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11/19/2016
You deal with it, or you don’t. That’s just the way life is, at least in my line of thinking. But in this day and age of ever-prevalent social media, negative bloggers and talk show radio hosts who believe their feelings are the only ones that...
11/18/2016
The election is finally over. Or is it? After Donald J. Trump was announced as the 45th President of the United States, a large portion of the country felt like their votes did not matter and began to call for the dismissal of the Electoral College...
11/17/2016
The offensive mascot debate continues. The Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians and Florida Seminoles come to mind when thinking about that particular debate. However, one local university might find itself in the center of a mascot controversy...
11/16/2016
Somehow we are not surprised. When all the ballots were counted on election night, Louisiana said “no” to higher education. Voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have stripped the Legislature’s authority to set tuition and fees at...
11/16/2016
New Orleans is such a city of diversity, variety, culture and craziness. How could this happen? The city itself could be the source of so many wonderful nicknames of professional athletics teams. We’ve already had the Buccaneers, the Saints, the...
11/14/2016
Through the years we Hollises have accumulated a potpourri of sayings that we cherish and never tire of repeating. Some we coined ourselves; some we collected from other sources. It’s a shame, however, that when my generation passes away, most of...
11/13/2016
You can look at me and tell. One of my favorite things about this year is the impending cooking of pecan pies for the holiday season. Cakes are good, but behind only lemon icebox pies, there’s nothing sweeter than the taste of pecan pie on...
11/13/2016
Jump Start is the recently implemented Louisiana Department of Education program that shifts some major focus and attention to Career and Technical Education. Beginning with last year’s sophomore class, students were required to choose one of two...
11/13/2016
In what was “not” the nastiest presidential campaign in the history of the United States — as others were worse in the 19th century — but one that was wearying to the general public; there were other developments other than the chief  result:...
11/13/2016
Question: I know I need to make changes in the way I handle my family’s finances, but I don’t want to make drastic commitments that I can’t keep. How much is too much when you’re just starting to get things going in the right direction? Answer: A...
11/13/2016
During your working years, you are (hopefully) putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But once you’ve retired, how can you maximize the benefits you get from these plans?
11/13/2016
Which one is right for you? 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...
11/13/2016
This college football season around Ruston and Grambling has been like bungee jumping. Once you’re hooked on it, no telling what might happen. But it’s going to.be wild and fun. Here’s some of the reasons why 2016 for Louisiana Tech University and...
11/11/2016
From Mac and PC consumers to Democrat to Republican voters, there is no doubt the world is getting more and more polarized. I have seen people on Facebook argue over religious ideas, celebrity scandals and cell phones. I have seen divisive and often...
11/11/2016
Well, the election is finally over and whether your choice for office won or lost, I think we can all agree that we are happy that we won’t have to go through that circus again for another four years. But, now that it is over we can focus on another...
11/10/2016
My father is a stern man. He not only looks intimidating, but his personality and demeanor fit his physical attributes almost to a tee. However, I recently heard my father cry like I hadn’t heard him in a long time, and I thought it was important to...
11/09/2016
Nobody knows more about the history of the buildings in the heart of downtown Ruston than does city Economic Development Director Kristi Lumpkin. She can tell you when they built, what’s significant about the structure and what’s changed over the...
11/08/2016
The moon waxes, we wax our cars and at homecoming you can wax nostalgically , but we are going to talk about waxing camellias. These lovely, cool-weather beauties should begin blooming soon and waxing the flowers will add a new dimension of...
11/07/2016
When I was a kid, I used to privately roll my eyes when one of my elders would start a sentence with: “Well, back in my day, we didn’t have these …” Well, you youngsters can start rolling your eyes at me now because, just today, I caught myself...
11/05/2016
Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty crazy campaign season leading up to Tuesday’s presidential election. And don’t be surprised if things get even crazier over the next 72 hours. Many people, political experts included, feel that Tuesday could become...