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Columns

04/16/2013
I will admit that some days, I don’t want to climb out of my comfortable bed and trek to work in the morning. While I love being a journalist — it is one of the most interesting jobs I think one could choose to have — there are of course days I’d...
04/13/2013
It happened again. Before I could finish a conversation with someone in the aisles of Super 1 Foods, I got the same question I’ve been answering for over thirty years: “So what’s your favorite Elvis song?” I always get the feeling folks are trying...
04/13/2013
The Civil War; what have we learned? Today is the date that Lincoln was shot. Is there more? Now and for the next two years we are celebrating the 150th anniversary("sesquicentennial") of the fighting and conclusion of the Civil War, the War between...
04/13/2013
Next week, we observe Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through...
04/13/2013
Question: I am in my early 70’s. This will be my last year to work. My wife and I both get Social Security checks and I have about $500,000 in IRAs, etc. We spend about $50,000 a year, not including taxes. With this market, I am very worried that I...
04/13/2013
Cost basis. What is it? You may have heard this term used many times, but if you are an investor, it is important to know what it means. Cost basis is a means of measuring the value of a security or other assets for tax purposes. When you sell a...
04/13/2013
It’s been a month since Jorge Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected pope, taking the name of Francis. His election brought many firsts to the office, one being he was the first Jesuit elected in over 2,000 years. But what in the...
04/12/2013
Mary Ann Woods is putting the final touches on the eighth annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase featuring the Joe Woods’ Tribute Band, regional performers and the 2013 Horizon Entertainer, Chad Tingle. Travis Woods returns to lead the band...
04/12/2013
A magical kingdom called Pepperland was the backdrop for the plot that hatched the Beatles’ hit tune “Yellow Submarine” in 1968. Contrary to popular belief, this song has nothing to do with life in North Louisiana during Spring and pollen season....
04/12/2013
The American Diabetes Association currently rates 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3 percent— of the population as having diabetes. With rates of this measure, one can only be amazed how much this affects the life of a...
04/11/2013
Hidden away in the piney woods just off of Louisiana Highway 33 lies one of Lincoln Parish’s hidden jewels. Many people realize that fact, but there are still many others who have never really visited this vision of splendor. Those are the people...
04/11/2013
This past weekend, I again flew to Austin, Texas, to teach cane travel to young blind Texans in the second Project CHANGE (Connections Helping Another Navigate and Guarantee Employment) event. Project CHANGE is a new National Federation of the Blind...
04/10/2013
Nothing makes Lone Wolf much angrier than child abuse. Whether it’s neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse, he’s seen it all, even right here in Lincoln Parish. And he’s vowed to not look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still until he’s...
04/09/2013
Each month, the nation and state release statistics about how the job market is doing. For those of us lucky enough to have a job, those numbers don’t mean a whole lot. Sure, they fuel debates about the economy and how our politicians are handling...
04/08/2013
When asked about what is the most enjoyable aspect of my job, the answer is always easy — the World War II veterans. I enjoy visiting with them for various reasons, particularly to gain wisdom from their life experience. But there are so many...
04/07/2013
Though the flowers that bloom in springtime/Wither soon and die/All the flowers of our youth time live on in Dubach High/Sing her praises speed them onward/To the world we will proclaim/How we’ll always shield and cherish/Dear ol’ Dubach High School...
04/07/2013
This is the story of the lesser prairie chicken and its struggle for survival. Never heard of the lesser prairie chicken? Neither had I until I came across an obscure news item about the bird’s possible listing as a threatened species. The LPC as...
04/07/2013
Angry again. Your writer has been in the legal profession for nearly 40 years. Supposedly through training and experience, control of temper is a staple of my business. When things happen that are provocative, unseemly or disturbing, cool reflection...
04/07/2013
Question: My husband and I are expecting our first baby in the summer. What financial things should we be doing to prepare? Answer: Sometimes it feels like Melinda and I had our first child about, oh, a year or two ago. We now have two college grads...
04/07/2013
Whether you’re a novice investor or you’ve been following the market for years, one thing you know is true: the market is constantly changing. The never-ending ups and downs can make it hard to determine when would be a good time to buy....