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Columns

04/01/2013
I’m really not one for television, although I have found Netflix to be guilty pleasure. Even then, I keep my viewing preferences to scripted shows or documentaries. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is more obnoxious to me than reality television. My...
03/30/2013
Incredible is the only word we can think to describe our sixth annual Dinner and A Movie at Lincoln Parish Park on March 15. We had more than 830 people in attendance, 36 booths with activities for children, too many giveaways to count, a puppet...
03/30/2013
As the 2011-12 school year drew to a close, we were faced with adhering to the guidelines handed down from the Justice Department regarding the desegregation of the four Ruston elementary schools. Not knowing what to expect, we were challenged with...
03/30/2013
Lost and found. That small phrase conjures up ideas of losing a wallet, purse, or in this time a cell phone; panic setting in; then going to an office to find the lost. But some things when lost cannot be found. Many of us have “lost” friends,...
03/30/2013
If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy — which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow — which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and...
03/30/2013
Question: I owe about $20,000 on two debts. The only other debt is my house note. I just got about twice that much in a settlement. Should I save all of it or pay off the two debts I have? The interest on both accounts is only 5.9 percent. My...
03/30/2013
For years, taxpayers who made mistakes with their IRAs usually corrected the errors and notified the IRS — and escaped unscathed. The agency was not as strict with enforcing penalties, and taxpayers often didn’t even hear from regulators.
03/30/2013
Some leftover observations from the now completed season for Lincoln Parish’s college hoops’ teams: • How about one more round of applause for Head Coach Michael White and the Bulldogs of Louisiana Teach University? They deserve it, that’s for sure.
03/30/2013
Good news. Spring is here and today is Easter. Plenty to celebrate, right? But I have another cause for celebration. I just heard that CBS took a poll and found that 86 percent of Americans bothered to express strong feelings about leaving “In God...
03/29/2013
While watching my 16-month old grandson walk around, aimlessly, in our yard, I was reminded of a passage from the fantasy novel, “The Name of the Wind.” “When we are children, we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy...
03/29/2013
At 19-years-old, I’m a sophomore double major participating in different organizations on campus, working a part-time job and managing my responsibilities. In the midst of the craziness that is the life of a college student, I could not imagine...
03/28/2013
Yes, Mother Nature has been as fussy as usual and has even gotten Punxsutawney Phil in trouble. You see, Spring officially arrived a couple of weeks ago. And while it’s warmer today, recently the temperature has been lower than average for this time...
03/28/2013
Safety has been the primary concern of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since September 11, 2001. The last time I flew to Kentucky to visit my dear friend, Micky, I received calls and texts for weeks afterwards over the embarrassment of...
03/27/2013
Well now, this is a fine mess. First it was budget cuts to higher education, then hospitals, mental health services and hospice. Now it’s the elimination of a program that provides immunizations for Louisiana’s indigent children.
03/26/2013
March 20 was officially the first day of spring and it is evident by the activity around the garden centers that most gardeners are ready for the season. Plants, outdoor fixtures and materials to maintain the landscapes and gardens are finding...
03/26/2013
It’s that time of the year again. Warm weather, longer daylight hours and that instinctual urge many of us have to start working in the soil and growing our own vegetables. There are several reasons that people decide to grow their own vegetables....
03/26/2013
I guess it’s that time of year again, when occasional warm days make us start thinking and dreaming of summer. Also, they make the discussions on health (both allergies and weight loss) the main topics of conversation. Inevitably, when you start...
03/25/2013
When the new proposed state budget was unveiled recently, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team was stunned to learn that domestic violence programs will suffer yet another massive cut. This time, we will lose $1.4 million. This translates to another 30...
03/25/2013
A new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, just released parish rankings on health. Not surprising — because Lincoln Parish always does so well — is that our fair parish held tight at...
03/23/2013
As Congress and the White House continue to do battle over the budget, taxes and the time of day, farmers, like most Americans these days, find themselves on the outside looking in. But the one thing that has been consistent is the money the nation...