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05/15/2013
And the loser is … good government. But we shouldn’t be surprised. After all this is the story of a Louisiana governor who figuratively lops off the heads of any appointee who disagrees with him, zaps from legislative leadership lawmakers who don’t...
05/14/2013
Families looking for educational, fun vacations are considering overnight stays on family farms to experience “haycations.” If you own a farm and would like to turn your farm into a day or overnight vacation, the LSU AgCenter can assist you with...
05/14/2013
I was a teenager during the peer-to-peer file sharing revolution. Napster, LimeWire and similar programs were all the rage.
05/13/2013
Last Monday was like any other Monday. After having attended an extremely beautiful and heartwarming wedding, I spent Monday — my day off — resting, recuperating and getting ready for the workweek ahead. I had the luxury of enjoying the day, to do...
05/11/2013
I come from a long line of “green thumbs.” I can see my great-grandmother in her bonnet and apron, on her knees scraping spotless sidewalks of packed dirt within her neatly groomed yard. Flowers bloomed around the edge of her neatly simple home. It...
05/11/2013
Last week we reminded ourselves that today is Mother’s Day. I trust that you all have had plenty of time to prepare to honor your mother, and/or honor one who occupies that position, or perhaps honor the memory of one who has passed on.
05/11/2013
Question: I have gotten behind on some of my bills. I have found out that I can borrow money from my 401(k) account at a lower interest rate. My wife is against it, but don’t you think it would be better to pay a lower interest rate and pay off my...
05/11/2013
Question: I have gotten behind on some of my bills. I have found out that I can borrow money from my 401(k) account at a lower interest rate. My wife is against it, but don’t you think it would be better to pay a lower interest rate and pay off my...
05/11/2013
Volatile financial markets are still leaving individual investors queasy about their portfolios. They’re not just suffering from vertigo; the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index, which measures expected volatility in the S&P 500,...
05/11/2013
Another school year is drawing to a close — so if you have young children, they’re one year closer to the day when they head off to college. And both you and your children need to prepare for that day. Your kids can do so by developing good study...
05/11/2013
I’ll go ahead and admit it. There is a little sadness surrounding this corner of the sports world with the soon-to-be official departure of Louisiana Tech University from the Western Athletic Conference. That actually won’t happen until early July...
05/11/2013
I went to Howie’s birthday party — one of Susan’s and Jonathan’s neighbors. Good food, good company, a fun evening. While at the cookout, the temperature dropped and I almost froze. Susan went home and brought me a wrap. That helped. Crazy weather.
05/10/2013
I know you and you’re here In everyday we live I know her and she’s here I can feel her when I sing Hey Laura, where are you now Are you far away from here I don’t think so I think you’re here Taking our tears away When you think of Laura laugh don’...
05/09/2013
Sometimes, especially in light of today’s tough economic era, it’s easy to concentrate on all the negatives and not look at the overall big picture. Recent findings by an independent audit conducted by Ruston CPA Douglas Brewer found the City of...
05/09/2013
It is that time of year, or doesn’t it seem as if it should be past that time of year for allergy season? Not so if you have been to the doctor’s office lately. The waiting room is full of the rhythmic sound of coughing and sneezing of those...
05/08/2013
Each of my grade school classes was divided into three reading groups. Group 1 was the strong readers; Group 2, the average readers, and Group 3, the weak readers. Nobody tried to mask our abilities with cute names like Bluebirds, Redbirds and...
05/08/2013
For the past few months, I’ve had my own personal paparazzi, Emily Jane Cruz (a.k.a. Em J). Emily is a Tech photography student, and focused her senior project around me and another model I have not met. She took photos of us in our everyday lives...
05/07/2013
What are kids missing from their daily eating plan? Studies indicate they are missing fruits and vegetables. Ask 10 young people how many fruits and vegetables they have eaten today; you will be amazed. Most youth like fruits because they are sweet...
05/07/2013
Summer is nearly upon us, and many families will likely be packing up and heading out to various locales for a little break from the day-to-day. Unfortunately, for many of us, packing enough sunscreen is the least of our worries. Though finding a...
05/06/2013
When I began employment with the Ruston Daily Leader, one of my first assignments involved the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, better known as DART. The organization was gearing up for their annual push in fundraising to help those in need that have...