SUbscriber Login | NEW SUBSCRIPTION  

Opinions / Editorials / Letters

  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.

Columns

08/19/2016
Southeast Louisiana is devastated. Thousands of homes are gone, and 13 people are dead due to the historic flooding. Homes have been literally washed way. People have been left with the clothes on their back and maybe whatever they could fit in a...
08/18/2016
“It just kept coming.” That’s how my friend described floodwaters rising to six inches in his Livingston Parish childhood home. I have heard this chilling statement many times. In fact, it haunts me — as I’m sure it does many Louisiana residents. A...
08/17/2016
There’s no doubt about it. Robert Edwin Russ wanted the town that bears his name to be a college town. He donated land for and was a trustee of Ruston College, which in 1894 became the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, the forerunner of...
08/15/2016
What do you get when you take a termite-infested children’s room, several generous supporters and an entire community of givers, a year or more of planning, waiting, and working, and one man’s tireless devotion? You get an incredible new children’s...
08/15/2016
I turned the corner during my walk down the street beside our house, and something looked different. At first I couldn’t tell what was wrong, but then it hit me: The streetlight near the end of the cul-de-sac was flickering. Everything seemed dark....
08/15/2016
Kenneth Dixon, Vernon Butler, Jeff Driskel. Louisiana Tech University fans are familiar with those former Bulldogs being chosen in the annual NFL Draft this year. But several non-drafted players are making an unexpected name for themselves during...
08/13/2016
Ad valorem taxes have always been a controversial tax. The majority of citizens don’t have to pay this property tax because either they don’t own any property, or the value of their property falls below the $75,000 homestead exemption threshold. The...
08/13/2016
If you have an interest in looking up obscure holidays and celebrations, you will find that Tuesday is National Roller Coaster Day. As you know, a roller coaster is used as a metaphor for many areas of life — including the financial markets. As an...
08/13/2016
When you set up your investment portfolio, you probably also settled on an asset allocation strategy — for instance, 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds. You, perhaps with the help of your Financial Adviser, determined that this particular...
08/13/2016
Question: Do you think Social Security will be there for me when I retire? Answer: My somewhat educated guess is, “Yes, Social Security will be there … but not all there.” One way or the other, I think you’re going to get less. If the Social...
08/12/2016
The 2016 Summer Games of the Olympics are well underway and athletes representing the United States seem to be earning gold medal after gold medal. Now, I’m not usually one for sports, it’s just not my thing, but I have always loved to watch the...
08/11/2016
Seems like just yesterday Lincoln Parish children started summer vacation. Just as quickly as the holiday came, the new school year approached. Most Lincoln Parish schools will begin a full day of classes on Monday. Pre-kindergarten through 12th...
08/10/2016
It happened on South Vienna Street. It happened near Maryland Avenue. It happened on Edwards Drive. And now, it’s happened just off North Trenton Street. In each location, when developers have sought a zoning change or conceptual approval for a...
08/08/2016
When as a young man, or woman, they pin a badge on your chest, you notice a change in how you see yourself and how others see you. You now belong to a family — a green, blue, or khaki brotherhood — one that your friends and family may never truly...
08/06/2016
How some of the former Lincoln Parish college players are doing in the early phases of NFL training camps: LARRY DONNELL: If the initial part of the New York Giants’ camp offers a measuring stick, then this former Grambling State University...
08/06/2016
Her name was Shasta. She was a beautiful young collie and my girls loved her. How did she come to live at our house? I stole her. When my two daughters, Cathy and Kayla were young, they wanted a puppy and after a steady diet of watching Lassie on TV...
08/06/2016
Heat is nothing new to me. While my roots are firmly planted in north Louisiana — my parents grew up here — I was born and raised in the New Orleans suburb of Algiers. And warm temperatures are simply a part of life in the Big Easy. I remember...
08/06/2016
“The game is not worth the candle.” Forty-six years ago as a law student, I listened to a professor use that phrase, discussing “reward versus risk.”  I was curious about the cliché’s origin.  Some suggest that it originated from gamblers in Europe...
08/06/2016
As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out and gifts for family members and...
08/06/2016
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...