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Columns

08/02/2013
It’s not often these days that I get to curl up with a good book and read cover-to-cover in only a day or so. I have my go-to authors who I can read over and over again — the same book mind you — that never gets old. I am enthusiastically delighted...
08/01/2013
At what point does sincerity not matter? Let me propose a hypothetical situation. Imagine a group or a club of children that gets together every summer. And for one of their programs, they go out and help people, whether that be raking their yards...
07/31/2013
I heard the Calypso music even above the roar of my lawnmower. The music seemed to be coming from about a block over, but there was no other evidence that any of the neighbors were having a backyard party. The melody stopped, then, started again,...
07/30/2013
If you planted zucchini this summer, you probably are still harvesting the vegetable. This summer we planted only four plants and have had an abundance of zucchini. Zucchini can be eaten raw, grilled or baked in a variety of dishes.
07/30/2013
Recently, I visited a hair salon, and while getting my hair cut, the stylist had a tale to tell. She informed me that she might not be working there much longer. At this point, I began to worry about my hair. I mean an angry hairstylist could...
07/29/2013
The pleasures of living in a small community occur to me all the time these days. In a big city, daily news gets lost in the large-scale and urgent life. In a small town like Ruston, people take note of the everyday needs of their neighbors....
07/29/2013
My wife thinks I’m crazy sometimes. She may be right, but I can’t help myself. You see, ever since I was a young child, I’ve always been fascinated by storms. Now don’t get me wrong. I completely understand how dangerous a big storm can be, and I...
07/27/2013
The first round of talks between the U.S. and European Union began last week in an attempt to form the world’s largest free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. American Farm Bureau trade specialist Dave Salmonsen said the...
07/27/2013
We have never seen anything like it. We have never felt anything like it. We have no idea — no idea— of what truly is ahead. I’m referring to the new health care system on the verge of implementation, the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes...
07/27/2013
Did you know that many people spend more time planning their vacation than planning for retirement? Although there are many ways to save for your retirement, if you’re like most people, you aren’t taking full advantage of them.
07/27/2013
You can get lucky by finding a parking meter with time left on it. You can “luck out” by having nice weather on your vacation. You can even be lucky at love. But when it comes to financial matters, you’re better off not counting on Lady Luck — and...
07/27/2013
Question: I have an opportunity to buy out my business partner, but it will require borrowing a lot of money. My husband is hesitant for us to take this risk, but I think it will be worth it. It’s what I have always wanted to do! How do you know...
07/27/2013
It’s something we’re getting tired off — the albatross that just won’t go away. Yes, we’re talking about the state of Major League Baseball. It’s time to clean up the game, as Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun agreed this week to a 65-game...
07/27/2013
It was Sunday morning. Six a.m. time for up and at ‘em to make 8 o’clock worship at the church. Afterwards, we lunched at Olive Garden and headed home for a nap, after which it was time to get ready to move over to Jonathan’s and Susan’s for my...
07/25/2013
Small wonder that New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera grabbed the spotlight at the latest All-Star game. His perfect eighth-inning relief appearance not only helped the American League win the game, it showcased the kind of success story that...
07/25/2013
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would ensure that the...
07/25/2013
This is my third column, and I’ve written a few stories now, but I haven’t yet properly introduced myself to the readers. My name is Nicholas Davis, and I’m the new part-time reporter here for the Daily Leader. I’ve been here for two and a half...
07/24/2013
One can almost excuse state Rep. John Bel Edwards for getting a little huffy over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent remarks characterizing Democrats as basically immoral, of little faith and participants in a “new reign of politically correct terror.”...
07/23/2013
I get a lot of calls this time of the year about poorly growing lawns. Many times when I take a look at the situation it appears that improper mowing may be the issue. Most of us don’t think about mowing until at little free time on the weekend...
07/23/2013
I have friends in all sorts of exciting places — England, Scotland, Africa, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and more. And, I’m not going to lie, sometimes I am very jealous of the opportunities they have. So, it was a little bit of a surprise when my...