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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...
03/19/2013
I doubt anyone, even some of my closest friends, remember that for a brief period during my senior year of high school I wanted to be a math teacher. It would be understandable considering my self-professed hatred of all things having to do with...
03/18/2013
While strolling the aisles of the grocery store the other day, in search of a juice to satisfy my taste buds longing for a cool drink with a sweet taste, I stumbled across some kind of organic berry concoction I was somewhat skeptical of liking....
03/17/2013
“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the...
03/17/2013
What was the most important event or era in history? The other day a friend of mine and I were discussing nostalgic times. We quizzed each other on the “big” events in our lives. This led to a point of curiosity: what were the most significant...
03/17/2013
Question: Can you convince me why I should pay some advisor to manage money for me when I can do it myself online? Answer: There are two very different groups of people who attempt to go it alone financially. They are often assumed to be one in the...
03/17/2013
While there are many individuals who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the...