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Columns

09/08/2014
It hasn’t hit in Louisiana — yet — but doctors warn that a respiratory illness that has already sickened more than 1,000 children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem. The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials...
09/06/2014
Our two cents’ worth of opinions and observations on all matters dealing with sports: TECH OMITTED?: Here we are, two games into the 2014 collegiate football season and predictions are already being made for the bowl games. Honest. I am not kidding...
09/06/2014
The Second Amendment follows the First. Sounds silly? Maybe to most, but I don’t think the national news media is aware. (Excluded are journalists “afflicted” with common sense.) It’s toward the top for a reason.
09/06/2014
For most of the past week I’ve been suffering from post travel depression. I’d like to say that’s a made up thing, but from my own life experiences, I promise it isn’t. By timing things correctly, I was able to enjoy a 10-day break from work during...
09/06/2014
Last month my husband returned from two grueling months on the road. For the first time, Tom was driving for a “core metal” band as it crisscrossed North America for the Mayhem Festival Tour. This was quite a challenge for a man who tends to...
09/06/2014
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...
09/06/2014
Question: Despite what everyone says, I do not think our economic hard times are over. I’ve been reading some things that say the Federal Reserve is actually hiding how big our problems really are and that the whole world could be on the brink of...
09/06/2014
Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies....
09/06/2014
He could have chosen any one of three sports to excel in, but James Rodney Richard opted to choose ... Well, all of them. At least during his high school career, that is. And after that, it was a no-brainer. It was all about baseball then and J.R....
09/05/2014
I am a hugger. Most of the time and for most of my life, I have greeted people with a hug, or a pat on the back. For those of you who know me, you already know this about me — and you have probably heard me say that everyone needs at least 12 hugs...
09/05/2014
This has been an unusual week, since it started off with a really weird wreck. Thank goodness, no one was hurt, but you never saw a more messy bunch of cars. Just listen to this: It started out to be an unusually nice day. Granddaughter Susan had...
09/05/2014
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” — Louis Nizer In this business not a day goes by where we don’t...
09/05/2014
Now that we have passed Labor Day, I find myself yearning for fall. We generally think of September as part of the fall season, even though Louisiana weather often disagrees. However, everyone is back in school, football has begun and our minds...
09/04/2014
So once again, my political topic of conversation I had meant for this week’s column has been stunted by my disdain for a particular sector of American society. Last week, it was reality TV. This week, it’s bureaucracy — in particular the...
09/03/2014
Hold that deep breath in a little longer, Ruston. The days of budgetary belt tightening will likely continue for at least another fiscal year. If the city’s board of aldermen does as expected, come Tuesday night it will approve the Hollingsworth...
09/03/2014
Recently, I have spent time working on DART training, education and awareness events for the fall. The first event on our calendar is a clergy training seminar, set from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Readers might...
09/02/2014
We are approaching the peak season for tropical storms and hurricanes. When looking at long-term averages of hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin, there is a broad maximum from late August through September with a pronounced peak...
09/02/2014
You’ve heard the saying, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results, that is the definition of insanity. That’s just what many of us do when we decide to make healthy changes to our eating patterns. You start...
08/31/2014
There’s no absence of star power on Lincoln Parish gridirons this season. From running back Jawaun Wright of Ruston High to wide receiver Chester Rogers of Grambling State University, there are plenty of all-star potential performers to circle on...
08/30/2014
Are we now hustling and bustling?  Maybe too much?  Hurry.  Quick.  Now.  Run.  Faster.  These are some of the words bantered during this time of year with the beginning of fall. Then watch out for holiday shopping.