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Columns

05/31/2014
“Not me,” you say. You’re young. You’re healthy. You eat right, exercise and get regular check-ups. Just a few of the reasons people today are living longer. In fact, since the 1960s, life expectancy has increased between 1.5 and two years each...
05/30/2014
It’s been a busy week, and I woke up this morning feeling great and ready to meet the day. It was a wonderful feeling. I have to tell you about my Memorial Day celebration. It took place at the home of one of Susan and Jonathan’s neighbors. Before I...
05/29/2014
There are many qualities I find attractive about our state superintendent of schools John White. Unfortunately, none of them are qualities that I would look for in the type of man who runs education for our children. He’s articulate, educated,...
05/28/2014
Businessman Bill Elmore’s entry into the Ruston mayor’s race adds a new dimension to the campaign for the city’s top job. Ronny Walker, who for all practical purposes has been the lone candidate in the race for almost a year, now has competition in...
05/27/2014
This spring season there has been no shortage of cool weather and rainfall. These environmental conditions are conductive to disease development. In the recent weeks many gardeners have brought samples of leaves, flowers and plants with various...
05/27/2014
Many dread the task of maintenance of their lawn such as mowing and watering. In this article are tips that will help you maintain your lawn, keep it in a good healthy condition and have your neighbors envious of your lush green lawn.
05/26/2014
Maybe it’s because I’ve had so many family members serve in the military, but for whatever reason, Memorial Day has always held a special significance for me. My grandmother’s brother Leon died on a battlefield in France during World War I, the “war...
05/24/2014
Think of all the high school athletic teams across the country that have never won a state championship in any sport, much less just one. No telling how many have that dubious distinction. All of which makes what Cedar Creek recently did even more...
05/24/2014
Pardon me while I shy away from all things sports with today’s blog. But I just had to write something about the good time I had last weekend attending the reunion of our 1964 Ruston High School graduation class. If you are keeping score at home,...
05/24/2014
How can war be forgotten? The thought is horrific. War is sometimes necessary. Sometimes  results can be futile if there is no “winner” as such. Wars have been fought over very important issues; sometimes the issues were not as important, at least...
05/24/2014
My friend James Skinner and I were recently talking with several folks about a summer long ago when we worked together. We were both just out of high school and had been hired at Marbury Rexall Drugs, a wonderful opportunity for each of us. However...
05/24/2014
As an adult, summer doesn’t quite have the same appeal as it did when I was a kid. Back then, summer meant long, lazy days to enjoy in the pool, watching my favorite shows or, more likely, buried in a pile of books set to take me off to wondrous,...
05/24/2014
Preparing for retirement requires a plan, and that plan should consist of two important phases: the saving years and the retirement years. To achieve the goal of a financially secure retirement, you will have to make wise decisions during the...
05/24/2014
Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal...
05/24/2014
Question: After the big crash a few years ago I moved all my retirement money into some kind of an annuity. Now I am not sure whether I made the right decision. But how was I to know back then if the market would recover? Answer: You could not know...
05/23/2014
Well folks, I had such a great visit with Erma Hudson that I am still enjoying the afterglow. When my niece Jane was here, I was recovering from my five days in the hospital, but we had a great time without doing much gadding about. But when Erma...
05/23/2014
Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served and sacrificed. The idea of...
05/23/2014
There was a stark contrast between my Dad’s war and mine. Theirs had Rosie the Riveter, rationing coupons, war bonds, Glenn Miller, Bob Hope and Betty Grable. We had Jane Fonda, Mohammed Ali, Abbie Hoffman and Country Joe and the Fish. He had Pearl...
05/22/2014
Illegal Immigration is a problem in this country. So is crime. Let’s release criminal, illegal immigrants back into society, shall we? This is what the Obama Administration did last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as...
05/21/2014
I don’t like to travel. I like to sleep in my own bed, eat my own food — oatmeal and protein bars — and get my clothes out of the closet, not a suitcase. It’s a good thing both for Lincoln Parish and the state of Louisiana that most folks are not...