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Columns

09/11/2013
I didn’t want to go to the conference. I figured I could learn as much from sources right here in Louisiana. But the corporate bosses thought otherwise. So, being a dutiful reporter, I made my reservations, packed my carry-on bag and called a friend...
09/10/2013
Very often when people are talking with me about where they learned something or why they did something it is because they read it on the Internet. Apparently, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are looked at by some as the greatest sources...
09/10/2013
I have covered the Lincoln Parish School Board for about three years. During that time, I really can't think of a time when some construction project wasn't either ongoing or in the process of being approved. Students who graduated as recently as...
09/09/2013
I’ll be the first to admit that in recent years I’ve become disillusioned with many forms of our government. And I wasn’t shocked by the recent resignation of U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who attributed his move to the fact that “Rather than...
09/07/2013
I never played ball for Coach Doug Colvin, but when I heard that a bunch of his old ballplayers were gathering in Dubach to honor him, I knew I wanted to go. That afternoon, when I turned off of Hico St. and onto the parking lot of the First...
09/07/2013
When I climb on my exercise bike during the pre-dawn hours, an Elvis movie can keep me pedaling. For weeks now, I’ve been glued to the Golden Globe winning Elvis on Tour, an amazing 1972 documentary film that includes concert footage, offstage...
09/07/2013
Editor’s Note: This column was written prior to the revelation of the wording of the new ordinance mentioned in today’s front page story. The British are coming. Well, maybe that is a little dramatic.
09/07/2013
Crises that buffet the financial markets have become commonplace in recent years: 2008’s banking crisis, the housing market implosion, credit woes at home and abroad, currency fluctuations, natural disasters. As a result, stock prices have been...
09/07/2013
Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and...
09/07/2013
Question: I am way behind in starting to save for retirement. I am not really comfortable with the stock market, but I know I need to invest some of my money if I ever want to retire. Should I go for the high risk stuff and just ignore the ups and...
09/07/2013
Many in our community have experienced great loss over the past several months. In my ministry setting and in the lives of friends and family, I have witnessed numerous people suffer from the incredible storms that life can sometimes bring. I am...
09/07/2013
Have you ever been “high as a kite” and disgruntled at the same time? Probably that comes with age 92, which there are not too many of us left. Anyway — good news first: Great grandbaby Sydney finally got well, plus walked alone and it was to her...
09/06/2013
Aug. 31 was the first game of the season for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and like any good alumna with children, we woke up in game-day spirits. Asher donned the newest of his Tech apparel and ran around the house yelling “Go Dawgs!”,...
09/06/2013
On Aug. 29 merely eight years ago, winds moved buildings and roofs, water overflowed stores and tremendous damages to a city full of life made it seem so dull. Killing more than 1,800 people, Hurricane Katrina put a dent in the wonderful city of New...
09/05/2013
I was not your average child. Even before I was old enough to read, I would crawl into my mother’s lap and ask her to read aloud ­— not from Dr. Seuss or Goldenbooks ­­— but from the murder mystery novels of Agatha Christie. The stories would...
09/04/2013
It was bound to happen. After all, when you spend your monetary reserves — your savings — down past your comfort zone, sooner or later, something’s got to give. And, if you’re the city of Ruston, what gives is the wiggle room you used to have in...
09/03/2013
The “farm to table” experience is not new, but it’s getting lots of attention nation wide as people are becoming more concerned about how food is grown and processed. As a child growing up on a small farm in Winn Parish, my parents practiced “farm...
09/03/2013
It’s funny how your mind remembers things. In reality, the size of my high school was a lot closer to the size of Ruston High. However, on the few occasions where I visit Simsboro or Choudrant High School, they feel more like my alma mater. At...
09/01/2013
A new voice in Washington is about to be heard with an upcoming congressional campaign. There is a great deal for a new leader and representative to absorb in a short time as that voice is our only one on that side of the capitol. Before that,...
09/01/2013
Much has been made this past of the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Caught right up in the midst of the civil rights movement at that time was Grambling State University’s...