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Columns

09/23/2011
Instead of choosing a career in sales, sometimes I wish that I had gone on to medical school to become a doctor. I don’t think the fact that I spent half my scholastic life on academic probation, and the only science class I ever passed was...
09/23/2011
One of the greatest things about Ruston is that at any given time you can catch an amazing art show. Currently on exhibition at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is “Traditions for the 21st Century — Three Louisiana Realists” with works...
09/22/2011
October is budding right around the corner. Summer is gone and a new season is stirring about, and you can ask any child and they will tell you that it is almost Christmas. Yes, they skip around in search of the perfect Halloween costume....
09/22/2011
In early October there will be a fundraiser at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. The Second Chance 2011 Car, Truck and Bike Show is one of many special events I’ve written about over the last few years. But what has made this particular...
09/22/2011
I like to think that I am a fairly fashionable person. I have always prided myself on not only looking good but being up with current fashion trends. For those who have read my column in the past, I have been blind my whole life, but I always have...
09/21/2011
Imagine a world where the man or woman who was supposed to find the cure for cancer never did, because he was never allowed to read a decent biology book because they had been banned from the school because they taught evolution. Now imagine a world...
09/21/2011
Some members smilingly conceded that “Grandma” Belk started an ongoing “love revival” when she began to attend our small congregation. A recent widow with limited funds, “Grandma” never forgot a birthday, an anniversary, an illness or the loss of...
09/21/2011
Here it is almost the end of September and we are still talking about a lockout. Quite frankly, the fans are tired of hearing about it. Anytime the TV is turned on, you see either player or league owners pointing fingers, claiming that either side...
09/20/2011
Dear EarthTalk: What is “genetic pollution” as it pertains to the bioengineering of animals, fish and plants, and what happens if they cross breed with their wild cousins? — R. Ahearn, Rome, N.Y. Genetically modified organisms are those that have...
09/20/2011
Families at Hico Elementary will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program sponsored by the Lincoln Health Foundation and the LSU AgCenter. On Sept. 29 a Family Nutrition Night will be held at...
09/20/2011
A writer once penned: “If we cannot learn from history, from what or whom can we learn?” As I wrote this past weekend, having more than just a slight interest in the Civil War, knowing that we are remembering the 150-year mark of the conflict that...
09/19/2011
One of the perks of working in this industry is the amazing people that you have the opportunity to meet. My question to readers is simple: Have you had the opportunity to meet someone who is so utterly passionate about what they are trying to...
09/19/2011
The question of the day: Why do today’s parents have more problems with obedience than their grandparents ever thought possible? Since obedience requires that a child (a) clearly and correctly perceives that his parents are providing for him the...
09/18/2011
A Sunday’s morning worth of notes, observations and our two cents worth on the sports world: • Be patient with Nick Isham. I realize Saturay night’s 35-34 loss to Houston was tough to swallow, but he’s going to be just fine when it’s all said and...
09/17/2011
Almost 45 years ago, I along with several more black students began a journey that was supposed to change education in Lincoln Parish for all children — black and white. A group of black parents, of which my father was one, decided they were going...
09/17/2011
Sometime many moons ago, my mom and dad decided they’d do something that would one day mess with the mind of their eldest son, who happens to be yours truly. They decided to have me in late March. I’m sure it never crossed their minds way back then...
09/17/2011
If you’re a woman who owns a business, you’ve got plenty of company. In fact, women own more than 10 million U.S. companies, and women-owned businesses account for about 40 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S., according to the Center for...
09/17/2011
With the pace of higher-education costs rising faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), it’s easy to understand why saving enough money to fund a child’s college education has become a financial challenge for many parents and grandparents...
09/17/2011
Question: Twenty years ago I started a business. As a result of luck and hard work, it grew beyond my wildest expectations. One of my suppliers offered to buy me out and I took the deal. Now I am sitting around with a pile of money and nothing to do...
09/16/2011
Did you ever have a complete change of plans for your day, wake up and everything goes South? I think it happens to everyone. With me, I often get sidetracked with something I prefer doing and letting the important stuff slide. But who is to say...