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Columns

10/19/2014
By now, it’s become as much a part of sporting events as tailgating and halftime acts. Hardly does anyone give a second thought to it or, for that matter, voice their dismay over the latest “new” shenanigans. I am referring to the celebrations that...
10/19/2014
Jackson and Lincoln Parishes were the sites of my first visits with wounded warriors. I was only a child born 5 years after WWII. I started a learning process watching a World War II veteran caring for the wounded. I saw for the first time people...
10/19/2014
I took driver’s education more than 13 years ago. Still, when presented with a multiple choice question asking me if 10 and 2 or 3 and 9 was the appropriate hand position for driving, I confidently chose 10 and 2. Amazingly, according to the test, I...
10/19/2014
Tom and I recently celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. In doing so we had the absolute thrill of not only spending that special day in one of our favorite place — Memphis, Tennessee — but also seeing a musical legend in concert. And no, Elvis...
10/19/2014
It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered quickly. But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may...
10/19/2014
Question: I started my own business a few years ago. I did very well last year, but my CPA just told me about what I was going to owe in taxes — I am in shock. I do not have the money as I have reinvested it in my business. My wife knows nothing...
10/19/2014
You won’t see it on the calendar, and it doesn’t inspire any greeting cards, but National Save for Retirement Week is here again. The goal of this week is self-explanatory, but what does it mean to you? Are you vulnerable to the possibility of...
10/19/2014
How does one measure the worth of running back Kenneth Dixon to Louisiana Tech University’s football team this season? Take your pick. On the ground, where his talent shines the brightest, he’s gained 519 yards and averaged exactly 5.0 yards every...
10/18/2014
This is my second attempt to do my column on a new computer, which I know practically nothing about. When they changed the format on Facebook, I had to quit using it — it was just too confusing for me. Evidently, learning new technology is...
10/17/2014
After posting a few photos from the recent Waste Isolation Pilot Project Training and Exercise to Facebook, it dawned on me that many people were unaware of what was actually going on. Many people were in awe that something such as the prepared...
10/17/2014
Looking back, I can’t remember who drove the green dump truck or what day it came by, but we were always watching out for it and the brown paper bag of Super Bubble he kept in a paper sack on the seat. If you caught him in time, he’d hand a piece...
10/16/2014
Common Core has been one of the most controversial subjects to ever darken the doors of education. In fact, in my lifetime it may be the most controversial. I have written numerous columns where I played the antagonist to its standards, but after...
10/15/2014
I’d never signed a petition before. It just didn’t seem like the right thing for a reporter to do, no matter how worthy the cause. But several weeks ago when a fellow downtown worker walked into the office seeking signatures on a petition asking...
10/15/2014
The Office of Group Benefits situation has been prevalent in the news lately. I have talked to many people concerning this and I know, based upon my personal knowledge, that there is much fright, fear and anger. I will attempt to tell you where we...
10/14/2014
I’ve received a few phone calls this week asking about the need and importance of winterizing lawns. It’s true; lawn winterizing products have been on the shelves of lawn care centers for a month or more now. For warm-season lawns, the term “...
10/14/2014
The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association will sponsor two educational, landscaping opportunities for area residents this month. The Annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and a Fall Floral Workshop are designed to utilize the resources of the...
10/13/2014
October is here, and with it comes pumpkins, cool air and the glorious fall colors of russet, gold, and red. But at DART, October has a completely different meaning. October is the month of awareness. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month...
10/13/2014
It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so. And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well. Common Core state standards is what the talk...
10/12/2014
Over the span of 50 years, a sportswriter can deal with a variety of interviews from a myriad of subjects. Such has been our good fortune with the Ruston Daily Leader. No telling who might be the next athlete or coach on our question-and-answer list...
10/11/2014
I first saw this on the backroads of Lincoln and Jackson parishes. The warriors were the brave Veterans. On these backroads as a young child I was a passenger riding with one of them. We traveled at night, seemingly always during a hot or freezing...