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04/21/2017
As many college students do, I have learned more about others and myself as I spend my time here meeting new people and hearing their opinions and beliefs on different issues. Along with becoming more interested in political and world news, I have...
04/21/2017
Shopping has never been an easy task for me. I dislike shuffling around the aisles searching for the best deal I can get in big-box stores that charge too much for too little. While I will never be able to completely separate myself from such...
04/20/2017
As the 2016-17 school year begins to wind down, seniors at both the high school and collegiate levels should begin to think about what they want to do for their future. That’s a scary realization not only for the student, but also for the students’...
04/19/2017
It was a rough week for health care in Lincoln Parish. First, LifeCare Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana announced it was closing. Employee cutbacks began April 15. Next — the very next day, in fact — Northern Louisiana Medical Center said its...
04/18/2017
First let me start out by saying that wonderful news article last week on “Favorite season finally arrives” was not mine. I did get a lot of compliments. Kathy Davis, an LSU AgCenter Master Gardener, wrote the very informative news article — there...
04/17/2017
On May 4, shoppers at Super 1 Foods in Ruston will see a familiar sight. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, DART staff and supporters will be set up in the front of the store, as we hold our annual Radiothon, broadcast live on the Q, 94.1 FM. For the...
04/17/2017
While enrolled in a college creative writing class, I penned a short fictional piece about a little boy who, in the vernacular, worshipped his father. This boy wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, and literally tried to do that in his parents...
04/15/2017
I realize many people are likely to disagree with me, and I won’t dodge that fact — I’ll face it head on. But I personally disagree with one of the new physical education standards released Saturday by the Louisiana Department of Education. The...
04/15/2017
If you’ve changed jobs a few times over the years or possibly relocated, chances are you’ve left behind a string of retirement and other accounts along the way. This can make your financial life complicated and difficult to manage. More importantly...
04/15/2017
Question: I just started a new job and the HR guy says I should put as much as I can in our 401K plan. He says I won’t miss the money out of my paycheck, but I’ve got some debts I need to get paid off. Besides, I really don’t know anything about...
04/15/2017
On Saturday, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the...
04/14/2017
I believe I speak for majority of the student body here at Louisiana Tech when I say that “adulting” is not a walk in the park for our daily lives. Many of us are full-time students while working, holding positions in organizations, joining new...
04/14/2017
I have always loved the water. Even before I could swim, I had the desire to follow my older brother into its sparkling depths. Because my parents raised my brother and me to have such an affinity for the water, most of our vacations growing up were...
04/13/2017
Maybe it’s our celebrations. Maybe it’s our food. Might even be our water. Whatever the reason, Louisiana set new records in tourism for the fifth consecutive year in a row — one of the only victories the state can be proud of. While no state is...
04/12/2017
What did we do wrong? In the last 12 months, 57 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have been declared major disaster areas. Eighty-five percent of the state’s 4.7 million people live – or lived – in those areas. “Literally all four corners of our state...
04/11/2017
Most of us have waited and wondered for some time now if we were past the cold weather and able to start planting our spring vegetable gardens. On average we have our last frost somewhere around March 28 – April 1. So at this point I feel pretty...
04/10/2017
Imagine, if you will, a group of college football players, tall, large and muscular, taking one wobbling step after another in delicate high-heeled sandals or stiletto pumps. Imagine male engineering and business majors donning sequined evening...
04/10/2017
I’ve been seeing a nutritionist lately to try and lose some weight and get my blood sugar under control. I’ve always taken pride in my knowing what I’m going to die from eating. I always felt sorry for the healthy eaters who can only guess at what...
04/09/2017
It’s the kind of thing that pushes my buttons and keeps me up at night. When United States warships launched a missile attack on a Syrian base suspected of producing sarin nerve gas weaponry Thursday night (our time), I was immediately drawn in,...
04/09/2017
I recently had the pleasure of watching “Hello Dolly!” all over again. Without a doubt, I loved that movie when it first came out in 1969. However, since having the opportunity to perform in the musical along-side Metropolitan Opera and Broadway...