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11/14/2014
Americans are pretty generous — in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey. And now that we’re entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your key...
11/14/2014
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...
11/14/2014
Brrrrrrr! It’s cold! I went to bed in 70-degree comfort and woke up in the 30s. Crazy Texas weather. Daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, comes every week on Tuesday to lunch and go to our Bible study here. Afterwards, we have a while to do whatever and...
11/14/2014
It’s sad that women have an entire month dedicated to recognizing their achievements. African-Americans have the same luxury, as do those of Hispanic heritage. But what about the men and women who have made it possible for these commemorative months...
11/13/2014
Many of you know I used to teach. Even though I only did it for one year, I learned quickly that a good teacher not only connects with his or her students on a psychological level, but an emotional level as well, which is why you hear so many...
11/12/2014
I’m not a big fan of holidays. About the only thing they’ve got going for them is a day off from work — sometimes. In the news business, holidays typically mean more assignments to get done in less time: seasonal stories to write, special events to...
11/12/2014
One of the main concerns that has been at the forefront of many peoples’ minds and the reason for a number of contacts, calls, emails and text messages, has been the issues concerning the Office of Group Benefits. As I have said countless times, the...
11/11/2014
Have you ever had one of those moments when you have done something for so long that you don’t give it a second thought and then suddenly what you have been doing becomes one of those situations that could turn into a very serious problem? That...
11/10/2014
For the second year in a row, dozens of men in this community are demonstrating courage and conviction when it comes to abuse within families. Doctors and farmers, mechanics and professors are joining together to take a stand against dating violence...
11/10/2014
It’s coming — the big chill. A cold front is expected to move through the area on Tuesday, knocking area temperatures down into the 20s by Wednesday night into Thursday morning. While Mother Nature and Jack Frost have flirted with Lincoln Parish a...
11/09/2014
November has kicked off and that means two things: 1: College football’s regular season is in the stretch run. 2: The World Series is over. And for both of the above, all I can add is “too bad” because for all of us who love sports, we will be...
11/08/2014
Sometimes I recall my days on the athletic bench. never first team. I was a bench warmer. Sometimes I might get in the game appreciating the coach’s generosity.
11/08/2014
Piles of delicious treats — including stacks of Halloween candy left behind by a lack of trick-or-treaters — make this season a newly healthy person’s nightmare. Sure, one understands on an intellectual level that Thanksgiving without pecan pie is...
11/08/2014
While summer vacations and national holidays typically provide a break for everyone who would be considered a member of the working public, there is one big break ahead that’s a priority on most everyone’s calendar — retirement. And while it may be...
11/08/2014
Mary Williams and I call each other weekly. She was such a good neighbor and I still miss her. Plus, she is a friend I cherish. Through her I can keep up somewhat with what is happening in Ruston. However, the Ruston Daily Leaders I get each week...
11/07/2014
More than 13 years have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, when the forever-iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell to the pavement in Manhattan after two hijacked planes crashed into each one. I can still see the impact each plane...
11/07/2014
In recent weeks there was a man, Michael Pozzi, walking coast to coast to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide. Mental illness is a peculiar thing. According to the National Association for Mental Illness, one in four Americans experiences...
11/06/2014
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about Grambling State University. Aside from knowing it’s one of the more popular Historically Black Colleges and Universities and that it’s always been a few miles down Interstate 20 from Ruston, my...
11/05/2014
About three weeks before Tuesday’s election, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech’s Student Government Association held a mayoral forum the organizations hoped would clearly differentiate the two candidates. It didn’t. Both Bill...
11/04/2014
Insects have always been an integral component of nature and in the garden which can be defined as a humanly contrived artificial construct of plants from all over the world, there are insects which are viewed as good, bad or indifferent. The cold...