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Columns

12/02/2016
It can be tricky business to pull off a much-loved Christmas classic like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but fear not Rustonians, the cast and crew of the Ruston Community Theatre managed to do that and more. Opening to a packed theatre, the actors more...
12/01/2016
Grambling resident Phyllis Miller hit the proverbial nail on the head with Grambling’s Legends Square. The 9.2 acre economic development project off RWE Jones Street not only represents the future of Grambling’s economy, but also harkens back to an...
11/30/2016
Twenty-years ago come Thursday, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen refused to adopt an $8 million transportation proposal proponents said would end anticipated traffic snarls along the Interstate 20 service road, once the Walmart SuperCenter was built. Then...
11/29/2016
How does a family find time to connect? Family meals. I know what you’re saying, “we don’t have time to sit down to eat a meal together.” We are racing off to soccer practice, dance lessons, basketball games, attending meetings and catching up with...
11/28/2016
Tanya, 34, and her children, Dakota, 9, and Ariel, 5, arrived at the local shelter three days before Christmas. Tanya’s husband, Dean, grew up in a home with a violent father. Dean vowed he would never be like that and most of the time, he was kind...
11/28/2016
Thanksgiving morning, I updated my Facebook cover photo with an image that urges folks to “Count Your Blessings.” It’s a black-and-white illustration that’s completely filled with tally marks. You know, those simple lines clustered in groups of five...
11/27/2016
I have some sports writer friends who disagree, but I for one was pleased to see LSU name Ed Orgeron as the permanent head coach of the Tigers football team on Saturday. No, I didn’t see it coming. I figured LSU athletics director Joe Allevea was...
11/27/2016
A six-pack worth of Sunday morning sports topics: JJ NEXT IN PRO HALL?: In a technical sort of way, Louisiana Tech University could have its fourth Pro Football Hall of Fame representative in 2017. Say what? Here’s the connection: Jimmy Johnson, one...
11/27/2016
The mind is a curious and fascinating thing. Someone mentions something or you see a photo that in an instant, transports you back to an earlier time in your life. Such is the case when someone posted a photo on Facebook recently of a yellowed page...
11/27/2016
Thanksgiving Day got me to thinking about what I’m thankful about. Yes, I have a wonderful family and employment that I love. I’m very fortunate in that respect. But other things I love are old memories and a good life, and that all came together...
11/27/2016
There’s a frequent gag that goes on in the Boniol house. When Tom and I are playfully sparring I will hold up my right hand in a folded fist, thumb firmly against the knuckle of my index finger; this reduces Tom to hysterical laughter. You see, I’m...
11/27/2016
Another anniversary commemorates a turning point in world history. Reminiscing about history can be entertaining and a basis for which to give thanks.  I do not today refer to only the annual Thanksgiving Day. I was and am thankful, but my focus is...
11/26/2016
Parents often worry about how they’ll save for their retirement years after juggling years of paying for food, education, and other expenses related to their children. But childless retirees may face different obstacles when it comes to retirement...
11/26/2016
Question: Not everyone is rich. I would love more columns relating not so much to the wealthy but to the poor or average person. What could we do to live better? Answer: I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no...
11/26/2016
Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose...
11/24/2016
A lot can be learned from the first Thanksgiving in our country. The commonly heard story about the Pilgrim immigrants and Wampanoag tribe gathering to give thanks is not as Disney movie friendly as we were taught in elementary school. Nevertheless...
11/23/2016
This is not your usual Thanksgiving column. I’m not going on about what I’m thankful for, or even what other people say I’m supposed to be thankful for. Nor am I going to point out — again — how the Pilgrims get short shrift between way-too-smiley...
11/21/2016
As Thanksgiving draws near, our entire country is setting aside time to gather with friends and family. Regardless of religious, political, or racial differences, there is one common practice at Thanksgiving. People often go around the table and...
11/21/2016
I don’t mean any disrespect, but sometimes I think the title M.D. may have once stood for mentally deficient — you know, before the AMA got together and unanimously voted to change it. The pharmaceutical industry isn’t much better. I think they’re...
11/21/2016
Pay close attention the next time the television cameras zoom in on the New Orleans Saints’ sidelines for a close-up of Sean Payton. That bespectacled, professor-demeanored gentleman standing near him, looking at game data? He’s Pete Carmichael, Jr...