Answer: Annuities may be a useful tool in your retirement income toolkit. But they are no substitute for a plan. At its simplest...
05/19/2018
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes — often unanticipated. About 46 percent of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the...
05/18/2018
Anyone living in this area either recognizes, or will come to learn, that outreach is vital to our community life. Most recently, there has been new and renewed energy in our area evidenced by the expanding outreach of our policy makers, businesses...
05/18/2018
My family has always been one for adventure. So, it was no surprise when my parents purchased two used kayaks from the local fishing, bait and tackle shop. At first I wasn’t to keen on the idea of being suck in a little one-person floaty, but it...
05/18/2018
Exactly why escapes me, but I keep up with dates. There’s the obvious — birthday, anniversary, etc. But I also remember seemingly trivial things like June 15, 1215 and Aug. 2, 1776 and even May 23, 1934.
05/17/2018
We know it is important to get daily exercise. We need about 150 minutes a week. In our daily chores there are many ways to get in a little exercise each day. When shopping, park a good distance from the business’ front door, which gives you more...