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08/05/2017
It was announced earlier this summer that Louisiana has written a 50-year, $50 billion master plan to save its coast. While not yet fully funded, the plan calls for spending $25 billion on restoring lost sections of land and $6 billion on elevating...
08/05/2017
A mid-summer phenomenon kicked off for the first time three years ago and is about to make its appearance again. The Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will hold its annual banquet Thursday night at the Ruston Civic Center. The first...
08/04/2017
Several times over the last few years you’ve learned how the author is amazed at the heart of people in Union Parish. That sentiment is going to take an unexpected turn today and ask the question: Can people be kind to a fault? Sadly, it seems they...
08/04/2017
Let the viewing party planning begin. In just two weeks, the Great American Eclipse will make its way across the United States. If you want to catch it locally that Monday, there is a unique opportunity to do so in a beautiful, natural environment...
08/03/2017
Down in the recesses of Louisiana Tech University’s Keeny Hall, you used to be able find a mischievous, ragtag group of young “rebels” working diligently on reporting the happenings of campus life. Those “rebel rousers” were college-aged journalists...
08/02/2017
If you are living with a mental illness, do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers/ peers have enriched or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society. National Alliance on...
08/02/2017
The year I was born, the French withdrew their military support from Vietnam. By the time I started first grade in 1960, the Vietcong had formed under the name of the National Liberation Front for South Vietnam. I was in high school when the Tet...
08/01/2017
What random acts of kindness have you done lately? Perhaps it is time for us to be more aware of how our behavior affects others. Kindness is contagious. You know how good you feel for having helped someone, and you make the world a better place —...
08/01/2017
I see that many home gardens that were started this spring are coming to an end this year. A few plants are still putting out but many have finished producing quality vegetables. Spring gardening has really grown in past years and many of us enjoy...
07/31/2017
A Florida man was recently charged with “transporting illegal aliens” after at least 10 people died in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, reports NPR. There were a total of 39 people in the trailer, all of whom were immigrants. Before I...
07/31/2017
Instead of choosing a career in sales, sometimes I wish that I had gone on to medical school and became a doctor. I don’t think the fact that I spent half my scholastic life on academic probation, and the only science class I ever passed was...
07/29/2017
It feels like a game of chicken by a schoolyard bully, but one with dangerous and international consequences. The “game” of chicken is a model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while it is to both players...
07/29/2017
Question: The stock market is at an all time high. Does that mean it is a good time to get back in, or is it too late? Answer: As I am writing this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stands at about 21,500. Higher than it’s ever been. Is this good...
07/29/2017
When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of...
07/29/2017
Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during...
07/28/2017
Other than Sweetie, Jerry Jones has been perhaps my best friend. The other Jerry Jones. Not the one who owns the Dallas Cowboys, but the one who retired as district attorney for Morehouse and Ouachita parishes last year. We became acquainted...
07/28/2017
Over the weekend, my husband and I went to my parent’s house to have a short staycation with my family. It is a short drive from my parent’s house to the beautiful Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches. More than 600,000 acres of forest,...
07/27/2017
Through the chaos and celebrations on the streets of New Orleans’ world famous French Quarter, former Times Picayune journalist Chris Rose weaves his Magical Musical Mystery History Tour to several historic landmarks. “This is unlike any tour you’ve...
07/26/2017
Every week or so Roderick Goldsmith makes time to go fishing in the pond at Mayfield Park. “It’s OK, if you can avoid the turtles,” Goldsmith said, after a short Monday morning excursion during which nothing so much as nibbled at the cricket on the...
07/25/2017
This year we have heard a lot of talk about ethics. We hear mostly about government ethics committees, ethical or unethical people in business, medicine, education, churches. My own definition was a bit limited: An ethical person is honest and of...