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Columns

02/24/2017
“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” That is the mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. That goal is also held in our local club here in...
02/23/2017
When Mardi Gras rolls around, Ruston knows how to celebrate. The holiday typically more associated with New Orleans has grown exponentially across the Interstate 20 corridor within the last decade. Lincoln Parish celebrates by gathering all the...
02/22/2017
Editor’s note: This is the second column in a two-part series on Louisiana ranking No. 2 in the nation for female homicides. On Monday, I shared the troubling new information that Louisiana now ranks No. 2 in the nation for female homicides, and...
02/22/2017
It’s good when groups get together to talk about themselves. That way everybody becomes a bit more familiar with everybody else, and presumably, with what the other folks are doing. Such was the premise of the recent two-hour-long Lincoln Parish...
02/21/2017
Do you have a best friend, a best buddy, a best bud? Someone who is loyal and dependable, as well as fun and joyful? Gardeners often think of the daffodil as our best bud (pun intended). Each year daffodils demonstrate their loyalty and...
02/20/2017
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part column focusing on the increased murder rate of women. The second part of the series will run Wednesday in the Lifestyles section. Last month, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker issued a proclamation declaring...
02/20/2017
When I was a tyke of 5 or 6, I found a tick on the left side of my chest. I was terrified. I had heard that ticks suck your blood, and there sat a tick — right on top of my lifeblood. Surely he was going to drain my heart dry. I was going to die.
02/19/2017
Every now and then, usually when pondering the advances in technology, I have the urge of spewing venom toward one particular computer. That would be the Tandy TRS-80 Model 100 sold by Radio Shack. Every sportswriter worth his weight in unpaid...
02/19/2017
I know I’ve written about it before but the problem continues to get worse. Fake news. What is true and what isn’t? We read and hear about so-called fake news more and more every day, and as a professional journalist I have to admit to much dismay...
02/18/2017
It has been said that a “prophet has no honor in his own country.” Put another way, there are highly talented and great persons within our midst of whom we are unaware or take for granted. Yet right in front of our very eyes are bright lights of...
02/18/2017
Question: My husband and I stumbled on our dream house. It’s really perfect, just what we need for our family. The problem is that we’ve made some bad decisions in the past and our credit rating is probably not so good. We’re still working on...
02/18/2017
It’s tax time again — which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage? Of course, it’s always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on...
02/18/2017
Does the thought of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances—or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home—fill you with anxiety? You are not alone. However, you can’t afford to delay this conversation. As...
02/17/2017
I have dreamed of the day I would receive my university diploma for a long time. For a while, it felt like the day would never come, but now it is here. I will be graduating from Louisiana Tech in a week and I am a bundle of mixed emotions. I am...
02/17/2017
When I was a sophomore in high school, I had absolutely no idea what it meant to be an adult. I never had to worry about paying bills, making a budget or deciding on a car payment. Those lessons were learned after I got married. Sure, my parents...
02/16/2017
I do not want to underrepresent the financial problems of Louisiana — it’s not pretty. The Legislature is currently in a special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to deal with how to close the state’s $304 million deficit. But the governor...
02/15/2017
At the beginning of school year 1969-70, the last vestiges of legal segregation in Lincoln Parish classrooms ended. That’s when predominantly black schools dotted across the parish closed, their students folding in with the rest of us. The closures...
02/13/2017
I can’t remember the last time I drove by somebody’s house and saw clothes hanging on the line. Back in the early 60’s before clothes dryers became so prevalent it was a pretty common sight. As a little kid growing up in North Louisiana, I remember...
02/11/2017
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Since January of 2016 Louisiana has had a new governor and new administration. We’ve elected many new congressmen over the past year and half. But after a little more than a year into Gov. John...
02/11/2017
If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way — but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should...