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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...
02/08/2019
To say the financial markets were a bit bumpy in 2018 may be an understatement. The S&P 500 was down 6.2 percent for the year, the first time this key index fell since 2008, during the financial crisis. So what can you anticipate in 2019? And...
02/08/2019
Beneficiary designations can provide a relatively easy way to transfer an account or insurance policy upon your death. However, if you’re not careful, missing or outdated beneficiary designations can easily cause your estate plan to go awry. We...
02/08/2019
Question: A few weeks ago you addressed the financial needs of someone in their 20s. That was me 10 years ago. But now I’m married with children, a mortgage, a bunch of bills and I just feel like I’m on a treadmill at work. Got any financial tips...
02/08/2019
My love and respect for Eddie Robinson goes back to being a child of parents from Lincoln and Jackson parishes and growing up in New Orleans. Part of my weekend routine during football season would be watching the Grambling Football Highlights Show...
02/08/2019
We recognize the month of February for a variety of reasons. With only 28 days, the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar wears many hats. February has been dubbed by many as the month of love because of its 14th day, Valentine’s Day. It is the...
02/08/2019
Someone asked a month or so ago if I was having more mental health issues, as in another stroke. Other than the micro strokes that are now part of my daily existence, I said there had been no major flare-ups. “Well then, we must be close to the...
02/07/2019
Last week, almost on a whim, I decided to attend a “Race Talk” at the Louisiana Tech Wesley Foundation after seeing a flyer about it. Apparently the Wesley has been holding a recurring series of conversations on various aspects of racism in America...
02/07/2019
Parenting is one of the most challenging jobs. The scary thing is we don’t see immediate results in the fruits of our labors. We don’t just parent for today — we parent for years down the road. When we have respectful, thoughtful, kind, self-reliant...
02/06/2019
There’s going to be a new sheriff in town. After 16 years as the parish’s top cop, Mike Stone is retiring. But he isn’t leaving just yet. Though a new sheriff will be elected this fall, Stone’s successor won’t take office until July 1, 2020. That’s...
02/05/2019
In the 1989 film, “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella was walking through his cornfield when he heard a voice whispering, “If you build it, he will come.” You know the movie, Ray builds a baseball field and Shoeless Joe Jackson and his teammates from...
02/05/2019
After noticing two missed calls from the office of my new — well, truthfully, my very first — primary care physician, I became concerned. One call would seem to be fairly routine, but two might mean the nurse wanted to contact me, shall we say, stat...
02/01/2019
In the United Methodist Church we celebrate Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, as much as possible. Many churches share in Holy Communion every first Sunday of every month. It is always a sacred time to share in the breaking of bread and...
02/01/2019
I really didn’t expect anything more. The truth was right there in front of everyone — as blatantly as Lucy taunting Charlie Brown by placing a football on the ground and taunting him until he tries to kick it. We all knew how it would end. Did we...
02/01/2019
Why is time of the essence? The sooner you begin saving — even small amounts — the better your chance of reaching your retirement goals. Consider the following example that shows how much waiting to invest can cost. Put time on your side. Let’s...
02/01/2019
This weekend, TV stations the world over will broadcast the most-watched U.S. football game of the year. But sports fans aren’t the only ones viewing this “big game,” held in Atlanta this year. The two teams competing are watched closely by the...
02/01/2019
Question: What exactly is a succession? I’ve heard the term but I don’t really know what it is. I know it has to do with what happens when someone dies. Is it required? If a spouse dies, how long do you have to file one? Answer: One of the big rules...