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Columns

04/23/2015
Cars never interested me. I do not like the corny car commercial. The one sport I really do not watch is NASCAR and I drive an 18-year-old SUV that I do not plan on throwing away for at least another four years — that is, if it does not break down...
04/22/2015
Ask almost any health care provider what they think about Medicaid and chances are they’ll answer with some variation of Charles Dickens’ “best of times, worst of times” line. Since its start in 1965, Medicaid has become the nation’s main public...
04/22/2015
Ask almost any health care provider what they think about Medicaid and chances are they’ll answer with some variation of Charles Dickens’ “best of times, worst of times” line. Since its start in 1965, Medicaid has become the nation’s main public...
04/20/2015
I could hear the sleepy mutters of complaint early Sunday morning, blaring almost as loudly as the storm sirens wailing outside. OK, I’ll admit the mutters were my imagination at work, but I have no doubt plenty were being made by many of those...
04/20/2015
I can hardly contain my excitement over DART’s newly-adopted NO MORE campaign. In case you missed my column last month, I explained that DART has decided to incorporate the noted and powerful NO MORE campaign which was introduced by Law & Order...
04/18/2015
Rays of sunshine are making themselves a constant around the area, and with that comes one major concern: skin cancer. I will be honest, I am guilty of not wearing sunscreen. I am guilty of laying in the tanning bed. I am even guilty of donning the...
04/18/2015
Spring is here. So are multitudes of flowers and bugs. We at the Science and TechnologyEducation Center in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University get very excited this time of year. During this time, there is so much you can learn...
04/18/2015
Keep your fingers crossed for me. I’m going to do something this week I haven’t done except sporadically for the last few years. I’m going to play bridge. They assured me that it is like riding a bike, once you know how to ride, you never forget....
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...