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04/27/2013
For many Americans, careers no longer carry an expiration date that coincides with a 65th birthday. Leaving the workforce and a steady paycheck to rely on entitlement benefits and retirement savings can seem daunting in the face of uncertainty...
04/27/2013
If the old adage that says “when it rains, it pours” is true, then followers of the Grambling State University athletics’ program may been fell like it’s been flooding since September. This has been one tough, difficult and patience-testing school...
04/27/2013
Although the recent cold temperatures might demonstrate otherwise, spring has indeed arrived. Trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. Much to the dismay of yard maintenance-challenged folks like me, springtime also means the burden of lawn care....
04/27/2013
On last Sunday evening, as any grandparent knows when one of your own does something extra special, I got an indescribable surge of joy and pride. This had to do with Matthew Newman Irby, my youngest grandchild.
04/27/2013
Ear infections are common among young children, and if not properly treated, can have long-term effects ranging from hearing loss to delayed speech development. In fact, three of four children in America will have an ear infection before age three,...
04/26/2013
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, dawned as an ordinary day in Dubach. Following church services and lunch, four teenage girls walked south, down Route 167 to the large bridge crossing over D’Arbonne Creek. Normally there was little car traffic on this section...
04/26/2013
If you are active on Twitter, you have probably seen #stopCISPA all over your feed in the past week, and like many other people, have no idea what it is about. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill recently passed by...
04/25/2013
As an Eagle Scout, I know all about the importance of being prepared. We’re fortunate that here in Lincoln Parish, there are many people who feel the same way. That showed Tuesday as area emergency agencies conducted a mass casualty drill at the...
04/24/2013
Here we go again. Another bombing, more people dead, more disfigurement, more lives instantly changed forever, more places that ought to be places to enjoy, now bloodied by incidents that will mar them forever. “Why, why are people so cruel?” one of...
04/24/2013
There is good news and bad news for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The good news is that it is nearing full implementation next Jan. 1. The bad news is that the legislation remains unpopular with the voters, and it is highly likely that the...
04/23/2013
Here it is in early spring in Louisiana and most homeowners have been working outside cleaning up weeds, raking leaves, mowing the lawn and enhancing landscape beds in the yard. But, what about all of those sticks, twigs and leaves? What should we...
04/23/2013
On Monday afternoon, the City of Boston observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the terror that tore through the city one-week prior. As of right now, there are still so many questions left. Why did this happen? Why did the bombers choose to...
04/22/2013
This past February, trying to lose some holiday weight, I began to tweak my diet a little in hope that I would consume foods that would give me more energy with less calories. As most know, calories are a source of energy, along with protein and...
04/20/2013
Every time I see a photo or read a story regarding Martin Richard, I get mad and angry. Either that or I want to cry. Whatever the emotions, “sickening” is an adjective that doesn’t do justice in describing the horrific events that transpired at the...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
April is Counseling Awareness Month. This annual observance — sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) — is geared toward educating the public about the role of counselors who help individuals live healthier, happier, and more...
04/20/2013
Where do we begin our thinking of the latest horror in our country? Collectively, I believe, all of us were shocked in hearing the news of the bombing in Boston this past week, on Patriots Day in Boston, during the running of the Boston Marathon....
04/20/2013
There is no way around it — markets generally move in cycles. Although the past is no guarantee of the future, historically, the stock market has spent more time on bullish advances than on bearish retreats — which is why stocks have been considered...
04/20/2013
On Arbor Day, which we celebrate Friday, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing...