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06/25/2016
A new governor and administration. Many new Congressmen. And yet, the same old song and dance. But as we’ve seen time and time again over the past decade, the fixes put into place for the state budget finalized on Thursday are only temporary, and we...
06/25/2016
I am not a creature of habit. I quite often remind my friends that I enjoy spontaneity, and that I do not engage in habitual behavior. As a matter of fact, I always and regularly note that I am not a creature of habit. Uh oh, there I go again....
06/25/2016
Sharing and making decisions together Young adults from all economic backgrounds have been living with the realities of a challenging economy, limited job offers, and increased living expenses. If your children are among those going through a lean...
06/25/2016
Question: I am considering two different job offers — one pays more, but the other has better benefits. I am leaning toward the one with better benefits since I like that security. What do you think? Answer: What if your boss owned your house? In...
06/25/2016
Next week, we observe the Fourth of July with sparklers, picnics and parades. And living in a country that offers so much freedom, we have a lot to celebrate. But on a more personal level, you may still be working toward another type of independence...
06/25/2016
A serving of sports items with your Sunday morning cup of coffee: Andrew Whitworth is now, officially, among the best players in the NFL. Not that he hadn’t already earned that tag as one of the game’s most dependable offensive linemen since being a...
06/25/2016
This is about the time when I’ll receive a call from a concerned citizen about finding an abandoned baby deer that the mother has obviously deserted or else the mother has met with an untimely fate. Seeing no other deer around, the caller will...
06/25/2016
Have you ever been captivated by the beauty of a mountain? There are few things in nature that evoke such visceral reaction in my heart than when I witness the grandeur of a towering, majestic mountain. Even Katharine Lee Bates, the poet who penned...
06/24/2016
With all of the darkness that has spread across our news stations and radios, even the front page of this paper, I’ve struggled to find a little bit of light. Last Wednesday afternoon, I found that glimmer of hope during the Lincoln Parish Library...
06/23/2016
Feel the frenzy? It’s in the air. The Peach Festival frenzy has finally hit Ruston. The annual celebration honoring our adored city icon is only a day away. I attended my first Peach Festival last year. I smelled the sweetness, I felt the peach fuzz...
06/22/2016
Don’t blame City Hall if your favorite food category, preferred entertainment venue or must-have shopping choice isn’t on their list. This time, it’s not government’s fault. For 18 full 24-hour days, everybody in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and all...
06/18/2016
I have nothing but good memories surrounding Father’s Day, but that’s because I was fortunate enough to have a great dad. Thomas Wayne Boatright was born in Farmerville and moved to Ruston with his mother as a young boy. But he never knew his father...
06/18/2016
Question: Do you think the stock market will be better by the time I retire? I am nearing 60. Answer: For baby boomers, some see hurricane season in retirement land for some time to come. That was the view of Rob Arnott, a well-known money manager....
06/18/2016
If you’re an older member of Generation X — that is, if you were born in the early to mid-1960s — you may have a lot of “balls in the air.” You are saving for your own retirement — which might not be that far away — while at the same time possibly...
06/18/2016
When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial...
06/17/2016
Every little kid has a hero. Some choose Superman, some Wolverine. I chose someone a little different, and much closer to home — my dad. Some of the fondest childhood memories I have involve sitting in an airport terminal waiting for a certain plane...
06/17/2016
Mike Rutherford of Mike & the Mechanics once wrote: Every generation/Blames the one before And all of their frustrations/Come beating on your door I know that I’m a prisoner/To all my father held so dear I know that I’m a hostage/To all his...
06/16/2016
What accomplishments Grambling has made. Five Grambling residents spoke about the evolution of Grambling and how far the city had come since being incorporated. They reminisced about when Grambling incorporated in 1953, growing up in the community...
06/15/2016
The two things I remember most about nursery school are the red, wooden rocking horse on a spring platform, and my teacher wanting me to wear dresses more often. I loved that rocking horse. I hated wearing dresses. Still do. Some things never change...
06/15/2016
I remember my first Louisiana Peach Festival very vividly. I remember the first Peach Fest that I covered as a reporter for the Ruston Daily Leader. And I remember the first festival my husband Slade and I took our son Asher to. There were many...