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08/08/2016
When as a young man, or woman, they pin a badge on your chest, you notice a change in how you see yourself and how others see you. You now belong to a family — a green, blue, or khaki brotherhood — one that your friends and family may never truly...
08/06/2016
How some of the former Lincoln Parish college players are doing in the early phases of NFL training camps: LARRY DONNELL: If the initial part of the New York Giants’ camp offers a measuring stick, then this former Grambling State University...
08/06/2016
Her name was Shasta. She was a beautiful young collie and my girls loved her. How did she come to live at our house? I stole her. When my two daughters, Cathy and Kayla were young, they wanted a puppy and after a steady diet of watching Lassie on TV...
08/06/2016
Heat is nothing new to me. While my roots are firmly planted in north Louisiana — my parents grew up here — I was born and raised in the New Orleans suburb of Algiers. And warm temperatures are simply a part of life in the Big Easy. I remember...
08/06/2016
“The game is not worth the candle.” Forty-six years ago as a law student, I listened to a professor use that phrase, discussing “reward versus risk.”  I was curious about the cliché’s origin.  Some suggest that it originated from gamblers in Europe...
08/06/2016
As you set aside money for retirement, you’re probably thinking about planning for necessities, such as housing, food and transportation. You may also be budgeting for some luxuries, such as travel, dinners out and gifts for family members and...
08/06/2016
Question: When I look at how much money I am spending on insurance I get depressed. How do you know how much to spend? Answer: If you start with the wrong questions, you’ll generally end up with the wrong answers. That was the White Star cruise line...
08/06/2016
During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and...
08/06/2016
There is a new word that has come to intrigue me in the past few months. It is a word that I have heard mostly from those in the Millennial generation — and come to find out, it is what many of them use to describe their actions when they are taking...
08/05/2016
Even as a journalist, with a heart for telling the story of others, it seems to get more difficult to watch the news with each passing day. If Donald Trump isn’t throwing out random hatred, Hillary Clinton fills the void with promises we all know...
08/04/2016
When the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Willie Larkin to be Grambling State University’s 10th president in 2015, the pick seemed to fit. Larkin, whose nickname was “Dynamite,” had charisma coupled with a wise,...
08/03/2016
I remember clearly the summer of 1973. Each noon after my college classes were over for the day, I headed straight home to join by mother in front of the television set. With our lunch plates balanced on our laps, we’d settle in for hours of...
08/01/2016
I grew up in the country. Union Parish to be more specific. Rocky Branch to be precise. I cherish the memories of my childhood there. Winding backroads, swimming holes on both Bayou D’Arbonne and at the junction of Bayou D’Loutre and the Ouachita...
07/30/2016
Question: When I look at how much money I am spending on insurance I get depressed. How do you know how much to spend? Answer: If you start with the wrong questions, you’ll generally end up with the wrong answers. That was the White Star cruise line...
07/30/2016
Parenting is never an easy job — and, unfortunately, it can be especially difficult if you’re doing it on your own. As a single parent, you face many challenges, not the least of which are the financial ones. But by following the suggestions below,...
07/30/2016
The days of working for the same company for thirty years and retiring with a gold watch and a pension, for most, are long gone. Chances are you will find yourself changing jobs a number of times over the course of your career — either by choice or...
07/30/2016
In a day and age when budgets for the state of Louisiana’s colleges and universities are often filled with uncertainty, stability is crucial. And stability is something that has been severely lacking for years at Grambling State University. On...
07/29/2016
In my house, our spare room is a library. While it may be counterproductive to having extended-stay guests, it works for us. Shelves line the three walls that are not taken up by a large sliding glass door, and on those shelves are books with topics...
07/28/2016
Mariuntaye Buggs has the right attitude in life. The 14-year-old Grambling resident, who goes by “Taye,” said the key to a successful life is never giving up. “You won’t get anywhere in life if you give up,” he said confidently. “That’s just the way...
07/27/2016
For more than 40 years, I’ve listened to police scanners 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s a practice I picked up from my Great Aunt Betty. Aunt Betty lived alone in a second story apartment in an older section of Shreveport. The voices coming from the...