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01/21/2017
Question: What is your general opinion about home buying? Do you mainly base it on a percentage of income? Buy all that you can afford? Buy as little as you can get by with? I understand your answer could be affected by numerous factors and could...
01/21/2017
Fake, or twisted, news — it’s seemingly becoming more and more the norm in this day and age. And that shouldn’t be. Those of us who have been involved in media were taught we were supposed to be unbiased when reporting news, but today, when even...
01/20/2017
The sad truth is, the degradation of women is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. The phrase “like a girl” is added to verbs to create insults, insinuating that weak, ineffective actions are characteristic to females. Comments about...
01/20/2017
On Jan. 15, 1929, Alberta Williams King gave birth to one of the greatest civil rights heroes in America — Martin Luther King Jr. King grew up attending segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of 15; he received...
01/19/2017
If you want to know how much the world changed in a matter of a couple of decades, look no further than the statistics behind social media. The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these...
01/18/2017
To better serve you, Northeast Louisiana, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has become a partner with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, headquartered in Monroe. NEDHSA directs and manages the operation of...
01/18/2017
Thursday is the big day. That’s when the Louisiana Bond Commission will decide whether Ruston will be allowed to issue up to $34 million in incremental revenue sales tax bonds to finance transportation projects in the tax incremental district. The...
01/17/2017
Are you a resolution maker? Are you a resolution keeper? Oprah Winfrey says the New Year is “another chance for us to get it right.” Here are some gardening resolutions to head you in the right direction for the new year.
01/14/2017
Maybe there’s finally some chance that a long-endured wrong in the state of Louisiana’s Constitution can be made right. Those are my hopes, anyway. Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said during an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s editorial board...
01/14/2017
The death of a husband or wife can be an overwhelming experience, compounded by the financial matters you need to consider during this emotional time. Here are three tips to help you through the process: Seek help from trusted sources Locating and...
01/14/2017
Question: I have taken my car in for several repairs in the last couple of months. I assume I’ll need to replace it soon. I might have enough money to pay cash for the next car, but money is tight. Should I try for one of those zero percent finance...
01/14/2017
As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you’re a certain age, Dec. 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it’s the deadline for withdrawing...
01/13/2017
I have come to the conclusion that today’s society is largely centered around a YOLO, or “you only live once,” mentality. There is no denying that many college students, myself included, find themselves believing that they will be young forever, so...
01/13/2017
When I was a toddler, I was terrified of dogs. Where my parents live — where I grew up — is on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake, and any loud noises from across the lake would echo even louder on our side. So, when the coyotes got the dogs on that side...
01/12/2017
When one walks through the classrooms of Lincoln Parish schools, they will see plenty of learning going on. Students give full attention, and are taught by educators who truly treat their students as one of their own. The Lincoln Parish school...
01/11/2017
Every time I walk down the hallway in my house, I see my great-grandfather. His portrait hangs there, painted by his son, my grandfather. I don’t know much about John Allen Hearn; he was born on March 12, 1839, in Arkansas. Somewhere along the way...
01/10/2017
Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up. The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the...
01/09/2017
What do Timothy Sweet, Lukas Vorsteveld, and Frank Andrew Hoover have in common? Despite Timothy’s last name, none of these men can be classified as sweet. They have all been arrested for stalking country/pop singer Taylor Swift. In 2011, 39-year-...
01/09/2017
In my high school English classes, one of our teachers routinely read aloud to us. I remember our being captivated — even the high school football players — by the voice of Mary Louise Johnston as she recounted the experiences of Pip and Miss...
01/08/2017
Some things I would like to see happen in the sports world in 2017: RETIRE FRED’S TECH JERSEY: It’s time to retire another Louisiana Tech University football jersey number. There’s been two such retirements: Terry Bradshaw’s No. 13 and William...