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06/20/2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ trademarks, saying they are “disparaging to Native Americans.” This isn’t the first time the federal trademark board has done this. In 1999, they chose to...
06/19/2014
By reading this headline, one would probably assume I’m being snarky. But, think of it in a more literal sense and you’ll begin to understand the context of this column. Everyone makes mistakes. Some small. Some big. Some, in our judicial system’s...
06/18/2014
You have to hand it to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. It’s reached a success level that few, if any, public bodies ever attain. On June 2, the board of aldermen made everybody happy. That’s the night the board unanimously approved the city’s first...
06/17/2014
Lincoln Parish 4-H is having a 4-H Summer Fashion Workshop July 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be held at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex, 2nd Floor at 307 North Homer St. in Ruston, The workshop is for 4th - 8th graders. The workshop...
06/16/2014
Many of you have noticed that the temperatures are finally feeling like summer again, edging up into the 90s over the past couple of days. With children out of school for summer break, mid-afternoons can be a little hot this time of year, but there’...
06/16/2014
When you think of DART and the services we offer, what kind of person comes to your mind? Many of you may say that DART helps women who are being abused. That is true. But DART also serves men who are being abused, which is a growing number. We also...
06/14/2014
Not everybody can be in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which is closing in on yet another induction ceremony this month — Saturday in Natchitoches. But through the years, and despite not being accorded the state’s ultimate honor in sports, there...
06/14/2014
Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I often wonder how I’ve done. More than a birthday or Christmas, Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year. It stirs...
06/14/2014
Pineville and Ruston have a lot in common. So, like many kids who grew up in Ruston, I never saw a homeless person (or at least not someone I realized was homeless) until I took a trip to Washington D.C. in 10th grade. I’ll never forget that first...
06/14/2014
Question: I am very concerned that when I die, my children will have a fight over my estate. Everyone gets along so well now. What can I do to prevent a big fight from happening after I am gone? Answer: Many adult brothers or sisters are not...
06/14/2014
Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. After all, municipal bond interest payments typically are exempt from federal income taxes, and possibly...
06/14/2014
Nearly a quarter of all people ages report they have moved back in with their parents after living on their own. This may not be every parent’s dream, but those who find their once-empty nest a little more crowded can take heart: Your new housemates...
06/13/2014
Summer is definitely here — certainly in Dallas.  However, the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. One day recently, the temperature was 90 and by noon it had dropped to 68. By nightfall it was 77. Seems everyone has had a cold or a bout with...
06/13/2014
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that her family was “not only dead broke, but in debt,” when she and former President Bill Clinton moved out of the White House. She attributed the debt largely to lawsuits and legal...
06/12/2014
When I was a kid, the women on TV that I looked up to were not the ones running (and bouncing) up and down the beach on Baywatch. They weren’t the girls with the latest fashion and never-ending boyfriend drama on Beverly Hills 90210. They wore suits...
06/11/2014
I remember the night Operation Desert Storm began. It was Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991. I was listening to National Public Radio as I drove home from tutoring a student in my study skills class. I was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University....
06/10/2014
The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for volunteers.
06/09/2014
As Father’s Day approaches, we see images of fathers and children everywhere. Television commercials show young dads holding tiny babies or playing with sturdy toddlers, older fathers reaching out to aloof adolescents, grandfathers teaching simple...
06/09/2014
Officials working in Louisiana’s higher education system are breathing easier this week after the state legislative session ended on June 2. That’s because the ax didn’t fall on the higher education budget as it’s consistently done for years now....
06/07/2014
Our two cents worth on various topics in the sports world (or maybe a quarter’s worth): LET’S HONOR DEAN: He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Tech University Hall of Fame. Now, it is time to...