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Columns

06/02/2017
If you take the driveway less traveled off of a small roadway out in the parish, you will discover one of the hidden gems of Lincoln Parish — the studio and home of Douglas Walton. Just like a comfortable, warm museum, Walton’s home is covered in...
06/01/2017
Lincoln Parish trio and best friends Henry Futch, Dan Lindsey and Nicholas Slusher grew up side-by-side since they played together on the t-ball field as young boys. Now grown men, the three will go on their separate ways geographically, but stay...
05/31/2017
The new phone book arrived the other day — what there is of it. The 2017 AT&T “Real Yellow Pages,” which also includes the white pages for Ruston, Arcadia, Bienville, Choudrant, Dubach, Gibsland, Grambling, Ringgold and Simsboro, is exactly one-...
05/30/2017
Rude is a four-letter word. We often tell our children to not be rude, but do they really know what rude behavior is? I am hopeful that none of these applies to you or your children. (1) Telling racist or ethnic jokes is rude. (2) Using four-...
05/30/2017
I get a lot of calls this time of the year about poorly growing lawns. Many times when I take a look at the situation it appears that improper mowing may be the issue. Most of us don’t think about mowing until a little free time on the weekend comes...
05/27/2017
Another year, another million-dollar or more hit to taxpayers. It’s become a regular way of life for Louisiana taxpayers in recent years. But that doesn’t make that fact right.
05/27/2017
One hundred thousand. Whether this number is expected, routine, small, large or gigantic obviously depends upon circumstances. If one were looking at the budget of the federal government, or any level of government for that matter, the number is...
05/27/2017
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...
05/27/2017
Question: Are young people managing to stay out of debt any better than their parents did? Our kids only use debit cards and worked their way through college. I sometimes think they do so well because they saw us struggle so much with debt over the...
05/27/2017
If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean? For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment...
05/27/2017
Frank Sinatra was right. New York, New York. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. How true. Just as it is with this little-known observation: if you are a sports fanatic looking to set up residence in Louisiana, you couldn’t go wrong...
05/27/2017
Recently, I was driving over some old familiar territory, Highway 156 between Creston and Goldonna. A couple of miles out of Creston, there is a high hill but before the hill, there is an area where the road dips low for a few hundred yards. I...
05/27/2017
Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served, and sacrificed. The idea of...
05/26/2017
I can remember the marble wall was cold to the touch as I ran my fingers over the names of those engraved there. The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is just one of many monuments that stands today as a reminder of those we have lost through...
05/25/2017
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the city of Ruston, murals and bulldog sculptures will help write the beginning sentences of the thousand-word opus that is the community. The chain reaction began when the...
05/24/2017
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that often...
05/24/2017
Doing business at Ruston’s City Hall is about to get a little harder. Not that the folks who work there don’t want help constituents; they do. In fact, the changes that in the works started all the in name of making it easier for utility customers...
05/23/2017
Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who fought and those who died defending the democracy of our great nation. If you run into any of our troops, please stop to thank them and say a prayer for them as they go on their way. Flag etiquette...
05/23/2017
Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops that will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime? The LSU AgCenter, Area Nutrition agent, Cathy Judd and volunteers will present “Cooking...
05/22/2017
At a recent charity event in Ruston benefitting the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, as the father of a victim of child sexual abuse; I was asked to give my testimony. Here are my remarks: For the next five minutes, I’d like to speak to you about what...