SUbscriber Login | NEW SUBSCRIPTION  

Opinions / Editorials / Letters

  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ad_flash_adapi() expected to be a reference, value given in /var/www/vhosts/rustonleader.com/httpdocs/includes/module.inc on line 497.

Columns

01/21/2015
Y2K is here. Fifteen years after the feared turn-of-the-century computer meltdown, the calamity finally arrived in Ruston. Well, 14 years, 11 months and about two weeks after The Great Fear, to be exact. That’s when the computer systems at City Hall...
01/19/2015
There are no easy answers. I understand that. And I’m not worried about blame concerning the matter. The question is, when does the bleeding stop, because if it doesn’t, the eventual result is death. Because of free-falling price of fuel, the state...
01/19/2015
In today’s culture, “stalking” is a term that is tossed about fairly freely, often in a joking manner. My own daughters have kidded me about “Facebook stalking” them, just because I viewed a few of their pictures and made comments. (For heaven’s...
01/18/2015
On paper, there will be a battle among four candidates for the starting quarterback job at Louisiana Tech University this fall. But for all intents and circumstances, that job is Jeff Driskel’s to lose. He is, quote-unquote, the “designated starter...
01/17/2015
Anyone who is a regular reader of my column — or who actually sees me on a semi-regular basis — is aware that I lost a significant amount of weight in 2014. Unfortunately, it’s an almost daily battle between my pragmatism that reminds me that I’m...
01/17/2015
Thousands of people recently flooded Memphis as Graceland rolled out the red carpet to mark what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday. Reports shared that many in attendance had been planning for the day since before the previous birthday...
01/17/2015
More medicine?
01/17/2015
Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world. The good news is that you may be...
01/17/2015
We’ve just begun the new year, but the next academic year is still months away. Nonetheless, if you have a child who will be attending college in the fall, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what might be a vital component of paying for his...
01/17/2015
Question: I have been asked to be part of a group that will guarantee a loan for a business deal. I am naturally risk averse and signing such a deal makes me nervous. Yet I am only one among many in the deal and have plenty of other money. What am I...
01/16/2015
Here I sit in my wheelchair waiting for my church granddaughter, Lori James, to come have lunch with me and give me a manicure. I wish you could meet her. She is a darling girl. Her husband’s name is Bobby James. At their house recently, Bobby...
01/16/2015
New Year’s resolutions typically mean people are hitting the gym, health food stores or trying to kick a bad habit. But for the many who don’t create a resolution, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to better themselves. To me it means that those...
01/15/2015
Fun fact: I am named after Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominoes, and Jimi Hendrix’s chosen first name, James. His birth name was John, but he later changed it to James. Just from the heritage of my name, it’s obvious my father, who was...
01/14/2015
They’re real now. Ruston’s new aldermen, the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge and the new district attorney have all raised their right hands and sworn to uphold the laws of the land and of their respective jurisdictions. They’ve gone to...
01/12/2015
Dallas isn’t that far away from Lincoln Parish when looking at the big picture, and something happening there might be worth watching for consideration in our neck of the woods. Officials in the Dallas area have begun formulating plans to handle a...
01/11/2015
A new year has beckoned and that means 12 months of exciting, tough-to-predict happenings in the world of sports. Here are some of our prognostications, observations and suggestions for 2015: WELCOME ABOARD, MIKE: I might be more optimistic and...
01/11/2015
The idea of crisp hotel sheets, airports, train stations and new places gets me excited. In real life, unfortunately, the trip is never as ideal as the imagined, but I wouldn’t really trade any of the experiences I’ve had. Most years, the farthest...
01/11/2015
Need some medicine? One matter I have resolved for this year is to write with a higher percentage of reference to items that are light­hearted. We cannot turn on the evening news without hearing bad news. We hear news of disease, flu, illness, war...
01/10/2015
Question: I am a young person and I see myself as more ambitious than most of the people I know, young or old. I am not going to be content to slowly work myself up some corporate ladder. Where’s the best place for a go-getter like me to get the...
01/10/2015
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with...