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Columns

06/06/2013
For those of you brave enough to venture out into the blistering summer heat that has already been blasting North Louisiana for weeks now, there’s plenty of fun to be had in upcoming weeks. It all begins tomorrow as we head into Lincoln Parish’s...
06/05/2013
My friend Mary did her student teaching at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. That’s the school that was flattened on May 20 by a tornado that also killed some of the students. “Saddest are the little kids that were lost at the school,”...
06/04/2013
Looking for ways to keep your children busy this summer? The LSU AgCenter is offering summer workshops, which will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime. Youth can learn how to start a baby-sitting business and become the best baby–...
06/04/2013
I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence. But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid...
06/03/2013
Although the temperature is rising, a midday stroll is still not out of the question. With summer quickly approaching, temperatures will soon cross the triple digit threshold and the only outdoors activity I will be interested in will involve some...
06/01/2013
As hard as it might be to believe, Congress has actually made progress in the last few weeks on farm legislation. First, there is a farm bill in the works that has a good chance of getting passed this year. Now, the Senate Judicial Committee has...
06/01/2013
The stories shared this week involve some statements actually made in my presence. From time to time there are humorous writings published about “sayings in court” that are borrowed from some other source. But today’s are original and funny; your...
06/01/2013
It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the United Nations has designated...
06/01/2013
Question: I got an email from the IRS. It says they need more information about the tax return I filed two years ago. I am concerned about sending my personal information to them over the Internet, but there was no number for me to call. Is it OK...
06/01/2013
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement that from...
05/30/2013
I realize that many might view this as a sports column, but the subject matter goes beyond the world of sports. We’re talking about something that will affect Lincoln Parish and especially Ruston economically — in a negative way. Wednesday news...
05/30/2013
Are you the “night owl,” who goes to bed, when others are waking? Are you that cheerful “early bird” others find obnoxious when you “hum” into the office in the mornings? Can you change? Do you need to change? It can be done. Even if it has to be...
05/29/2013
It’s been 10 years since I was a full-time reporter, but I’m hacked off nonetheless. What was the Justice Department thinking when its investigators secretly seized phone records from Associated Press journalists? Come on, now. In the slightly...
05/28/2013
With the approach of summer, homeowners and gardeners will notice the approach of one unwelcome creature in the landscape. Eastern lubber grasshoppers, also known as graveyard grasshoppers, are one of the few grasshoppers that can seriously damage...
05/28/2013
Last week, my husband and I were driving home to enjoy our lunch break when we noticed some strange things going on with the car in front of us. The first oddity was that someone was throwing something tiny out of the white Jeep-like vehicle every...
05/27/2013
Last year, I had only been employed at the Ruston Daily Leader only a few months when assigned to the Cook Baptist annual fish fry for service members, retired and active, and their spouses. While there, I took the time to visit with veterans and...
05/25/2013
Another graduation season ends. And for 35 years, I’ve thought of the same thing when this heralded time rolls around. It was a beautiful and extra-special day in May 1977 because daddy was home and not at work. We enjoyed swimming in the lake, a...
05/25/2013
Tomorrow is day of gratitude and reflection. It is not just “another” holiday. On Memorial Day, many of us will have the day off from regularly scheduled work. We will gather with families. We will barbecue. Some of us might make a meager attempt to...
05/25/2013
Question: I am in my mid-thirties and have a professional practice. After reading an article recently, I realized that I am not well protected in the event I become disabled. How much disability coverage should I have and is there a big difference...
05/25/2013
This month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone, when, for the first time, it closed above 15,000. Of course, 15,000 is a nice, round number, and it sounds pretty big — but what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? Is it...