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Columns

09/17/2014
Grambling State University celebrates Founder’s Day in September each year. The institution recalls its historical roots when the North Louisiana Colored Agricultural Relief Association contacted Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute for...
09/17/2014
One thing is for certain: When the Nov. 4 primary is over, Ruston will have a new mayor. But that’s old news. What’s not so certain is what is going to happen in the four contested board of aldermen races. Only District 3 Aldermen Jedd Lewis escaped...
09/16/2014
When I began gardening in the early 1970s, I was introduced to a seemingly revolutionary term called “organic gardening.” Of course this way of gardening, as I soon discovered, was not new as it had been practiced for many years throughout the...
09/16/2014
Fall is almost here and it’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from there yards. It’s...
09/15/2014
Simply put, these are trying times. It’s a tough position to be in, but it’s where we are and where we’ll be for quite some time. The crux of the problem is ISIS, the terrorist organization that controls a proto-state in huge swaths of Syria and...
09/13/2014
We are only three games deep into the 2014 college football season, but there are already some questions to be answered by Lincoln Parish collegiate teams. Here are some of them: WHO’S AT QB, TECH VERSION?: Until further notice, it will be Cody...
09/13/2014
He’s made it to the very top of the football mountain (Super Bowl). He’s been chosen to the ultimate all-star team in his profession (Pro Bowl). He’s signed a lucrative contract that should make future years bright for him and his family. But for...
09/13/2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should be fired. I think of so many words: crime, disgust, hypocrisy. This stinks. Do you know that we the fans and patrons of products pay his salary of more than $44 million a year? Do you know that the NFL is...
09/13/2014
Today is my birthday, and at the time I write this I can only hope that I’m not spending it like I did last year. Through this column, I’ve raised awareness about diabetes, migraines, gluten intolerance and several other health issues. Unfortunately...
09/13/2014
Question: I grew up poor. I was the first in my family to attend college and I have a comfortable income. But I have never forgotten my roots. I tend to be very, very cautious with my money. Do you think this holds me back? Answer: It could. But it...
09/13/2014
It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three to six months’ worth of...
09/13/2014
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
09/12/2014
God is so good, He’s so good to me. I know that is the first line of a children’s chorus, but it expresses my sentiments right now. Have you ever had such a great experience that you keep replaying it in your mind? That is what is happening with me...
09/12/2014
The hashtag #WhyIStayed has gone viral not just on Twitter, but in the various multimedia venues around the world. The prompting of this hashtag came after TMZ released a daunting video of the former Ravens’ NFL player Ray Rice’s February attack on...
09/11/2014
When it comes to foreign policy, things can get a little sticky. We, as Americans, want to protect the innocent, but I believe saving the world from complete communist domination in 1944, set a tone for our foreign policy today — a tone that, at...
09/10/2014
For the past several days my co-workers and I have been attempting to get in touch with each of the 76 candidates in the 23 races that will be on the Nov. 4 primary ballot. We’re trying to give them the opportunity for a little exposure in the...
09/09/2014
Iris are found in many landscapes, providing graceful flowers in an endless array of brilliant colors. The bold sword shaped foliage is also an excellent contrast to the more traditional or mounded forms of garden plants. There are hundreds of...
09/08/2014
It hasn’t hit in Louisiana — yet — but doctors warn that a respiratory illness that has already sickened more than 1,000 children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem. The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials...
09/06/2014
Our two cents’ worth of opinions and observations on all matters dealing with sports: TECH OMITTED?: Here we are, two games into the 2014 collegiate football season and predictions are already being made for the bowl games. Honest. I am not kidding...
09/06/2014
The Second Amendment follows the First. Sounds silly? Maybe to most, but I don’t think the national news media is aware. (Excluded are journalists “afflicted” with common sense.) It’s toward the top for a reason.