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Columns

02/11/2015
How do you forget that the helicopter in which you were riding was not shot down by Iraqi ground fire? If that sentence sounds a bit convoluted, so is the thought. But that’s exactly what NBC News anchor Brian Williams would have us believe. That...
02/10/2015
On the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my pastor, James Skinner, stood up at the end of our church service. “I want to make an announcement that I am ashamed to admit I have never made before, during all my years of ministry,” he said. “I...
02/09/2015
Let me tell you about a high school couple I once knew. She was a cheerleader, he was an athlete. She was cute, funny and well-liked. He was handsome, outgoing and popular. He was also extremely charming. When they began to date and he was invited...
02/09/2015
Higher Education administrators in Louisiana are breathing a little easier, at least for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal released a list of proposed cuts and one-time fixes last week to try and close a more than $103 million midyear deficit while also adding...
02/07/2015
Not all books can gain the popularity of the Harry Potter series or “The Hunger Games,” but that doesn’t mean literary lovers shouldn’t give them a try. If you’re anything like me, perhaps sometimes you get stuck in a rut — seemingly reading...
02/06/2015
Heroes are defined not by what they do for you personally, but instead what they do for the greater good of all. I recently had the pleasure of talking with someone with more wisdom and years behind them than I could possibly hope to gain and live...
02/05/2015
This feeling only happens on a few occasions. Some may feel it more than others, and some may go a whole lifetime unable to feel its sensation. It can only be described as one that sucks the life out of you, yet gives you more life than you’ve ever...
02/04/2015
Thank you, Gov. Jindal. First, you dismantled Louisiana’s charity health care system; next, you messed up elementary and secondary education with Common Core; then you lopped the legs of higher education with yet more budget cuts. You’ve labeled...
02/03/2015
Driskill Mountain, named after James Christopher Driskill, is the highest natural summit in Louisiana. I learned that in my seventh grade Louisiana History class. That’s also where I learned that my home state had been shopped around a little before...
02/02/2015
February — still in the grasp of winter’s hand, but with an added sense of freshness and a feeling of impending birth, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil might say. It’s a wonderful time of the year, and fitting to start the annual March of Dimes...
02/01/2015
I figured Ernie Banks would never die. Not “Mr. Cub.” Not the unofficial ambassador of baseball or the eternal optimist. Not the always smiling, always upbeat native of Dallas who became one of the game’s greatest players as a shortstop for the...
01/31/2015
Tom Pearson and Larry Reynolds have something in common. Pearson is meteorologist for KNOE TV in Monroe; Reynolds is waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Both are charged with making predictions. When...
01/31/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two part series on “Declining days of our society.” Last week I presented comments on the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court concerning “same sex marriages.” This continues.
01/31/2015
The title of Clint Eastwood’s 2012 film pretty much sums things up ... sometimes we just have “trouble with the curve.” Certainly no one can dispute the fact that life is going to throw us curves. It’s inevitable. And no matter how well you handle...
01/31/2015
According to Code.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color, Louisiana has 3,014 open...
01/31/2015
Many factors will affect your results as an investor — and some of these factors are beyond your control, such as interest-rate movements or the Eurozone debt crisis or the sales results of the companies in which you invest. However, as you work...
01/31/2015
Many women end up managing their finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many of them get involved with financial matters is during a crisis, such as a spouse’s death or divorce. We’ve prepared a list of thought-...
01/31/2015
Have you ever had a heavy heart, but comforted at the same time? I just hung up the phone with my friend, Erma Hudson, who called to tell me that my dear, dear friend, Ethel Stone, had died. It was sad for me, yet a comfort to remember what a...
01/31/2015
Cancer. It is the plague of our times. Possibly every one of us has been affected by cancer whether we have had it or know a friend or family member who has suffered from it. It hits people of every culture, race, age and gender, and it shows up to...
01/30/2015
Several months back I wrote a column about vaccines and the flu shot, and I received some feedback from the community. This feedback spanned from how I needed to get the flu vaccine and even challenged me to be able to name individuals who had been...