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Columns

09/06/2014
Question: Despite what everyone says, I do not think our economic hard times are over. I’ve been reading some things that say the Federal Reserve is actually hiding how big our problems really are and that the whole world could be on the brink of...
09/06/2014
Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies....
09/06/2014
He could have chosen any one of three sports to excel in, but James Rodney Richard opted to choose ... Well, all of them. At least during his high school career, that is. And after that, it was a no-brainer. It was all about baseball then and J.R....
09/05/2014
I am a hugger. Most of the time and for most of my life, I have greeted people with a hug, or a pat on the back. For those of you who know me, you already know this about me — and you have probably heard me say that everyone needs at least 12 hugs...
09/05/2014
This has been an unusual week, since it started off with a really weird wreck. Thank goodness, no one was hurt, but you never saw a more messy bunch of cars. Just listen to this: It started out to be an unusually nice day. Granddaughter Susan had...
09/05/2014
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” — Louis Nizer In this business not a day goes by where we don’t...
09/05/2014
Now that we have passed Labor Day, I find myself yearning for fall. We generally think of September as part of the fall season, even though Louisiana weather often disagrees. However, everyone is back in school, football has begun and our minds...
09/04/2014
So once again, my political topic of conversation I had meant for this week’s column has been stunted by my disdain for a particular sector of American society. Last week, it was reality TV. This week, it’s bureaucracy — in particular the...
09/03/2014
Hold that deep breath in a little longer, Ruston. The days of budgetary belt tightening will likely continue for at least another fiscal year. If the city’s board of aldermen does as expected, come Tuesday night it will approve the Hollingsworth...
09/03/2014
Recently, I have spent time working on DART training, education and awareness events for the fall. The first event on our calendar is a clergy training seminar, set from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16 at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. Readers might...
09/02/2014
We are approaching the peak season for tropical storms and hurricanes. When looking at long-term averages of hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin, there is a broad maximum from late August through September with a pronounced peak...
09/02/2014
You’ve heard the saying, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results, that is the definition of insanity. That’s just what many of us do when we decide to make healthy changes to our eating patterns. You start...
08/31/2014
There’s no absence of star power on Lincoln Parish gridirons this season. From running back Jawaun Wright of Ruston High to wide receiver Chester Rogers of Grambling State University, there are plenty of all-star potential performers to circle on...
08/30/2014
Are we now hustling and bustling?  Maybe too much?  Hurry.  Quick.  Now.  Run.  Faster.  These are some of the words bantered during this time of year with the beginning of fall. Then watch out for holiday shopping.
08/30/2014
It’s no secret to anyone that reads my columns that I’ve had a myriad of health issues. Some have been because of the atrocious genetic cards I was dealt. Some, I’m finally willing to admit, I likely contributed to with a bad diet and exercise...
08/30/2014
Question: I am past retirement age and widowed. My two adult sons still depend on me to pay some of their bills. One has a steady job. The other cannot seem to keep steady work. I am worried that when I am gone they will fight over my money, though...
08/30/2014
On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit. But however your grandchildren express their feelings for you, you...
08/30/2014
Protecting your retirement nest egg and sustaining your retirement income are challenging enough. Taking precautions to help guard your investments from fraud is important. People who are older can be common targets for fraud and financial crimes....
08/30/2014
My dad, T.E. “Doc” Harris died in 1976 after a 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as a predator control trapper. I still remember the name of his first supervisor, Joe Miller. I also remember his supervisor...
08/29/2014
I’ve done it again — put off writing my column until late at night. Here’s hoping my brain is not at sleepy as I am. I should have reminded myself earlier of my dad’s  admonition, “Procrastination is neither a Baptist doctrine, nor a virtue.”  OK,...