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Columns

01/26/2015
“Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest.” I just read that line in a report called “Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children,” published by UNICEF. It really struck me. I decided to look for more...
01/26/2015
It’s a dangerous and explosive situation too close for comfort for Lincoln Parish residents. The question being asked is “What’s the safest way to remedy the problem?” Just west of Minden sits a ticking time bomb at the site of the old Army...
01/24/2015
Even if you’re independently wealthy, we can all admit that money management isn’t the easiest or most enjoyable task of being an adult. And, unfortunately, if you come from a family that didn’t teach you how to manage money, you’re already leaving...
01/23/2015
I recently read an article that stated there are specific things a person can do if they want to fall in love with anyone. It sparked my interest to say the least — 1. Because I’m already happily married and the thought that someone had falling in...
01/22/2015
Cereal: check. Blanket: check. Living room TV all to my own: check. “DaDaDa, DaDaDa,” the theme song of SportsCenter on ESPN chimed. “What’s up, sports world? My name’s Stuart Scott!” he said once the show started. I watched, eyes wide open with...
01/21/2015
Y2K is here. Fifteen years after the feared turn-of-the-century computer meltdown, the calamity finally arrived in Ruston. Well, 14 years, 11 months and about two weeks after The Great Fear, to be exact. That’s when the computer systems at City Hall...
01/19/2015
There are no easy answers. I understand that. And I’m not worried about blame concerning the matter. The question is, when does the bleeding stop, because if it doesn’t, the eventual result is death. Because of free-falling price of fuel, the state...
01/19/2015
In today’s culture, “stalking” is a term that is tossed about fairly freely, often in a joking manner. My own daughters have kidded me about “Facebook stalking” them, just because I viewed a few of their pictures and made comments. (For heaven’s...
01/18/2015
On paper, there will be a battle among four candidates for the starting quarterback job at Louisiana Tech University this fall. But for all intents and circumstances, that job is Jeff Driskel’s to lose. He is, quote-unquote, the “designated starter...
01/17/2015
Anyone who is a regular reader of my column — or who actually sees me on a semi-regular basis — is aware that I lost a significant amount of weight in 2014. Unfortunately, it’s an almost daily battle between my pragmatism that reminds me that I’m...
01/17/2015
Thousands of people recently flooded Memphis as Graceland rolled out the red carpet to mark what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday. Reports shared that many in attendance had been planning for the day since before the previous birthday...
01/17/2015
More medicine?
01/17/2015
Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be...
01/17/2015
We’ve just begun the new year, but the next academic year is still months away. Nonetheless, if you have a child who will be attending college in the fall, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what might be a vital component of paying for his...
01/17/2015
Question: I have been asked to be part of a group that will guarantee a loan for a business deal. I am naturally risk averse and signing such a deal makes me nervous. Yet I am only one among many in the deal and have plenty of other money. What am I...
01/16/2015
Here I sit in my wheelchair waiting for my church granddaughter, Lori James, to come have lunch with me and give me a manicure. I wish you could meet her. She is a darling girl. Her husband’s name is Bobby James. At their house recently, Bobby...
01/16/2015
New Year’s resolutions typically mean people are hitting the gym, health food stores or trying to kick a bad habit. But for the many who don’t create a resolution, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to better themselves. To me it means that those...
01/15/2015
Fun fact: I am named after Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominoes, and Jimi Hendrix’s chosen first name, James. His birth name was John, but he later changed it to James. Just from the heritage of my name, it’s obvious my father, who was...
01/14/2015
They’re real now. Ruston’s new aldermen, the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge and the new district attorney have all raised their right hands and sworn to uphold the laws of the land and of their respective jurisdictions. They’ve gone to...
01/12/2015
Dallas isn’t that far away from Lincoln Parish when looking at the big picture, and something happening there might be worth watching for consideration in our neck of the woods. Officials in the Dallas area have begun formulating plans to handle a...