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Columns

04/06/2013
The past couple of months have been difficult for me, as I have been especially ready for the cold, dark, short days of winter to pass. For some reason, I have felt more burdened by this very necessary winter season that comes along once every year...
04/06/2013
I started writing this column in 1996. It’s hard to believe that as of February I have continued through several editors, wondering when they would tell me, “We’ve heard enough from you,” and when seven years ago I moved here, I was sure it would be...
04/05/2013
Perhaps it was the origin of the photo in the Sunday paper that caught my eye, rather than the subject. On second thought, after further review, nah, it was the subject. The announcement of the upcoming nuptials of Daisy Mae Lipshout and Jerome...
04/04/2013
It’s always tough to see someone die needlessly. It’s even tougher when it’s a young person. But that’s what happened in Ouachita Parish on Wednesday as two West Monroe High School students died in a house fire. Kyle Phillips, 18, and Mitchell...
04/04/2013
In 2008, Sexuality Education Standards were put in place for skills to be addressed under the topic of Health Education for grades two, five, eight and 12. However, the Chicago Public School system has passed a new program approving a sex education...
04/03/2013
When we arrived at work the other day, our Internet provider was down. No email, no connection to web-based databases, no Google, nothing. For a moment, my co-worker and I just looked at each other. “Well,” I said, after a minute, “I guess I can go...
04/02/2013
While I’m immensely thankful that I was lucky enough to find the man I would marry at such a young age (we met when I was 21 and were married when I was 25), I certainly never expected that to be the case.
04/02/2013
Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities. 4-H focuses on the...
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...