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Columns

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...
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...