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10/29/2013
Holidays have a weird way of making people nostalgic. Since I don’t have any children yet, I don’t watch the Disney Channel unless I’m stuck in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing better to do. I’ve reached the age where I’m convinced that...
10/28/2013
The saying goes that if you get stuck with lemons, make lemonade. That’s what Grambling State University appears to be doing in the midst of the ongoing football team saga — turning a sour situation into something positive. And it looks like that...
10/27/2013
In the summer of 1985 you could practically set your clock by O.A. “Bum” Phillips. Just as sure as the Kansas City Southern would zip through Ruston on its regular 12 noon schedule, the folksy Phillips would conduct each press conference for media...
10/26/2013
Thursday is Halloween. When I was a child, this was a day of great anticipation. I was not so much interested in the costumes, but my focus was an excessive ingestion of chocolate candy. When celebrating Halloween in those days, it was unnecessary...
10/26/2013
Question: Debt is such a big problem in this country. The government keeps borrowing more money. It seems like people are losing their houses and going bankrupt more than ever before. Has anyone ever thought about making debt illegal, or at least...
10/26/2013
An investment sea change has been occurring in the past few years: Mutual fund investors have been shifting some or all of their assets to passively managed vehicles. For many, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become the vehicle of choice. “An...
10/26/2013
Halloween is upon us. Of course, whether you’re navigating the dark corridors of a “haunted house” or just dealing with the “creepy” characters coming to your door demanding candy, you’re probably not too fearful of the sights of the season. But as...
10/26/2013
The summer of 2002 began as a season of sunshine and expectation, but quickly led to a dark time in our marriage. After losing our baby in the first trimester, our hope of becoming parents was put on indefinite hold. After a second miscarriage two...
10/25/2013
During my senior year of college, I decided to take yet another history class really to just fill space in my schedule. Little did I know that class would bring a whole new appreciation for a university that was just down the road — Grambling State...
10/25/2013
The lights are bright. The room is cold and sterile.  Imagine you’re just 4 years old, scared and you’re sitting in a police station or in a medical examination room.  The strangers around you look like giants and they all want you to describe (...
10/24/2013
During elementary, junior high and high school, I remember all the little nuances of historical facts that were taught. We learned about the every war that happened, every catastrophic event and every president that was ever sworn in. I thought I...
10/23/2013
It’s best not to talk about money with Louisiana’s public colleges and universities. State dollars are a commodity they don’t have much of these days. “We know we cannot rely on state funding to achieve our goals,” Louisiana Tech University...
10/22/2013
With extreme weather affecting the northern plains early, I suspect the winter bird population will be arriving early this year. Wintering birds have somewhat different habitat needs than summer nesting birds and now is the time to get the backyard...
10/22/2013
When I first heard last year that every single student in Louisiana high schools would be required to take the ACT to graduate, I didn’t think much about it. Sure, I could tell that teachers and other educators were pretty upset about it, but I...
10/21/2013
Being part of the national spotlight is nothing new for the Grambling State University athletics department and especially the university’s football team. It was that football team along with the school’s world-renowned Marching Tiger Band that made...
10/19/2013
I’m pretty sure Tom had no idea just exactly what he was getting into when he crossed paths with me five years ago. Outside of inheriting daddy and all the wildness that goes with that, little did he know that he would soon adopt an alter ego as...
10/19/2013
Without driving an issue into the ground, we now have seemingly survived the shutdown at the federal level. The purpose of today’s comments is not to attack the Affordable Care Act. I am simply commenting on the state of affairs in Washington and to...
10/18/2013
Fall is here and with winter right around the corner so is the holiday season. Whether it be a birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any type of holiday party we should all be a little more aware of what we are getting ourselves...
10/18/2013
I find myself eagerly waiting to watch the critically acclaimed movie “Twelve Years a Slave,” a story about a free man from the North sold into slavery in the South. However, I found myself shocked after learning in my world geography class this...
10/17/2013
History truly amazes me. We walk down the same paths — sit on the same land — as the people before us did. We can look at the books and manuscripts from hundreds of years ago. There is nothing quite like being able to touch and feel history.