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Columns

11/17/2011
I sometimes wonder what happened to television shows like “Little House on the Prairie,” and “The Waltons” — the good wholesome family shows that used to come on when we were growing up. Now it is “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “...
11/17/2011
“I see you’re trying to kill me” was my comment to the neighbor after he backed up his vehicle to meet my scowl. Just moments before, his truck had been racing down the residential street on which we live. Of course, I was presumably pretty visible...
11/17/2011
“No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less …”   John Donnne “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
11/16/2011
It was freezing (even more so than is typical for late November in Louisiana), pitch black outside and approximately 5 a.m. And, we had another 45 minutes to an hour before the store was going to open. Even with warm clothes from head to toe, the...
11/16/2011
You don’t have to live in Nittany nation to know that college sports are in a crisis. The distinction between students and athletes in the student-athlete continuum is wider than ever before. Universities that once gained their identity through...
11/16/2011
Small children are my favorite people. Unlike some adults, they never hold grudges for long. Watch what happens when two of them become involved in a squabble, or a fight. One moment they’re as mad as can be. But, in most cases, give them just 10...
11/16/2011
This past week has left some sports fans curled up in a corner and crying for their mom. For starters, Joe Paterno is no longer the head coach at Penn State. I, for one, never thought I would write those words. I mean, it’s Joe Paterno. This man has...
11/15/2011
A few days ago I was asked this question, which I felt was a good question to answer in the newspaper. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. This situation can easily come up. “I hired my grandson to mow my lawn. After he had...
11/15/2011
Football victories this past weekend compel me to move this column into the world of sports. Several weeks ago your writer shared some thoughts along the lines of “don’t give up” and words to that effect when it came to supporting the Louisiana Tech...
11/14/2011
It’s doubtful many of us could run our households or our businesses on the same money today as we did 25 years ago. Think about how much your family income was in 1986. Now think about having to make ends meet today with that same amount of money....
11/14/2011
Q: I know you believe it’s okay for parents to say “Because I said so,” but isn’t there some other way of saying the same thing? A: There are a lot of ways of saying the same thing, but most of them are unnecessarily long-winded, as in “You aren’t...
11/13/2011
Two of his brothers had traveled to our city from upstate New York to attend his mother-in-law’s funeral. (And, no this is not going to be an article about death or dying — well, maybe a little.) During my conversation with them, they told me they...
11/13/2011
Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough, but often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult...
11/13/2011
Question:  Is there one type of mutual fund or fund family that is best for my financial planning while I’m in my 30s? I’ve read a lot of different magazine articles reviewing the different funds, but I’m still confused.   Answer:  Suppose I went...
11/13/2011
Some people buy investments here and there, now and then. Others open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), put some money in it, and then forget about it. But this type of haphazard investment behavior can lead to haphazard results. On the other...
11/13/2011
Ever since Black Wednesday occurred in “Happy Valley,” Pa., — or is it now “Sad Valley?” — I keep having these recurring thoughts of what one of Joe Paterno’s closest friends would be thinking now. I am referring to the late Eddie Robinson, the...
11/11/2011
Each year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council brings its annual Holiday Arts Tour to Lincoln Parish. Artists fill our local shops with quality artwork and crafts, shoppers flood the streets, and excitement for the holiday season fills the air...
11/11/2011
If there is one thing I have learned from my short time on this planet, it is this: no matter what is going on in the world, oil will always be profitable. I mean, there is a reason it is called “black gold.” Whether you are the head of a major oil...
11/11/2011
Is there a war on women? And, if so, who exactly is waging it? The first time I encountered the “war on women” meme was in a Feb. 25 editorial in The New York Times, which wrapped up a combination of an attempt to trim discretionary spending, defund...
11/11/2011
On Tuesday night, drama came to an end as a majority of Mississippians voted against Initiative 26, a controversial ballot initiative created to legally protect the rights of unborn children in Mississippi. Although the text of the amendment...