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Columns

07/02/2016
When I was in primary school, my family and I lived in Midland, Texas. I had great teachers in my early years there. My second grade teacher was Mrs. Friemel, and I have many great memories of her. One thing that stands out to me even today is that...
07/02/2016
It’s great being a “resident” of Tech Nation these days. From postseason honors for athletes to a plethora of awards for staff members, this has been a Summer of Swag at Louisiana Tech University. The envelope is over flowing, so let’s open it and...
07/02/2016
(Note: In view of the insanity taking place today regarding our Second Amendment rights, I felt it timely to share with readers my column on the subject I wrote 10 years ago this week.) In recent days, the Crescent City has been making the news...
07/01/2016
Eight years, 4 months and 15 days. That is how long it took for the American colonists to officially gain its independence from Great Britain. More than 70,000 Americans perished in the American Revolution for our nation to break free from the...
06/30/2016
History repeated itself at Grambling State University. Days before GSU president Willie Larkin would hit a year from his promised eight-year tenure, he resigned in front of the University of Louisiana System Board at their June meeting. Rumors of...
06/29/2016
Let’s face it: Nobody has better bureaucrats than Louisiana. Consider the unfunded mandate requiring all entities that supply drinking water to the public to ensure customers who have sprinkler systems, swimming pools, fire suppression systems and...
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...