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10/19/2016
This is a bit disconcerting: Chances are, people who are not U.S. citizens will vote in the Nov. 8 election. And neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton nor the Russians are to blame. This time, that wicked finger of disgust and distrust can’t even...
10/17/2016
While deciding “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” I faced a quandary. Should I concentrate on working with words — or with paint? Be a writer — or an artist? Funny. I ended up being a writer who married an artist. Around 17 years old, I decided...
10/15/2016
Beginning with 2013 graduates, the Louisiana Department of Education mandated that all students must take the ACT as part of graduation requirements and that these test scores be used when determining school accountability. This includes non-...
10/15/2016
I grew up in the midst of the first Cold War. And now I’m starting to wonder if my youngest daughter isn’t growing up in the midst of what is seemingly becoming Cold War II. After the end of World War II and the 1947 signing of the Truman Doctrine,...
10/14/2016
I love a good story. Whether in books, movies, video games or comics, a well-told story can draw me into it until I almost believe it’s real. Part of my passion for stories comes from the idea that the good ones, no matter how fantastical, convey...
10/14/2016
As the curtain rose on the opening night of the Ruston Community Theatre’s production of “You Can’t Take It With You,” I was excited to see the reaction of the crowd. RCT, in my opinion, has always put on excellent performances, some of the best I’...
10/13/2016
The Port City Classic in 2010 to this day still remains one of the best football games I ever attended. Grambling State and Louisiana Tech Universities went toe-to-toe against each other for 60 minutes of pure, unapologetic football in Independence...
10/12/2016
Heads up Soho, New York; Taos, New Mexico; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and every other place that prides itself as an artist mecca. You have company: Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. That’s right, this place in the Piney Hills of North Central Louisiana...
10/11/2016
It’s that time of the year when I start to hear people say that it’s time for the leaves to turn brown and no color in the flower beds, but that’s not necessarily true. There are many ways to bring color into your fall and winter landscapes by doing...
10/10/2016
It was Nov. 15, 1967. I was in the fifth grade, 12 years old, and living in the small town of Dubach. Unless you factored in the day Bonnie and Clyde barreled through there in the ’30s, nothing much ever happened in Dubach in the way of high crime...
10/08/2016
As one of the more contentious presidential elections continues heating up on a daily basis, many moderates not thrilled with either of the “big party” candidates are left wondering is there truly such a thing as a wasted vote? Often people vote for...
10/07/2016
I am the first one to argue against broad complaints about millenials. It drives me nuts when people say we as a generation are lazy, entitled and oversensitive. However, I do think a lot of young adults could use a lesson in integrity and work...
10/07/2016
One of the best things in life has to be the sound of opening an old book. Growing up surrounded by books, I have loved to read even before I could understand the words on the page. My parents read to me, my big brother read to me and when there was...
10/06/2016
Joshua Mitchell visualizes Lincoln Parish the same way practically every Millennial in the area envisions Lincoln Parish — an oasis for the arts . The Ruston Makers Fair founder was raised in Ruston, amongst the aisles of the Dixie Center for the...
10/05/2016
Congratulations, Ruston. You’re about to be the proud owner of 200 pairs of ice skates. That’s right, ice skates. At the request of the city administration, the Board of Aldermen agreed to spend $64,423 on an artificial ice-skating rink and all the...
10/04/2016
If you drive around my neighborhood you will notice that much of the landscaping includes some of the same plants — round yaupons and light pink sasanqua camellias. When our houses were built in the 1980s, these plants were probably part of the...
10/03/2016
The concept seems odd when I reminisce. As a child, I stood at the kitchen sink, washing my hair (this was pre-shower days), while an idea slowly materialized. If I were to write a book, the theme would be: “You can do anything you want to — if you...
10/02/2016
Question: I just finished a very helpful course on personal finance at my church. The course recommended that I buy term insurance and take the difference between what I pay for term and what I would have paid for a so-called whole life policy and...
10/02/2016
October is Financial Planning Month. And now that you know it’s Financial Planning Month (just in case you didn’t know before), why not take the opportunity to determine if you’re on the right path toward meeting your financial goals? Consider...
10/02/2016
If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships,...