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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...
03/23/2013
Last week we discussed some points of history. The topic was simply this. What was the single greatest moment or event in the history of mankind? We shared some major occurrences that would obviously make some lists. There are major inventions and...
03/23/2013
A gradual transfer of wealth is occurring among Americans: Baby boomers are starting to receive an estimated $8.4 trillion in inheritances from older generations, according to a paper published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College...
03/23/2013
Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical...
03/23/2013
Question: How does a person decide how much is enough to retire on? I am not interested in leaving anything to my children, but I do want to have enough to last as long as I do. Answer: Goldilocks doesn’t exist in retirement planning.
03/23/2013
‘One Day’ Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried My sins far away; Rising He justified freely forever: One day He's coming — O glorious day! — By J. Wilbur Chapman
03/22/2013
“Mr. Carter, are you experiencing any pain?” “Yes, I hurt like Hell!” “On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, what number would you pick?” “I’m hurting like Hell!” “I’m sorry, sir, but that is not an answer. I need a number.” “Okay, when you die,...
03/22/2013
Back in the day, circa 1998, my friends and I would play “war” on the playground during recess. Now the mere uttering of the word “war” on a school campus can get you suspended, or worse. The hypersensitivity of schools toward guns, violence and...
03/22/2013
The Tech Theatre Players, in conjunction with the University Theatre and Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts, is proud to host the 22nd-annual stage combat workshop on March 29 and 30 — a date fast approaching! This workshop has...
03/21/2013
As I prepared to attend Ruston Park and Recreation’s Department Furry Fun Walk, last week I started what has turned out to be a two-part column about the dogs I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my life. We return to those thoughts talking about...
03/21/2013
Today I stepped outside to a cool breeze blowing constantly right through as the sunny skies encroached warmth across my deck. I remembered days like this. When I was teaching, these were the days after last recess, I would bring my class in long...
03/20/2013
Back in September, Edwin Davis had a dream. Not the scary kind that bolts you out of the bed in a cold sweat, but the kind of dream that’s more like a vision. Davis, a retired Ruston veterinarian, had seen the joy that playing ordinary sports...
03/19/2013
I’ve received a dozen or more phone calls during the past month or so regarding lawn care. The majority of the callers have either inquired into the proper timing for fertilizing their lawns or applying herbicides to control weeds. We are now in the...