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Columns

07/24/2015
I’m so pleased to write today that North Central Louisiana Arts Council has begun a three-week arts education workshop at the Methodist Children’s Home.
07/24/2015
Recently, anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress released an edited video of Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, discussing obtaining fetal tissues when conducting abortions. The...
07/23/2015
Four decades ago, a brother and a sister from Nicaragua, a Central American country, immigrated to the United States just shy of hitting the prime years of their teens. They heard via television, stories and conversation about the “land of...
07/22/2015
Ruston’s fire department must be doing something right. In the space of a week’s time, the department received word it had not only maintained its Class 2 rating and but also earned the highest marks of all city departments in a recent community...
07/20/2015
Not that you don’t realize it, but it’s hot out there. Dangerously hot. So hot — and dangerous — that a heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. today for all of North Louisiana. And it looks like this time hot weather will remain for days to come....
07/20/2015
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...
07/18/2015
John F. Kennedy once said “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us now see to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” JFK may have lived during a time...
07/18/2015
Louisiana Tech is my alma mater, a place dear to me. To some, it may be early to talk  football, but for us fans it is not.  Today, though, I don’t emphasize sports. I feel compelled to say things about Tech which are important having little to do...
07/18/2015
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most closely-held business owners, a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account...
07/18/2015
Question: I want to start saving money for the future, but I don’t have a lot. But I know I need to do something. So I am thinking about putting $100 a month into a mutual fund. Do you have a suggestion about which one? Answer: “I need to do...
07/18/2015
What’s your most valuable asset? While you are still working, this asset may actually be your future income — so you need to protect it. And you can do so by maintaining adequate life insurance, which can help provide your family with the financial...
07/18/2015
An eight-win regular season, appearance in the Conference USA championship game and a victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. No wonder Louisiana Tech University football fans were in such a season-long, giddy mood in 2014. Well, may we urge them to...
07/18/2015
The memory of something that happened to me decades ago is still as vivid as if it had happened yesterday. I was squirrel hunting down home along Clear Branch one cool clear fall morning when I spied a squirrel foraging for acorns in an oak 50...
07/18/2015
One death is one too many. But two deaths within a month’s time, that’s just not fair. In the game of life, though, the rules are tossed out the window. And so, the Ruston High School family mourns the loss of two men who guided the Bearcats’...
07/18/2015
So much has happened recently, I hardly know where to begin; however, I can tell you, “I’m On the Road Again.” I am moving to Alabama. It is quite a daunting idea when I think of once again moving to another state and begin another and possibly last...
07/17/2015
Pluto has been all the rage the last few days, since NASA’s New Horizons space probe flew within 8,000 miles of the dwarf planet on the morning of July 14. Nearly a decade after New Horizons launched, a major discovery in our lifetime has been made...
07/17/2015
The walls of businesses and buildings across Ruston have been decorated with beautiful pieces of work and all of it was by the hands of all local artists. As a resident, I have been so lucky to enjoy all of the art these artists have brought to us...
07/16/2015
Police body cameras recently became the center of debate following the deaths of several individuals at the hands of police. Many police departments, including Grambling State University’s, adopted the clip-on body cameras. And Americans seem to...
07/15/2015
OK, I’m convinced. The world is coming to an end. In the space of just four short days in June, the United States Supreme Court, those nine lawyers who usually take 40 forevers to agree on anything, ruled on Affordable Health Care, same-sex marriage...
07/13/2015
The ties that bind a family together can be strong. My family found that out Sunday. The Ruston family as a whole found that out Sunday. It all started with the tragic incident Saturday night that left two of our residents dead. They were relatives...