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03/09/2016
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was right. No, that’s not a misprint. Bobby Jindal was right when, a little over three years ago, he told the Republican National Committee’s mid-winter meeting the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party.”...
03/07/2016
My sinuses won’t agree, but I love this time of year. Springtime brings a sense of newness and freshness, and seems to offer all kinds of fun here in Lincoln Parish. For me, it begins this upcoming weekend with the annual Ruston Parks and Recreation...
03/06/2016
So just who is this Eric Konkol? That’s what Louisiana Tech University basketball fans were asking when he was announced as the successor of Mike White as the Bulldogs’ head coach. A year later, we have the answer. He’s a personable, pleasing young...
03/06/2016
Very rarely does the national news really hit home for me. Sure there are happenings throughout the nation that we could tie in locally in some way or another, but I don’t find that many stories that break nationally that really resonate. That is...
03/06/2016
Jim and Bill were on a long journey traveling a bumpy highway. Jim asked Bill: “Where are we?” Bill responded: “We are in the state of disarray.” Jim said: “I thought we’re in Louisiana.” Bill answered: “That’s what I said. We’re in the state of...
03/06/2016
Question: Mom and Dad didn’t really set such a great money management example for us kids. But I can see us all following in their footsteps. One of my brothers actually filed for bankruptcy because of all his credit cards. I don’t want this to...
03/06/2016
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...
03/06/2016
International Women’s Day is observed Tuesday. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women’s achievements. Yet, women still face challenges in many areas of life — such as their financial situations. So if you’re a woman, you may want to...
03/06/2016
What were some things that you feared as a child? Perhaps you were scared of the dark, or maybe the invisible “monsters” in your closet, or maybe being alone and being away from your parents or caregivers. Many young children have fears that...
03/06/2016
About this time one year ago, I approached Mark Johnson, owner of Mark Johnson Plumbing in Ruston, offering him the opportunity to sponsor a table for the upcoming banquet sponsored by the North Central Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey...
03/04/2016
“From this valley they say you are going. We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile for you take with you all of the sunshine that has brightened our pathway awhile.” That is the first line of “The Red River Valley,” the song my maternal...
03/03/2016
It’s always a beautiful thing when a group works together to achieve something greater than them. I played high school football for the Ecole Classique Spartans. I remember a few plays that looked so beautiful it almost felt like an National...
03/03/2016
We had a network of bike trails in Dubach and I knew every rock, root, and patch of gravel on them between my house and town. Fern and Jimmy Newsom’s yard was the only exception. Their grass went all the way out to the edge of Hico Street. That was...
03/02/2016
With Louisiana’s presidential preference primary just three days away, it seems a fitting time to revisit some ancient political history. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson stunned the nation when he announced he wasn’t going to seek re-...
02/29/2016
As our state legislators continue working on ways to deal with a $957 million budget shortfall, they should not just be considering ways to make tough cuts and make up for that money. It all begins with the Louisiana Constitution. Why do state...
02/28/2016
The “Boys of Summer” are here again. And it really doesn’t matter how you define that label, be it via the iconic book by Roger Kahn about the Brooklyn Dodgers of the mid-1950s or the modern era. The “Boys of Summer” can fit nicely into any era...
02/27/2016
I remember my first real job. I worked as a cashier at a gas station in my hometown. If my memory serves me correctly, I made around $6 an hour — probably less though. It wasn’t until I worked at a Johnny’s Pizza do I remember when minimum wage...
02/27/2016
I’ve discovered “The Big Interview” series on the AXS channel and it’s been a real treat. With my DVR set to record every episode, I rarely have a day without iconic newsman Dan Rather sitting down with any and every type of celebrity to talk with...
02/27/2016
Imagine if you will that you have just gone to a doctor, had a medical examination and were told that you only had one month left to live. Maybe the setting could be different; the “bad news” was just told to a friend of yours.
02/27/2016
Question: What are your thoughts on these dealers that advertise buying your old gold, silver, watches, etc. They are now having parties to purchase these items. How legitimate is this? If you do own some of these valuables, what is the best way to...