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09/03/2016
It is so important to vote. Your vote should carry the same weight as the candidate seeking office. Your vote should be as important as that of any other person in the country. Yet look at our antiquated method of selecting the president. No reader...
09/03/2016
My parents have moved back to town. After more than 45 years of life in the country, they have downsized into a beautiful home just around the corner from us. As they finalized the move, we gathered in what had been our family home to take one last...
09/03/2016
Did you know that National Grandparents Day is only a week away? While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play. If you are a grandparent...
09/03/2016
You may already know where you want to spend your retirement years — a small beachfront town, perhaps, or within the heart of your favorite city. But one thing that tends to escape some soon-to-be retirees’ minds is what that living space will look...
09/03/2016
Question: I always thought that if I could retire with $1 million I would be set. Now that I’m almost there, I can tell I’m not as secure as I thought I would be. In fact, I don’t know if I would feel much different if I had twice as much money....
09/02/2016
The only thing I have ever really been good at is expressing myself through the written word. I was never gifted with beautiful singing voice or talent with an instrument, but I have discovered that there are plenty of people in this parish who are...
09/02/2016
Like a crisp breeze on an autumn morning, change has come whirling through Grambling State University. This change is sweet and crisp like fresh peaches during a scorching summer; savory. GramFam has finally gotten a president that matches their fly...
09/01/2016
Some folks get it and some don’t. Some people like football and some just don’t understand the sport’s appeal — to each his own. I don’t understand how NASCAR fans can watch three hours of automobiles riding in circles, but that’s none of my...
08/31/2016
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part column on treating teens with depression. Treatment The first step in treating your teenager with major depression is to obtain an accurate diagnosis from a health care provider (primary care...
08/31/2016
Both of my grandparents’ houses had front porches. But the one at 452 Columbia St. in Shreveport was my favorite. Maybe that’s because we visited it more often than the one on Milan Street in New Orleans. Or maybe it was because Mamaw’s porch in...
08/30/2016
Forget Porgy and Bess, the words from the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin must have actually been written for gardeners experiencing an August with unexpected rainfall. The living really has been easy. It is such a treat to lazily linger over...
08/29/2016
Last week, I introduced five of this year’s Men Standing Strong Team Leaders: Drake Mills, Gary Stokley, Brian Smith, Clarence Williams, and Wilbert Ellis. Today I will introduce the remaining five leaders. The entire group is an impressive one,...
08/29/2016
Driving through Bastrop, admiring the city’s courthouse while returning from our Sweet Adelines chorus gig in Oak Grove, I saw those infamous, pretty blue lights flashing. “I couldn’t possibly have been speeding,” I thought. But I dutifully pulled...
08/29/2016
For a program long steeped in a tradition of throw and catch, it’s usually a given that either a quarterback or wide receiver will hog the headlines at Louisiana Tech University. From Terry Bradshaw to Tommy Spinks and from Tim Rattay to Troy...
08/28/2016
I kept waiting for Billy Cannon to pull back his chair and leave the table covered with an assortment of items that were a microcosm of his playing career. But he wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. On last Saturday afternoon in Ruston, when the sun finally came...
08/27/2016
Every time I drive down Tech Drive I think of the comedian Leo Gallagher. Yep, the “Sledge-O-Matic” guy who did all the watermelon smashing back in the 1980s. And believe me, at least once I day, I probably feeling like smashing watermelons — or...
08/27/2016
The damage from “the unnamed storm” is still widespread, costly and painful.  It did not “go away” in a week. We did not know the extent of the less-than-week-old flooding as it was discussed before. It was far worse than anyone imagined.
08/27/2016
Graduations, holidays, birthdays, and weddings are just some of the life events that can make us think about large gifts to children and grandchildren. “Often, we want the next and future generations to have a better and easier life than we’ve had...
08/27/2016
Question: I have seen some ads for people that will buy my pension for cash. How do I tell if that is a good deal? I really need some money now and this would come in very handy. Answer: Be very careful. That may be Mr. Potter knocking at your front...
08/27/2016
On Sept. 5 we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there’s a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits — many of which also...