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Columns

03/01/2014
On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements. Yet women everywhere still face challenges — and here in the United States, one of their biggest challenges may be to gain the...
02/28/2014
Well, you will never believe the things that have been happening to me this week. I am temporarily a resident in an assisted living place that is amazing. One of my friends said it was comparable to a 5-star hotel. Believe it or not, it is within...
02/28/2014
I would like to take this opportunity to express some concerns of mine as a student and soon to be alumnus. My initial intent was to voice concerns for the political science Department towards administration in the form of a letter in efforts to...
02/28/2014
Earlier this month President Barack Obama was noted for commenting the G.I. Bill fell under the same umbrella as welfare programs, and those who utilized it were no different. He received national attention for this statement and I’m willing to bet...
02/28/2014
Take it from someone who knows, Lincoln Parish Schools have got it going on. I’ve only been in this parish a few weeks. I came from Union Parish, so I still feel like the outsider looking in, and when I see everything going on with the school system...
02/28/2014
You know that exercise is good for you because it helps you maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, sleep better and increase your energy level. The great thing is that activity does the same for your pets. Not only will exercise help them live...
02/28/2014
My mother despised bad weather. Severe thunderstorms, ice storms, even ominous skies sent her into a dither, and usually also straight to the grocery store to load up on provisions. Truth be known, I think Mama was afraid of bad weather. Maybe she...
02/25/2014
I was driving through town last week and saw a gentleman spreading fertilizer on a lawn. I realize we hit temperatures in the 70s, but I’m thinking to myself that it’s way too early to be putting out fertilizer for any of our lawn grasses.
02/25/2014
The warmer weather has stirred-up many gardeners. Most have been patiently waiting for this time of year, a real chance to get some soil under the fingernails. Planting roses now is a way to diversify a landscape. Today, there are more than 6,000...
02/24/2014
One of the best things about living in Lincoln Parish is the way people here tend to look out for one another, and that showed again Saturday as the sounds of music danced through the air of downtown Ruston. Musicians, and fans of all things musical...
02/22/2014
Death and taxes. Like it or not, they are part of everyone’s time on this earth. I’ve been reminded of that since this year began. Seldom has a day gone by when some type of notice dealing with the annual (and dreaded) tax deadline of April 15 hasn’...
02/22/2014
If ever I have shared any thought that might in any way sound critical toward the efficiency of our government, certainly that must have been a mistake. We all know that our government at all levels is most efficient. Now I wish to again point out...
02/22/2014
Last week I was on my way to the scene of a car crash, one of my least favorite tasks, when I received a call and was alerted to something else interesting going on in the parish. After snapping some pictures, and sending positive thoughts up for...
02/22/2014
It’s a good thing to have some savings. When you put the money in a low-risk account, you can be pretty sure it will be readily available when you need it. Nonetheless, “saving” is not “investing” — and knowing the difference could pay off for you...
02/22/2014
Question: As I look back over the last few years, I must have made every investment mistake in the book. Some of the things I have tried were very popular at the time, but eventually proved to be wrong. How do I keep from making more of these (...
02/22/2014
Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors...
02/22/2014
So much has happened this month, and yet nothing has happened. I say that because many of my plans got canceled when I went to the hospital, yet again, but life has not been dull. I truly have a full and interesting life going, but sometimes it gets...
02/22/2014
For Valentine’s Day, our family received several heart balloons filled with helium. While they initially floated briskly to the ceiling, the air has begun to leak out, and they do not float as high as they once did. Much like the helium that keeps...
02/21/2014
Ruston Community Theatre, one of NCLAC’s partners here at the Dixie Center for the Arts, will have on-stage action next week with its production of “Same Time, Next Year,” a romantic comedy by playwright Bernard Slade.
02/21/2014
I recently read a true story about an older widower who was looking through a family trunk and just now found a handwritten poem titled “Just One More Day.” The piece was written more than 30 years ago just days before his wife died after a...