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Columns

11/04/2013
A solid crowd of more than 13,000 at Grambling State University’s Homecoming game last weekend shows the school’s alumni are willing to try and support the institution. That’s good news for GSU President Frank Pogue, who has gone on the offensive to...
11/03/2013
With November here we’re on the brink of the holiday season. However, the severe sugar overload we’re witnessing now reminds us that we just wrapped up one of the most highly anticipated holidays for kids of all ages. Yes, Halloween has come and...
11/03/2013
When couples live together in a committed marriage or partnership, domestic compatibility differences come to light — one leaves the cap off the toothpaste and misplaces car keys; the other may insist there’s just one way to load a dishwasher. We’re...
11/03/2013
November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month. And when it comes to long-term care — such as a stay in a nursing home or the services provided by a home health aide — you’ll want to plan for the potential costs involved.
11/03/2013
Question: Debt is such a big problem in this country. The government keeps borrowing more money. It seems like people are losing their houses and going bankrupt more than ever before. Has anyone ever thought about making debt illegal, or at least...
11/01/2013
On this day in 1512, one of the world’s greatest wonders was exhibited to the public for the first time. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome was one of Michelangelo’s finest works. According to history.com, said Michelangelo was called to Rome...
11/01/2013
She was my best friend. I didn’t understand why my parents didn’t like for me to spend the night with her, and I didn’t think twice when my mom had to take care of her mom after fights. They were just fights. Everyone’s parents fight. It took me...
10/31/2013
October has been filled to the brim with events in the city of Ruston. We have had multiple breast cancer awareness walks, fundraisers and the pumpkin patch at the Townsend House to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. At 6 p.m....
10/30/2013
And now there are two. Most folks figured state Sen. Neil Riser would be one of the runoff candidates in the 5th Congressional District race, but most folks didn’t figure political newcomer Vance McAllister would be the other contender. That’s...
10/29/2013
Only eight weeks until Christmas! Are you through with your Christmas shopping? I haven’t started mine yet. Retailers have the Christmas spirit now. Decorations, gifts and holiday ideas are out everywhere you go, and we haven’t gotten through the...
10/29/2013
Holidays have a weird way of making people nostalgic. Since I don’t have any children yet, I don’t watch the Disney Channel unless I’m stuck in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing better to do. I’ve reached the age where I’m convinced that...
10/28/2013
The saying goes that if you get stuck with lemons, make lemonade. That’s what Grambling State University appears to be doing in the midst of the ongoing football team saga — turning a sour situation into something positive. And it looks like that...
10/27/2013
In the summer of 1985 you could practically set your clock by O.A. “Bum” Phillips. Just as sure as the Kansas City Southern would zip through Ruston on its regular 12 noon schedule, the folksy Phillips would conduct each press conference for media...
10/26/2013
Thursday is Halloween. When I was a child, this was a day of great anticipation. I was not so much interested in the costumes, but my focus was an excessive ingestion of chocolate candy. When celebrating Halloween in those days, it was unnecessary...
10/26/2013
Question: Debt is such a big problem in this country. The government keeps borrowing more money. It seems like people are losing their houses and going bankrupt more than ever before. Has anyone ever thought about making debt illegal, or at least...
10/26/2013
An investment sea change has been occurring in the past few years: Mutual fund investors have been shifting some or all of their assets to passively managed vehicles. For many, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become the vehicle of choice. “An...
10/26/2013
Halloween is upon us. Of course, whether you’re navigating the dark corridors of a “haunted house” or just dealing with the “creepy” characters coming to your door demanding candy, you’re probably not too fearful of the sights of the season. But as...
10/26/2013
The summer of 2002 began as a season of sunshine and expectation, but quickly led to a dark time in our marriage. After losing our baby in the first trimester, our hope of becoming parents was put on indefinite hold. After a second miscarriage two...
10/25/2013
During my senior year of college, I decided to take yet another history class really to just fill space in my schedule. Little did I know that class would bring a whole new appreciation for a university that was just down the road — Grambling State...
10/25/2013
The lights are bright. The room is cold and sterile.  Imagine you’re just 4 years old, scared and you’re sitting in a police station or in a medical examination room.  The strangers around you look like giants and they all want you to describe (...