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01/31/2019
Dear Rusty: I will be 64 years old in 2019 and thinking about Social Security. My full retirement age is 66 and 2 months, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to get the most out of my retirement. I have a lot of questions, but just need to...
01/31/2019
I know I’ve only been covering local governments for a little over a year, but even so I’ve sat in on dozens of meetings from about 10 different bodies in two parishes. While there are some exciting moments, it’s very easy to settle into “business...
01/30/2019
A key question is starting to become harder to ignore in Louisiana … and it has everything to do with the latest in what is becoming a long list of tax controversies created in the last few years.
01/30/2019
It’s been 32 years since north Louisiana could lay claim to the Governor’s Mansion. That’s when Buddy Roemer won by default after former Gov. Edwin Edwards, Roemer’s 1987 runoff opponent, withdrew from the race, thereby ceding the state’s highest...
01/29/2019
Q: We have 10 grandchildren, spread between three of our kids. They all live within an hour’s drive, so we see them often. We want to be involved in their lives and to be good influences. Our problem is with the parents. None of them are receptive...
01/29/2019
I think by now I’ve proven my love for my native state of Louisiana. I lived in Texas over 20 years. Maybe it’s high time I wrote something nice about the Lone Star State. Although they didn’t know each other at the time, my parents were the first...
01/25/2019
Thank you. Over time dating back to the 1990s, I’ve had the privilege of writing this column and sharing with you the reader.  Today’s column is my last.  There are so many I wish to thank for this joy in writing. Before that, and lest anyone jumps...
01/25/2019
I don’t want to feel that high again. Because you first have to get incredibly low in order to feel something, — anything — that intensely. Let me explain. Admittedly, I was devastated by the end of last weekend’s New Orleans Saints game. I went...
01/25/2019
Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box — often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt,...
01/25/2019
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...
01/25/2019
You probably already know that life insurance can protect your family if something were to happen to you. But you might not realize the many ways in which insurance can help you preserve your plans for the future — whether for yourself, the next...
01/25/2019
Since junior high school, my peers have commented that I speak or act white, and for a short period of time, I was referred to as an Oreo because I was “black on the outside but white on the inside.” These offensive remarks, unfortunately, were...
01/25/2019
It’s one of 1,189 chapters in the Bible, but Luke 15 is where God, with an assist from my mom, opened the door to His love for me. Jesus was doing what he did, hanging out with ne’er do wells, which didn’t sit well with the really religious folks....
01/24/2019
I can relate to many parents out there who 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...
01/24/2019
It’s incredibly easy to judge situations only by one’s own experiences. It’s probably the default state of humanity. I’m not surprised when others who aren’t allergic to peanuts, as I am, are unaware of the precautions I must take to ensure my...
01/23/2019
DEAR ABBY: I may be having a midlife crisis. I’m not happy in my marriage and haven’t been for quite some time. I pray every night that my husband will find someone else so he will leave our marriage. I tried to leave him before, but financially I...
01/23/2019
The first thing my grandmother did when she got ready for bed every night was wind her Seth Thomas alarm clock. If the house was quiet enough, you could hear Mamaw’s clock ticking from its place on her nightstand clear into the back bedroom my...
01/22/2019
I recently had to leave for Baton Rouge before 4 a.m., meaning I needed something to keep me percolating while on that long, bleak, predawn drive. Luckily, I was in for a real treat as the Sirius Elvis Channel debuted a previously unheard concert...
01/22/2019
If you read my previous column on New Year’s resolutions and if you’re still on the journey with me (I guess you are because you’re now reading this), then congratulations. You are participating in a historic event, even though I’m pretty sure no...
01/18/2019
Clear skies are expected tonight, making this sky watcher a happy man. It’s time for a blood moon. The first — and only — total lunar eclipse of 2019 is happening — Sunday, Jan. 20 — and North and South America will have a front row seat to the...