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11/29/2014
Question: I know I have a bad habit of overspending during the holidays and pay for it with a lot of credit card debt. What can I do to avoid that trap this year? Answer: I’ll let you in on Moore’s First Law of Christmas Gift Giving: “The expense...
11/29/2014
Like everyone else, you have financial goals. To help achieve these goals, you may need to invest — and when you invest, you’ll need to take on some risk. But the more you understand this risk, and the better you are at managing it, the greater your...
11/29/2014
A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the reason, expenses that significantly affect...
11/29/2014
Time travel. This concept is generally associated with the entertainment industry. Maybe some in the scientific world think it possible. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time or maybe the future? This upcoming...
11/29/2014
Even though Thanksgiving was Thursday, I find myself still swept up in such a sense of gratitude and thanks. Naturally I immediately focus on my many personal blessings — four incredible years of marriage, my wonderful family, the ongoing gift of...
11/29/2014
Chances are that the majority of us ate a few thousand too many calories over the past few days. With savory turkey and dressing and tables bulging with the weight of too many desserts, Thanksgiving is definitely a day on which many avoid counting...
11/28/2014
I’m sure many of you are just now dragging in from your festive traditions of Black Friday shopping. I, on the other hand, have happily been home with my boys baking cookies and pulling out Christmas decorations. Unlike many people I have seen on my...
11/27/2014
Today is Thanksgiving and although I have a lot to be thankful for, I’m a little sad because I have to say goodbye. I have decided to return to school and pursue a career in education and I know I should be excited, but I’m not there yet. I keep...
11/26/2014
In 10 days, Ruston residents will have a little bit better idea of what their new city government will look like. That’s when the runoff races for the three still-undecided Board of Aldermen seats take place. By the end of the evening on Dec. 6,...
11/25/2014
In keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, I want to take this opportunity to thank so many wonderful volunteers for helping to make the LSU AgCenter programs successful. Our volunteers put in lots of hours, hard work, and shared resources. They do...
11/24/2014
You don’t bave to be a baseball player to help. On Saturday, former Ruston High School and LSU baseball standout Ben Alsup is conducting a baseball clinic to benefit former Louisiana Tech University football offensive lineman Ken Serpas, who is...
11/24/2014
My head is filled with so many different thoughts as I sit down to write this week’s column. I am thinking of the heartfelt and humble Christmas Angel requests we have from children who have lived with the fear and stress of family violence. I am...
11/22/2014
A varied helping of sports notes with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
11/22/2014
It’s almost Thanksgiving, a holiday that once celebrated the harvest season. Although many of us today may not be directly connected to agriculture, we still gather on Thanksgiving with our loved ones to share whatever “bounty” we may have. But this...
11/22/2014
Bond market volatility is back. No, that’s not an oxymoron. But it is an understandable source of apprehension, and one that could tempt you to respond to short-term movements. Instead, focus on ways to prepare the fixed income portion of your...
11/22/2014
Question: Do you think I need disability insurance? My work is mostly desk work and I’ve always thought if I have my mind, I can do my work. Also, since I am employed, wouldn’t workers’ compensation take care of my basic needs if something happened...
11/22/2014
Unfortunately, for many people, Thanksgiving has been overshadowed by Black Friday. Or, even worse, in some cases Black Thursday, which is what many people have started calling Thanksgiving Day because so many stores across the country open their...
11/21/2014
This past week, my wife and children had an opportunity to visit the Louisiana School for the Blind. During their visit, they took a tour of the facility, and had an opportunity to meet with several students and instructors. Some of the teachers...
11/21/2014
I’m excited. The weather man says it will be 70 degrees on this day. Right now it is 25 degrees. How can that happen in a matter of days?  I was talking to Erma Hudson tonight on the phone and she said y’all had been freezing too.
11/21/2014
Let’s use this week to share some of our “thankful list” from the NCLAC office. First, I am thankful for dedicated community partners who support the arts in our region. One of these is Bank of Ruston, who holds an annual art exhibition each...