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Columns

06/18/2016
When you leave a job — whether due to layoff or for any reason — you are often faced with a decision about your 401(k) or other retirement plans. Over time, you may be in the same position as many other employees who have accumulated substantial...
06/17/2016
Every little kid has a hero. Some choose Superman, some Wolverine. I chose someone a little different, and much closer to home — my dad. Some of the fondest childhood memories I have involve sitting in an airport terminal waiting for a certain plane...
06/17/2016
Mike Rutherford of Mike & the Mechanics once wrote: Every generation/Blames the one before And all of their frustrations/Come beating on your door I know that I’m a prisoner/To all my father held so dear I know that I’m a hostage/To all his...
06/16/2016
What accomplishments Grambling has made. Five Grambling residents spoke about the evolution of Grambling and how far the city had come since being incorporated. They reminisced about when Grambling incorporated in 1953, growing up in the community...
06/15/2016
The two things I remember most about nursery school are the red, wooden rocking horse on a spring platform, and my teacher wanting me to wear dresses more often. I loved that rocking horse. I hated wearing dresses. Still do. Some things never change...
06/15/2016
I remember my first Louisiana Peach Festival very vividly. I remember the first Peach Fest that I covered as a reporter for the Ruston Daily Leader. And I remember the first festival my husband Slade and I took our son Asher to. There were many...
06/13/2016
Father’s Day is this Sunday and in honor of this occasion, I wanted to write a column about the role of fathers in preventing domestic violence. The unfortunate truth of our work is that most of the fathers we hear about are violent, controlling...
06/13/2016
Let me start by saying you’ll definitely find no answer to the problem in this column. But to find a solution, you first have to identify the problem. And for me, in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead and 53 more injured...
06/13/2016
If Louisiana Tech University’s recently completed baseball season was made into a movie, the titles could be varied. “Thrill-A-Minute ’Dogs Defy Guessperts” “Walk-off Wins Fuel Bulldogs” “Goff-Guided Tech Is Giant Killer” And the credits? Roll the...
06/11/2016
With the decline of corporate pensions and the aging U.S. population putting stress on the Social Security system, the burden of saving and planning for retirement falls increasingly on individuals. This is especially true for younger Americans....
06/11/2016
Question: My brother is always working to get ahead. But he’s never happy. In fact, he’s in a bad mood most of the time! Why do so many people think money will buy them happiness? Money shouldn’t affect us that way, should it? Answer: We all know...
06/11/2016
Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How...
06/10/2016
We’ve all heard the stories on the radio and watched the grieving parents on the news. Every year, more than 35 children die in hot cars from heat-related deaths. On Wednesday, the father of an 8-month old Louisiana infant was arrested after his...
06/10/2016
I don’t know if I can do this image justice — but one of the funniest skits I’ve ever seen on TV was on “The Carole Burnett Show” when Tim Conway played a dentist that kept accidentally injecting himself with Novocain. First he stuck his hand, then...
06/09/2016
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba to restore diplomatic relations and bring back opportunities for both the United States and the Communist-ruled island. The historical trip made Obama the first sitting U.S. president to...
06/08/2016
As Engine No. 4471 rumbled through downtown Ruston on March 28, 1980, engineer A. J. Shirey and brakeman Ned Causey waved and shouted, “This is the last run.” And it was. Despite repeated efforts that commenced months before that Friday afternoon...
06/06/2016
In these days of seemingly endless higher education budget cuts, its pays for University of System schools to think outside of the box and go proactive. So kudos to both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech for doing so.
06/04/2016
Listen and laugh. Have you ever been down and out? Of course you have. I’m not talking about the baseball player who just tried to steal second base. I’m referring to when we have the “blues,” or as Abraham Lincoln used to say having the “slows” —...
06/04/2016
The 2016-17 school year is now history. It is difficult to believe how quickly it transpired with its accomplishments, its challenges and its promises for the future.
06/04/2016
School is officially over with for students of all ages, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Lincoln Parish parents should be thankful for all of the fun and activities that are available for growing minds. From arts camps and science-related...