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Columns

04/17/2015
Happening today: Louisiana Tech’s School of Design invites the public to an opening reception for Material Landscapes, tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. in the first floor gallery of Hale Hall on the Tech University campus. Material Landscapes will be on...
04/17/2015
On March 23, 2009, I awoke at 4 a.m. with sharp pains in what felt like my lungs and stomach. I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time, so this was incredibly frightening. This was my first child and I had no idea what labor pains felt...
04/16/2015
I hear it all the time. “It’s just a game, Derek. There’s far more important things in life than watching your teams play.” I think George Will, a newspaper columnist, said it best. “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon...
04/15/2015
It’s official. Lincoln Parish is growing. Updated Census data released in late March shows the parish population grew by 1.5 percent between 2010 — the date of the last decennial count — and 2013. Choudrant grew; Dubach grew; Grambling grew; Ruston...
04/13/2015
Local education administrators, faculty and staff members and parents of school-aged children will all be keeping a keen eye on Baton Rouge for the next two months as the 2015 Louisiana legislative session begins today.
04/13/2015
This past weekend, I was doing some essential spring gardening — lifting up the bricks which line my flower beds, and putting several layers of newspaper underneath before flipping them over and setting them down again. Not only does this create a...
04/11/2015
I have vivid memories of taking class field trips to Poverty Point when I was in elementary school. Friday many of those memories came surfacing back when we received a book in the Ruston Daily Leader mail titled “Poverty Point: Revealing The...
04/11/2015
Is there anything significant about this week in history? I’m not talking about the “dreaded” tax day, April 15. Today’s references are about major moments in our nation’s history. This is the sesquicentennial — 150th — anniversary of red letter...
04/11/2015
I am a Motown fan and as far back as I can remember I have been. There’s something absolutely infectious about the music that was produced in Berry Gordy’s self-made melodic empire. In fact, one could argue that Motown ruled the musical roost during...
04/11/2015
Generally, you feel better — more confident — when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s...
04/11/2015
Next week, we observe the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has inspired millions of people to take action to improve the environment. But the lessons of environmentalism can also be applied to other areas of life...
04/11/2015
Question: What do you think is the next financial crisis ahead for our country and what can we do to get ready for it? Answer: Often when I get this one, the questioner is looking for me to sanction some version of “start a garden, clean your gun...
04/11/2015
Larry Cordaro didn’t just make a debut appearance as head coach for LSU-Alexandria men’s basketball this year. He became the most popular person on campus. Under the leadership of the Ruston native and Ruston High School graduate, the start-up...
04/11/2015
One day this past week, Marnie, her son Cade and I had a wonderful day with my church granddaughter, Lori  and her son Russell, who is a year older than Cade. I wasn’t sure how the boys ages 12 and 13 would do on first acquaintance, That seems like...
04/10/2015
One of our biggest Dixie Center for the Arts events is right around the corner. On April 18,the 10th annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will again grace the historic Dixie stage. The show begins at 6 p.m. featuring songs that we know and...
04/10/2015
With Earth Day coming up on April 22 and this week’s Think Green Early Event at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, I began to think about how important it is that we not only take steps to be more environmentally-friendly...
04/09/2015
Three years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a journalism conference in Tennessee. During my trip to the conference, my professor, another student and I made a pit stop in Memphis, Tennessee. We explored several places, but what caught my eye...
04/08/2015
Back during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, the escape plan for Barksdale Air Force Base was to beat a fast path to the Louisiana Tech University campus. Obviously, the giant B-52s of the 2ND Bomb Wing couldn’t come, but the essential...
04/06/2015
A small boy arrives at DART’s shelter, angry and confused about the violence he has seen at home between his mother and his father. During Children’s Group, our child advocate and a student intern teach a fun lesson called “Hands Are Not For...
04/06/2015
It really isn’t a funny situation, but a crucial one facing our state legislators as they move toward next week’s start of the legislative session. Under the worst-case scenario of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget, the state’s college and universities...