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Columns

08/28/2016
I kept waiting for Billy Cannon to pull back his chair and leave the table covered with an assortment of items that were a microcosm of his playing career. But he wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. On last Saturday afternoon in Ruston, when the sun finally came...
08/27/2016
Every time I drive down Tech Drive I think of the comedian Leo Gallagher. Yep, the “Sledge-O-Matic” guy who did all the watermelon smashing back in the 1980s. And believe me, at least once I day, I probably feeling like smashing watermelons — or...
08/27/2016
The damage from “the unnamed storm” is still widespread, costly and painful.  It did not “go away” in a week. We did not know the extent of the less-than-week-old flooding as it was discussed before. It was far worse than anyone imagined.
08/27/2016
Graduations, holidays, birthdays, and weddings are just some of the life events that can make us think about large gifts to children and grandchildren. “Often, we want the next and future generations to have a better and easier life than we’ve had...
08/27/2016
Question: I have seen some ads for people that will buy my pension for cash. How do I tell if that is a good deal? I really need some money now and this would come in very handy. Answer: Be very careful. That may be Mr. Potter knocking at your front...
08/27/2016
On Sept. 5 we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there’s a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits — many of which also...
08/26/2016
 NCLAC recently announced an exhibit of paintings by artist Molly Butler. Butler, winner of Best in Show at this year’s Peach Art Exhibit, was awarded this solo exhibition as part of her prize. Her exhibition will be on display from now until Oct....
08/26/2016
Having grown up in north Louisiana, I’ve never personally witnessed my friends standing outside of their demolished, water-crushed homes wishing they didn’t have to borrow clothes from others because theirs are soaked and caked with mud, or seeing...
08/26/2016
If you were to ask an 18-year-old if he likes college, the people, the parties, the girls, the freedom and he replied, “Yes! I love it!” His tone would take a turn if you then added, “Good thing, you’ll still be here in 20-plus years.” If this...
08/25/2016
It all started with a budget crisis. Grambling State University’s laboratory schools Alma J. Brown, Grambling Middle and High schools were threatened with extinction as a result from major budget deficits the university faced. Here’s to you, Bobby...
08/24/2016
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column on recognizing the signs of depression in teens. Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your...
08/24/2016
You almost have to feel sorry for the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative. For 14 years now, they’ve faithfully made repeated trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, D. C., in search of money for $100 million for a pipeline project aimed at...
08/22/2016
For the fourth year in a row, men in Lincoln Parish are forming ranks and standing up to be counted. DART’s 2016 Men Standing Strong campaign has officially launched, and this year’s leaders are an impressive group of men. They are: Drake Mills,...
08/22/2016
When I drive down Lewisville Road, on my way to somewhere, I see him sitting there — off to the west — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. I’ve thought about stopping but I still consider myself a mild-mannered polite Southern...
08/22/2016
The run, or should we write The Run, can still be viewed by modern day, computer-savvy football fans on YouTube 57 years later. But any true and passionate LSU fan doesn’t need what the author of The Run now calls ‘’a fading yellowish film clip’’...
08/21/2016
Every four years, the stars shine on the Summer Olympic Games. That’s certainly the case with the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And especially with a trio of names who will be remembered far into the future. Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Usain...
08/21/2016
I was a Goldonna High School senior when I last visited the building that Elvis left. Today, seniors head to the beaches of Florida or other Gulf destinations for senior trips as a last blast before leaving high school and headed to college or jobs...
08/20/2016
Maybe it’s just a case of bad timing. It’s been debated in the Daily Leader newsroom. Between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, Louisiana was battered by roughly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain. As the flooding there continues, 40,000 homes have been damaged; 13...
08/20/2016
We are not unaffected by the tragedies presently being endured by our neighbors, families and friends in South Louisiana. These folks need our help.
08/20/2016
Question: I am dealing with some financial pressures that I’ve never had before. As a result I am just totally overwhelmed. Some days I can hardly get any sleep. Any advice? Answer: Some financial stress is fact of life in our modern world. That’s...