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Columns

07/29/2011
Life is short, and you never really know what will happen five minutes from now. I was reminded of that earlier this week in an all too painful way. Monday started off to be a good day for me. I’m usually off of work on Monday but had to come in to...
07/29/2011
The young man from Norway with the chiseled blond good looks of a movie star, a Nordic god, who brutally slaughtered 76 innocent human beings, many of them children, claimed he was some kind of “crusader.” It took the police 90 minutes to arrive on...
07/29/2011
The Census Bureau reported last fall that 43 million Americans, one in seven of us, were poor. But what is poverty in America? The most recent government data show more than half of the families defined as poor by the Census Bureau now have a...
07/28/2011
When some women seek a relationship they join clubs, attend social events or ask friends to set them up. Others browse dating or social networking websites.
07/27/2011
It was Saturday, and my fingers were a bloody mess. All week, after school, and since sunrise, I had been picking cotton for a neighbor. In spite of the hard rocky ground, stinging nettles, plus the pain an ol’ cotton burr could inflict on one’s...
07/27/2011
It’s hot, very hot. Football is too far away. Congress is acting like an unsupervised asylum.
07/26/2011
A great opportunity awaits Louisiana residents when they attend the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit in Oak Grove this year from Aug. 9-11 at the Jason Lingo Center. This program is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi...
07/26/2011
(Last week I began a series concerning what some call planning for the end or “estate planning.” I prefer to call this “life planning.” After all, these concepts are a part of a different stage of life. I cannot overemphasize that these types of...
07/25/2011
With the excessive heat wave this area has been experiencing, people should be aware of the dangers of heatstroke. While millions are exposed each year to the danger of intense outdoor heat, some are unprepared for the risk of a heatstroke....
07/25/2011
So it begins. After four months, the NFL is back in business, just in time to save the start of the 2011 season. And while they’re still not officially back in business until a vote to approve a new collective bargaining agreement later today, it’s...
07/25/2011
Before we ever found out that we were expecting, I can remember waking up three and four times a night due to tossing and turning, going to the bathroom or just plain restlessness. It seems these symptoms are unfortunately returning the further...
07/24/2011
A Sunday morning’s worth of sports items while wondering how any Hall of Fame voter could keep Derek Jeter off of his ballot once the Yankee shortstop becomes eligible for Cooperstown: • The other day, during a media gathering for the GSU Legends...
07/23/2011
I’m sitting at the dining room table where I use my laptop. Son Wesley just passed by on his way upstairs and said, “Go to bed, Mother.” “When did the role reversal happen?” I wondered. I used to tell him to go to bed. When did he decide he was in...
07/23/2011
“Hunky-dory.” That’s how he always answers when asked, “How you doing?” So, being a curious kind of fellow, and having heard the term “hunky-dory” all my life, I decided I wanted to find out where that expression came from. You want to know? Well...
07/23/2011
The Casey Anthony case — is America’s obsession with this case really over? The six-week criminal trial of an Orlando mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, then dumping her lifeless body in a swampy area to decompose just 15 houses...
07/23/2011
Stocks and bonds could probably be considered the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio, and you’ve most likely heard of them before. But beyond just these two basic terms there is a whole world of investment opportunities, and sometimes...
07/23/2011
If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news, day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in...
07/23/2011
Question: I am self-employed as a small business owner. I do not think our business is going to grow dramatically, but our income is consistent. After paying my salary and the expenses of the business, I have just enough to fund my retirement plan....
07/23/2011
It will be one of the most intense races of all time. And probably a little crazy, too. NFL free agency, once the league lockout officially ends and players and owners get back to business, will be a scramble unlike anything ever seen before. A...
07/22/2011
In the last few weeks, Ruston has been buzzing with talk of Ruston Community Theatre’s (RCT) production of “Annie,” which will take place July 28-31 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The play calls for a cast of 34 and a large backstage support...