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02/22/2019
For the Boniols, the USA Channel is pretty much our “go to” when considering television watching. When we turn on the TV, our first stop is typically USA as we look for reruns of some of our favorite shows — “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI,” and “...
02/22/2019
They say if you’ve maintained a friendship for longer than seven years, it’s for life. Luckily for me, my longest friendship has lasted 12 years and is still going strong, which may not seem like a long time, but it is, in my opinion, an impressive...
02/21/2019
For the past few weeks, I’ve been playing a video game for the PlayStation 4 called Persona 5. Stay with me, readers who aren’t game fans. This column won’t primarily be about video games. In Persona 5, the player-character interacts with dozens of...
02/21/2019
The cold came. For 24 hours the temperature never rose above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not so much the absolute low temperature but the duration that matters. One hour of cold is tolerable, 24 hours are not. Forget those blankets, plastic sheets...
02/21/2019
The cold came. For 24 hours the temperature never rose above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not so much the absolute low temperature but the duration that matters. One hour of cold is tolerable, 24 hours are not. Forget those blankets, plastic sheets...
02/20/2019
Although the 2019 election season is in full swing already, let’s not leave 2018 behind just yet. Because in the Louisiana “new mayor” category, Grambling State University came out a big winner. Two GSU alums and one former student are about six...
02/19/2019
I receive a steady stream of missives from teachers, ex-teachers, and other folks who have insider knowledge of America’s schools. They all say the same thing —classroom discipline is falling apart and has been for some time — and ask the same...
02/19/2019
Have you showered with a friend this month? Or celebrated the periodic table? Or the toothache? No? Well, then you’ve missed observing three of the “national days” that February boasts. Not to worry, though. Tell a Fairy Tale Day is coming up Feb....
02/15/2019
You may have heard the rule of thumb that you need to replace about 80 percent of your preretirement income if you want to maintain your current lifestyle when you retire. But like many rules of thumb, that advice is much too general for most people...
02/15/2019
Question: I am in sales related to the oil and gas industry and I am frankly worried about how this next year will play out for me. How do I set positive goals related in light of possible negative circumstances? Answer: Preparation can always be...
02/15/2019
Life coaches — not surprisingly — strive to improve the quality of life of their clients. And financial professionals essentially embrace the same mission. So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some “coaching”...
02/15/2019
In the midst of a “national emergency” and his battle for a border wall, President Donald Trump might have a bigger fight on his hands coming up later this month — one potentially much more dangerous than the current internal war being waged. Trump...
02/15/2019
As we scroll through our social networking news feeds, we all see the same things: an overload of baby photos, a meme or two and an abundance of statuses sharing opinions. These statuses span a variety of topics, from social injustices to political...
02/15/2019
Our neighborhood was so middle class it looked like an artist’s rendering of 1960s Anytown, USA. Ten houses on our block, each one home to at least a family of four with a stay-at-home mom. It was pretty much the same in every direction around our...
02/14/2019
When political policy of any sort is the topic, I’m not usually one to die on a hill. Sure, I have opinions, but those opinions are tempered by my Biblical worldview that sinful man will always find a way to abuse any policy from any political...
02/14/2019
Dear Rusty: My wife is 63 and I’m 55. I’ve been the breadwinner for 37 years and draw almost $2,000 per month tax free from VA disability for life. I’m also still working until I’m 60 or 62, not sure yet, and will have a pension of about $1,900 per...
02/13/2019
At the end of every Ruston Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Ronny Walker thanks residents for coming and participating in “your city government.” Walker is big on accessibility. His cell phone number is printed on his business card. He even makes it...
02/12/2019
Before the bulldozer came, it was a wonderful place to play. It had tall grass that I could stomp down to hide from my imaginary foes. One day I looked across the street and it was gone. I asked Mama why Fort Randy now had wood frames and fill dirt...
02/12/2019
As regards nearly every public policy topic these days, myths abound, but few mythologies rival that of public education. A sample: Myth: Smaller classrooms promote better learning.
02/08/2019
As National Signing Day for college football rolled around on Wednesday, three Bearcats got their shot to move on to the next level. Standout tight end/left tackle Ray Parker signed with LSU while defensive back Dontay Jackson and offensive lineman...