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Columns

09/02/2016
Like a crisp breeze on an autumn morning, change has come whirling through Grambling State University. This change is sweet and crisp like fresh peaches during a scorching summer; savory. GramFam has finally gotten a president that matches their fly...
09/01/2016
Some folks get it and some don’t. Some people like football and some just don’t understand the sport’s appeal — to each his own. I don’t understand how NASCAR fans can watch three hours of automobiles riding in circles, but that’s none of my...
08/31/2016
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part column on treating teens with depression. Treatment The first step in treating your teenager with major depression is to obtain an accurate diagnosis from a health care provider (primary care...
08/31/2016
Both of my grandparents’ houses had front porches. But the one at 452 Columbia St. in Shreveport was my favorite. Maybe that’s because we visited it more often than the one on Milan Street in New Orleans. Or maybe it was because Mamaw’s porch in...
08/30/2016
Forget Porgy and Bess, the words from the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin must have actually been written for gardeners experiencing an August with unexpected rainfall. The living really has been easy. It is such a treat to lazily linger over...
08/29/2016
Last week, I introduced five of this year’s Men Standing Strong Team Leaders: Drake Mills, Gary Stokley, Brian Smith, Clarence Williams, and Wilbert Ellis. Today I will introduce the remaining five leaders. The entire group is an impressive one,...
08/29/2016
Driving through Bastrop, admiring the city’s courthouse while returning from our Sweet Adelines chorus gig in Oak Grove, I saw those infamous, pretty blue lights flashing. “I couldn’t possibly have been speeding,” I thought. But I dutifully pulled...
08/29/2016
For a program long steeped in a tradition of throw and catch, it’s usually a given that either a quarterback or wide receiver will hog the headlines at Louisiana Tech University. From Terry Bradshaw to Tommy Spinks and from Tim Rattay to Troy...
08/28/2016
I kept waiting for Billy Cannon to pull back his chair and leave the table covered with an assortment of items that were a microcosm of his playing career. But he wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. On last Saturday afternoon in Ruston, when the sun finally came...
08/27/2016
Every time I drive down Tech Drive I think of the comedian Leo Gallagher. Yep, the “Sledge-O-Matic” guy who did all the watermelon smashing back in the 1980s. And believe me, at least once I day, I probably feeling like smashing watermelons — or...
08/27/2016
The damage from “the unnamed storm” is still widespread, costly and painful.  It did not “go away” in a week. We did not know the extent of the less-than-week-old flooding as it was discussed before. It was far worse than anyone imagined.
08/27/2016
Graduations, holidays, birthdays, and weddings are just some of the life events that can make us think about large gifts to children and grandchildren. “Often, we want the next and future generations to have a better and easier life than we’ve had...
08/27/2016
Question: I have seen some ads for people that will buy my pension for cash. How do I tell if that is a good deal? I really need some money now and this would come in very handy. Answer: Be very careful. That may be Mr. Potter knocking at your front...
08/27/2016
On Sept. 5 we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there’s a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits — many of which also...
08/26/2016
 NCLAC recently announced an exhibit of paintings by artist Molly Butler. Butler, winner of Best in Show at this year’s Peach Art Exhibit, was awarded this solo exhibition as part of her prize. Her exhibition will be on display from now until Oct....
08/26/2016
Having grown up in north Louisiana, I’ve never personally witnessed my friends standing outside of their demolished, water-crushed homes wishing they didn’t have to borrow clothes from others because theirs are soaked and caked with mud, or seeing...
08/26/2016
If you were to ask an 18-year-old if he likes college, the people, the parties, the girls, the freedom and he replied, “Yes! I love it!” His tone would take a turn if you then added, “Good thing, you’ll still be here in 20-plus years.” If this...
08/25/2016
It all started with a budget crisis. Grambling State University’s laboratory schools Alma J. Brown, Grambling Middle and High schools were threatened with extinction as a result from major budget deficits the university faced. Here’s to you, Bobby...
08/24/2016
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column on recognizing the signs of depression in teens. Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult. Major depression in your...
08/24/2016
You almost have to feel sorry for the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative. For 14 years now, they’ve faithfully made repeated trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, D. C., in search of money for $100 million for a pipeline project aimed at...