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Columns

09/01/2017
With so many people in Texas and Louisiana literally standing in Harvey’s wake, it is only natural to feel the urge to help. There are volunteer opportunities and spots on disaster relief crews, but for those who can’t physically go to comfort those...
08/31/2017
There’s just something about the end of August that continues to haunt the Gulf Coast states.
08/30/2017
With the opening of schools, colleges, and universities, you may be feeling particularly stressed. If you are an employee or employer at any business or organization, you too may be stressed. Stress is tension, the kind we feel when faced with a new...
08/30/2017
What a difference three years have made. The budget upon which Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will vote in September not only includes the standard 2 percent across-the-board raise for the city’s roughly 290 employees, but also reflects more sales tax...
08/29/2017
What have you learned today? I ask a lot of questions. When you ask lots of questions, generally you’re learning something new. The internet is a great place for learning. Being a news junkie, a lot of the time I like to go off the beaten path....
08/29/2017
It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around, we will see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from their yards. It wouldn’t take much...
08/28/2017
I don’t understand why some people are reluctant to plan their funerals. It’s every bit as natural as dying. Unless you do yourself in, you don’t get to pick the time or the place of your death, but deciding what happens afterward is a fairly easy...
08/28/2017
I have always hated taking medicine. Having Muscular Dystrophy has caused me to need to take various pain medications over the course of my life. They all seem to numb the pain, but I never really liked the way they made me feel. Recently, I have...
08/28/2017
If seeing is believing then you must see this. As a neighborhood grocery store camera records, a young woman rounds a corner in a half-sprint with a young man hot on her trail. He stops her and delivers several blows to her head and body. She tries...
08/28/2017
Myłes White is tired of bouncing around in the NFL. You can’t blame him. He is a vintage journeyman. The former Louisiana Tech University wide receiver had been on the fringes of being a full-time contributor with the Green Bay Packers, in addition...
08/26/2017
“Hey Herman, I’ve got a question. What do you think is more important, the sun or the moon?” Herman thought for several minutes, and then answered “I guess it’s the moon. Yep, definitely the moon.” Joe, quite surprised, asked how he could come up...
08/26/2017
Right now Lincoln Parish appears safe for any aftereffects in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast Saturday. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep a watchful eye on Harvey over the next few days. By early Saturday...
08/25/2017
Often in this spot you’ll find instances of how I love bragging on God. Add this to that collection. One of the series of bad choices my youngest son made that led him to that place where he is — Trousdale Turner Correctional Center outside...
08/25/2017
It jumped from a tropical storm to a hurricane in less than a day, and now Hurricane Harvey is headed for the coast. While Texas is predicted to take the brunt of the winds, we will receive most of the rain. In fact, according to Kip Franklin, as...
08/24/2017
There’s no doubt about it, the world is always changing. Events like those in Charlottesville, Virginia, almost felt unfathomable in today’s world. But it did happen and as a result almost all branches of the government at all levels called for...
08/23/2017
My parents never talked to me about the Cold War. The post-World War II tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union that heightened in the early 1960s were just something we lived with. Mama kept bottled water, extra clothes and...
08/22/2017
The mind is a wonderful thing. It begins when we are born and continues until we have to remember someone’s name. It may take years for that to happen, but it’s embarrassing when it does. Don’t be too alarmed. It happens to most everyone. The...
08/22/2017
Football season and fall go hand in hand. This season also reminds me it is time to get back into the garden. Do you recall that cool spell we experienced recently? It’s a promise of cooler days to come — and sooner rather than later we hope.
08/21/2017
I have always been an anxious person. I remember being young and wanting events that were completely out of my control to go smoothly, and being upset when they didn’t. I have always been a people pleaser, so I try my hardest to make everyone around...
08/21/2017
Today’s column is serving as a Happy Anniversary wish to myself. Oh, and to my husband, too. No paper will be printed this year on our actual anniversary, Sept. 4, because it falls on Labor Day, so I’m celebrating early— in print, anyway. Yes, 25...