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08/04/2016
When the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Willie Larkin to be Grambling State University’s 10th president in 2015, the pick seemed to fit. Larkin, whose nickname was “Dynamite,” had charisma coupled with a wise,...
08/03/2016
I remember clearly the summer of 1973. Each noon after my college classes were over for the day, I headed straight home to join by mother in front of the television set. With our lunch plates balanced on our laps, we’d settle in for hours of...
08/01/2016
I grew up in the country. Union Parish to be more specific. Rocky Branch to be precise. I cherish the memories of my childhood there. Winding backroads, swimming holes on both Bayou D’Arbonne and at the junction of Bayou D’Loutre and the Ouachita...
07/30/2016
Question: When I look at how much money I am spending on insurance I get depressed. How do you know how much to spend? Answer: If you start with the wrong questions, you’ll generally end up with the wrong answers. That was the White Star cruise line...
07/30/2016
Parenting is never an easy job — and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you’re doing it on your own. As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below,...
07/30/2016
The days of working for the same company for thirty years and retiring with a gold watch and a pension, for most, are long gone. Chances are you will find yourself changing jobs a number of times over the course of your career — either by choice or...
07/30/2016
In a day and age when budgets for the state of Louisiana’s colleges and universities are often filled with uncertainty, stability is crucial. And stability is something that has been severely lacking for years at Grambling State University. On...
07/29/2016
In my house, our spare room is a library. While it may be counterproductive to having extended-stay guests, it works for us. Shelves line the three walls that are not taken up by a large sliding glass door, and on those shelves are books with topics...
07/28/2016
Mariuntaye Buggs has the right attitude in life. The 14-year-old Grambling resident, who goes by “Taye,” said the key to a successful life is never giving up. “You won’t get anywhere in life if you give up,” he said confidently. “That’s just the way...
07/27/2016
For more than 40 years, I’ve listened to police scanners 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s a practice I picked up from my Great Aunt Betty. Aunt Betty lived alone in a second story apartment in an older section of Shreveport. The voices coming from the...
07/25/2016
Editor’s note: Years ago, we had to have our Sheltie dog put down. Smartest dog I’ve ever seen. Old Miles. May you rest in peace in doggie heaven. My oldest son Brian named our new Sheltie after the jazz great Miles Davis. It’s an odd name for a...
07/23/2016
 Sometimes the best part of being a writer is living vicariously through others. That’s exactly what happened to me Friday afternoon as I interviewed Ruston’s Scott Pumphrey about his recent journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. While I...
07/23/2016
We declared our independence 240 years ago. Many now ask, “What are we coming to?” Maybe the question is “What have we become?” Either is logically followed by a simple “Why?” Perhaps I can offer my meager attempt at an answer. I really wanted to...
07/23/2016
On Aug. 5, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it...
07/23/2016
Keep tax costs top-of-mind Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. One at the top of the list is an investment’s tax cost. In fact, for some individuals, this issue may be among the more influential factors...
07/23/2016
Question: I get zero attention from my broker. I know my account is not his biggest, but I always have to call him to suggest changes, and that’s if I can get him on the phone. Isn’t he supposed to be advising me, not the other way around? Answer:...
07/23/2016
In 1987, Mickey Slaughter was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame. Three years later, son Bobby Slaughter led all NCAA players in receptions and was chosen as an All-American, capping off one of the most productive...
07/23/2016
It was one year ago that an event was held in north Louisiana that had folks excited and turned lots of heads. The inaugural banquet of an organization was held that outdoors people still talk about. It was the initial gathering of a new...
07/23/2016
It began as a date night with my wife, and ended with a substantial purchase at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Please allow me to explain. Over the past few months, my wife and I have discussed expanding our patio space by adding to our covered porch....
07/22/2016
Something I learned a long time ago is that you have to find those small moments in life where everything seems to quiet and the only thing that really matters is whatever you are focused on at that moment. I had a lot of those moments in the...