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Columns

07/31/2015
North Central Louisiana Arts Council is seeking visual and literary artists for this year’s Holiday Arts Tour. On Monday, applications will be available for those merchants and artists who wish to participate in this year’s event. Holiday Arts Tour...
07/30/2015
Brace yourselves, everyone. The political rhetoric from our esteemed political hopefuls will soon — if not already — be plastered on television, radio and billboards. Hillary Clinton says this. Donald Trumps says that. “I promise this. I promise...
07/29/2015
Let’s face it. Being Louisiana’s lieutenant governor isn’t the world’s most heralded political job. Heck, it isn’t even the glitziest political job in Louisiana. The state didn’t have a lieutenant governor for the first 31 years of its existence....
07/27/2015
Even after decades of work in the area of domestic violence, it seems to be a crime for younger people. My internal image of an abusive relationship is one where both parties are no older than their thirties. Perhaps this mental perspective is...
07/27/2015
So long, Weymon Wart. You probably didn’t know Weymon Wart. To be honest; I didn’t either. But in our lives, we’ve always known people like him. After he died recently, my wife, Linda, reminded me of who Weymon was: “He’s the guy that would...
07/27/2015
To fear or not to fear — that is the question. And despite my initial reaction, I choose the latter. Yes, the wave of mass shootings in our country over the recent year in some way terrifies me — but that’s the point and the reaction the people...
07/25/2015
A total of 1,412 individuals have been executed since 1976. In years prior to 1976, the topic of the death penalty was up for major discussions, with death penalty laws being struck down because it was alleged states were using cruel and unusual...
07/25/2015
You don’t have to be a CEO or multimillionaire to benefit from a trust. In fact, many people gain advantages from establishing one – so it may be useful to learn something about this common estate-planning tool.
07/25/2015
Question: Twenty years ago my husband took out a $500,000 universal life insurance policy on himself. We thought, at the time, we could build a nest egg and the premiums would never go up like they do on term life. Now, I receive a letter saying...
07/25/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
07/25/2015
So many things happened this week, I’m not sure I can get it all straight. As you may or may not know, I write my column during the week before you read it, so this excitement happened a week ago, but it is still worth repeating. On Friday before...
07/25/2015
In the earliest pages of Scripture, we learn how God created the heavens and the earth, crafting with limitless creativity all the beauty and diversity we see on earth. But the crown of God’s creation was when He made man and woman. In Genesis 1:27...
07/25/2015
“Ant-Man” is the second movie this summer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which at this point pretty much means the world of The Avengers), and it serves pretty much the same purpose as last summer’s second MCU movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.”...
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...