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01/18/2019
 Many of my friends believe that I know a ‘little bit” about the sports world.  Both of them might say only “little.” To read some truly expert comments, look for the only real expert in the sports world whose name has ever graced these pages, Buddy...
01/18/2019
Question: When should I start taking Social Security? I turn 62 next week and I’m not sure if I should take them sooner or later. I’ll probably work till I’m at least 70 if my health holds out. Answer: Last week we looked at the benefits and...
01/18/2019
Why is time of the essence? The sooner you begin saving — even small amounts — the better your chance of reaching your retirement goals. Consider the following example that shows how much waiting to invest can cost. Put time on your side.
01/18/2019
When interest rates rise, the value of your fixed-income investments, such as bonds, will typically fall. If this happens, how should you respond? First of all, it’s important to understand this inverse correlation between interest rates and bond...
01/18/2019
I consider coffee to be my love language. I drink a concerning amount of it daily, and if I try to function without it, I am completely useless. It’s an addiction I’ve had since my early teenage years, and as time goes on, it only grows more intense...
01/18/2019
Andrew Gray is the youngest of my sister’s three boys. Mary, that sister, married a military man who retired in 1988 as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s chief intelligence officer. Their paths crossed years earlier when Schwarzkopf was commander at Fort...
01/17/2019
Q:  Our 9-year-old daughter recently announced to us that she doesn’t like school, doesn’t want to go, and doesn’t want to do the work. We’ve been unable to get a coherent reason out of her and her third-grade teacher tells us that she seems well-...
01/17/2019
People love to feel like they’re part of something. Whether in grade school, college or participating in civic engagement, there are always plenty of clubs to join. Taking part in almost any activity includes attaching an identifier to oneself — he’...
01/16/2019
Oh, the irony of it all. For three solid months, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker and the city’s Board of Aldermen took a pounding for the timing of a plan to impose an additional sales tax on restaurant purchases and hotel stays, with the revenue going to...
01/16/2019
Only four teams remain alive in the NFL playoffs, and our beloved Saints are thankfully one of them. This upcoming weekend the Dome will once again be rocking, and the Who Dat Nation will be out in full force and ready to leave it all out on the...
01/15/2019
Through the years I have had several very good friends commit suicide. I knew that it wasn’t “my fault,” but you still wonder if there was anything you could have done. It’s a natural reaction. In the best-selling book, “Girl, Wash Your Face,”...
01/15/2019
A Wisconsin pediatrician wants his newspaper to eject my column, giving as one of his complaints that I hew “to the idea that the world of the 1950s was the be-all and end-all of parenting/childrearing, and that if we were to return to that era with...
01/15/2019
One of my most vivid preschool memories is about growing up with housekeepers. I’m not even sure if that’s what we called them at the time or how in the world we ever afforded one, much less two in a row. What I do know is that they were an...
01/11/2019
Political stalemates like the one occurring in Washington aren’t that uncommon. In December, hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after...
01/11/2019
If you’ve been dragging your feet when it comes to estate planning, you aren’t alone. According to a 2017 survey by Caring.com, nearly six out of 10 American adults lack even basic estate-planning documents. Even if you’ve put some documents...
01/11/2019
Think about your loved ones. What will their future be like? Can you picture them living in your house many years from now? Can you picture your children going to college? Can you picture your spouse or partner enjoying a comfortable retirement?...
01/11/2019
Question: When should I start taking Social Security? I turn 62 next week and I’m not sure if I should take them sooner or later. I’ll probably work till I’m at least 70 if my health holds out. Answer: The first thing to do is get your facts...
01/11/2019
I don’t spend much time speaking about politics. In fact, I generally make an effort to stay as far away from controversial topics as possible. All the political conversations I have ever engaged in have turned into heated arguments much too quickly...
01/11/2019
Next month marks five years in this chair. Even though I spend many more than 40 hours a week doing this, I’m still an interloper in the eyes of some because my pillow is 35.2 miles east of my desk. I don’t live here and don’t pay property taxes...
01/10/2019
I remember years ago as a young teen I attended a business meeting at my home church in Lake Charles. The exact details are a little fuzzy because I interpreted things differently as a child, but somehow the prospect of a new trailer park opening up...