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Columns

01/27/2018
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions —whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women...
01/26/2018
There are occasions where in this space we wander around a while before we get to the meat of the matter. This isn’t one of those occasions. I’m not a fan of prosperity preaching. And though it wasn’t as widespread as it is today, it’s something...
01/26/2018
It felt like an earthquake. Or at least what I think an earthquake would feel like. All of the windows in my bedroom were shaking in their frames and I remember my mom rushing to get me from the back of the house. The loud ripping and booming...
01/25/2018
The fight for higher education feels almost like a battle over philosophy. No one will disagree about the importance of investing into education, more specifically higher education. However, finding ways to fund this investment feels like the...
01/24/2018
There’s a pattern shaping up in Ruston and very unscientific research wonders if it may be more than just a fluke. For four consecutive Januarys, the city has dealt with significant utility issues, some upbeat; others, not so much. The saga began...
01/23/2018
My mom loves to tell the story of how I first walked. Truth be told, I didn’t walk first, I ran. In her words, I came into this world just charging ahead. Literally. Mom says the first steps I ever took I ran all the way across the living room,...
01/23/2018
I can relate to many parents out there that struggle with trying to make sure they are meeting the needs of their teenager so she/he will grow into a confident and self-sufficient adult. We parents are constantly looking for ways to foster good...
01/22/2018
“I know where you live. I am coming to get you tonight.” Those words came through the phone. The voice was unrecognizable. I was surprised, then fearful. But then I wrote it off as a random call. Who would want to harm me? Then I got another call....
01/22/2018
When it rains, it pours. Or as we found out recently, when it snows, drifts can pile up. A couple of weeks ago I was without both a computer and my eye glasses. That meant I could communicate by email and call up websites only on my ancient Iphone 4...
01/22/2018
Imagine this: a member of the Football Championship Series — unofficially “small college” — having five representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But early next month, it could become a reality. Former Grambling State University defensive...
01/20/2018
“This is not a drill.” Those famous words were sent during the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Unfortunately, these words were recently erroneously repeated at Pearl Harbor, and to 1.5 million people. I had not planned to...
01/20/2018
Compromise. It seems to a be a lost art for both Louisiana and national politicians in this day and age, as evidenced by news coming out concerning deadlines coming and going with no compromises made on either level on Friday.
01/20/2018
Question: My CPA tells me that next year I’m going to have to start taking money out of my IRA. I don’t need any of this money now and was hoping to be able to just save it. But now I have to take it out. What should I do with it? Answer: Welcome to...
01/20/2018
Whether you’re already investing or are just thinking about it, you should understand risk and the role it plays in a portfolio. And although it may seem simple enough on the surface, risk can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp —...
01/20/2018
Like everyone, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you retire. But a successful retirement doesn’t just happen — it requires a lot of planning. And that’s why it’s a good idea to draw up a “pre-retiree checklist.” Such a checklist might...
01/19/2018
With roots stretching back to 1919, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has served the needs of the business community, and in turn the community at large, in a variety of capacities. One of those capacities is hosting the annual Chamber Awards...
01/18/2018
As my Baby Boomer coworker alluded to in her column Wednesday, hearing stories of youngsters growing up in Ruston during the late 50s into the 60s does hit the funny bone deeply. Tales of window shopping, visiting the old Ruston Airport to watch the...
01/17/2018
My Millennial coworkers love to hear stories about how we passed the time on Friday nights in downtown Ruston when I was kid. They giggle — sometimes uncontrollably — when I tell them about watching the big goldfish swim around in the fountain in...
01/16/2018
I have paraphrased an interesting article I read on Facebook about onions and bacteria. Thank you KaCee Carroll for sharing it. It is fascinating to read about alternatives to today’s version of healthcare. In 1919 when the flu killed more than...
01/16/2018
Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up. The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the...