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Columns

09/29/2017
Since we began publishing what we call our “Pink Paper” — a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month — I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of women who fought for their lives against cancer. They were beyond inspirational. With October...
09/28/2017
Ask anyone in America and they will know the distance to a football field — 100 yards. Now take that knowledge and apply it to Louisiana coastal wetland loss. The state loses the equivalent to a football field of coastal wetlands every 38 minutes....
09/27/2017
Faith and spirituality can be very helpful components of someone’s recovery from mental illness. A place of worship is often a safe place for people, where they can feel welcomed and have an instant sense of support and community. For many...
09/27/2017
As a young girl, my mother collected stamps. She had 1-cent stamps, 2-cent stamps and stamps from countries that don’t exist anymore. For a while, I tried to keep up her hobby, but eventually gave our collection to a friend who was a serious...
09/26/2017
It’s about that time that we will start seeing signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” In reality the sign should read, “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the...
09/25/2017
I was born in 1993. Each living generation has a name, and I am lucky enough to have been born in the time that would dub me a “millennial.” According to the Pew Research Center, people born between 1981 and 1997 are considered millennials. Being a...
09/25/2017
About this time each year the fine people of my hometown of Dubach gather in the streets of downtown to throw a big party in homage to the great bird that for so many years has brought local prosperity to our town — the chicken. A few years back; I...
09/23/2017
It’s a problem Louisiana legislators simply aren’t used to, at least not in recent years. Year and year the state has faced budget deficits, often facing midyear cuts in the process. Not this year. The quandry facing legislators now is how to spend...
09/23/2017
Today, women are playing an ever-increasing role in making important financial decisions —whether for themselves or for their families. While many of the basic rules of investing hold true for all investors, some life events affect women...
09/23/2017
Question: I am a reasonably successful professional who enjoys his work. I saw my father save and scrimp, only to die less than one year after he retired. It was such a waste. I am determined not to be that way. I do not ever plan to retire. My...
09/23/2017
If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time — which means you might want...
09/22/2017
Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer told him he wasn’t big enough or fast enough or good enough to play college football in the Southeastern Conference. Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins leaned across Brewer’s desk and said, “If you give me a chance, coach...
09/22/2017
Simply put, they saved lives. With each name called during Tuesday’s early morning hours, a second chance for life was given to area shelter animals. More than 100 dogs and 30 cats were selected to be a part of a transportation project that would...
09/21/2017
Making friends in my first year at Louisiana Tech University proved somewhat challenging. The challenge was not so much meeting people, but rather finding common interest with folks who were happy to know there were “two Taco Bells in Ruston.” My...
09/20/2017
It’s often a bit perilous to single out a particular company, even for doing something good. Because, chances are somebody will want an equal slice of the glory. But in the case of Priority Health Group, the risk seems worth it. PHG is the Bossier...
09/19/2017
The Lincoln Parish School System exists to “make good things happen for other people — here, now, and for those who will come after us.” We truly believe that the more we give the more enjoyment we receive. As a district we embrace the concept of...
09/19/2017
As you evaluate your garden at the end of summer and plan for changes you want to make next year, I hope you will plan to allow your garden to become wilder. How is a messier garden a good thing, you may ask? Because it welcomes wildlife such as...
09/18/2017
Editors Note: This is the second of a two part series on Collaboration is the Key. In Part I of my column about DART’s 17th Annual Collaboration is the Key training conference, I described the first part of the day, in which participants learned...
09/18/2017
Bugs are on everyone’s mind these days. Love bugs, that is. But another bug has recently ensnared my thoughts: the wondrous lightning bug. Almost everyone of a certain age possesses firefly memories — recollections of those magical creatures that...
09/18/2017
A few weeks ago, my dad sent my brother and I a text saying he was mailing us two devices that were to be put in our vehicles to determine whether we were safe drivers for insurance purposes. Now, I like to think of myself as a safe driver. I was in...