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09/04/2013
It was bound to happen. After all, when you spend your monetary reserves — your savings — down past your comfort zone, sooner or later, something’s got to give. And, if you’re the city of Ruston, what gives is the wiggle room you used to have in...
09/03/2013
The “farm to table” experience is not new, but it’s getting lots of attention nation wide as people are becoming more concerned about how food is grown and processed. As a child growing up on a small farm in Winn Parish, my parents practiced “farm...
09/03/2013
It’s funny how your mind remembers things. In reality, the size of my high school was a lot closer to the size of Ruston High. However, on the few occasions where I visit Simsboro or Choudrant High School, they feel more like my alma mater. At...
09/01/2013
A new voice in Washington is about to be heard with an upcoming congressional campaign. There is a great deal for a new leader and representative to absorb in a short time as that voice is our only one on that side of the capitol. Before that,...
09/01/2013
Much has been made this past of the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Caught right up in the midst of the civil rights movement at that time was Grambling State University’s...
08/31/2013
Question: Are we really moving forward in this country? We’re supposed to be so rich as a nation, but everyone I know is in debt! Sometimes I wish for the days when times were simpler. Is our economic progress real or just an illusion? Answer: Allow...
08/31/2013
Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors...
08/31/2013
National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 8. And although this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it does remind us of the importance of grandparents. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you may be thinking of ways to...
08/31/2013
There is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin that says, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For all the phobias and fears that humans demonstrate, the fear of death is certainly common to most, if not all,...
08/31/2013
I have been across town in Lake Highlands with the grandchildren last week and this one. Son Wesley is still in Maryland, grandson-in-law Jonathan is coming home from Korea today, his mother Lynda is going back to Fairfax, Va., tomorrow,...
08/28/2013
Voters in the Ruston school district can save a huge chunk of change over time if they spend an even bigger chunk of change now. That’s the best educated guesstimate of bond attorneys upon whom the Lincoln Parish School Board relied when it decided...
08/27/2013
School is back in session. If you haven’t gotten back into a routine, which has never been one of my strong virtues, I want to share tips for controlling that morning madness: • Mornings go smoother if you get up at least a half-hour earlier than...
08/27/2013
Almost 100 years ago, women gained the right to vote. I get a lot of emails, and one such email alerted me to that fact about a week ago. So, with it also being voter registration week, I thought it would be a great time to encourage women to get...
08/26/2013
It’s probably safe to say that most of us don’t think a lot about our trash and what’s going to happen to it after we put it out. However, if someone considers taking our only source of getting rid of that trash away, we all might get a little...
08/26/2013
Spring is supposed to be the season of freshness and rebirth. But I’ve always thought differently than many others, and for me, fall fits into that category just as much if not more so than spring.
08/24/2013
Tom and I were recently in Nashville for a weekend with friends. I’d spent quite a bit of time there when I was working for our local radio station, but the three of them were making their first foray into Music City. So I was happy to serve as the...
08/24/2013
We pray for their safe return as we thank them all.
08/23/2013
Having a little one at home has made me rethink a lot of things that I hadn’t necessarily thought of in quite some time. For starters since he was a tiny baby we have been getting shots or immunizations for everything from polio and pertussis to...
08/23/2013
In the early 1940’s, long before Ms. Dorothy Jeanne Sallier (Dot) Colvin was our school librarian, she was a teenager growing up Port Sulphur. Located in the heart of Plaquemines Parish, Port Sulphur was a company town built in the 1930’s for the...
08/22/2013
I love competition. I grew up in a competitive environment, being one of six brothers in a single household, so it was only natural that it translated over into my social life. I remember in second grade, my class had a math competition that lasted...