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06/06/2015
Of the three full time individuals in the newsroom, each of our parents have been divorced — some multiple times. For instance one coworkers parents divorced and remarried one another a second time, before finally calling it quits. My mom is on her...
06/06/2015
Is it a little early? Flag Day in our country is next Sunday, June 14. I don’t think that it is ever too early to honor the flag and what it symbolizes. I hope that we never reach the time in our history that it is too late. Before discussing the “...
06/06/2015
Using the words from William Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” I begin to reflect via this poetic excerpt to characterize my own feelings as I depart service with this outstanding school district. How you...
06/06/2015
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners and spouses?” Chances are — even if you did answer “yes” — you’ve...
06/06/2015
Question: I’m looking for ways to cut expenses and make the most out of my spending. What kind of rewards card do you recommend? Answer: The best rewards card I’ve ever been able to find is the one with the financial planner’s name on it that is...
06/06/2015
We all make excuses. Most of the time, they’re pretty harmless. But you could be hurting yourself if you make excuses for not taking action in some areas — and one of those areas is investing.
06/06/2015
When I was in college in Texas, I had a part-time job as a nurse’s aid with Home Health Care. My job was to sit with an elderly lady named Myrtle. Myrtle’s daughter, Bea, was the one to whom I was accountable. Myrtle was 94 years old; Bea was 70;...
06/06/2015
First off, I want to say happy anniversary  to Susan and Jonathan and happy 12th birthday on June 6 to my special great grandson, Cade, in Alabama. They are all very special to me.
06/05/2015
Vanity Fair released a preview of their July issue on June 1, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, on the cover. Sixty-five-year-old Jenner recently underwent a public gender transition that has placed him back in the spotlight...
06/04/2015
By the time you read this column, Grambling State University will hopefully have selected the university’s new leader. After many months and three days worth of interviews with the final five candidates, the long journey to finding a replacement to...
06/03/2015
I never liked grammar units in English class. Despite my mother’s tutoring, I couldn’t — and still can’t — diagram a sentence much further than the subject, predicate, adjectives and adverbs. My college journalism teacher always told me I used too...
06/02/2015
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 300 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents and volunteers as they learned “Be Life Smart with Life Skills” at the 2015 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day held May 13, at the North Louisiana...
06/01/2015
As we move into June, it’s a tale of two very different summers for our universities here in Lincoln Parish. At Louisiana Tech University, officials are beginning the summer quarter this week while also basking in good news like the fact that the...
06/01/2015
Last week, Ruston Daily Leader staff reporter Derek Amaya wrote a provocative column about a recently disturbing bit of legislation to pass through the State House of Representatives. We want to thank Amaya for his attention to this bill, which is...
05/30/2015
This past week I was informed that I was a “health nut.” I was taken aback by the statement, because while I do like to workout and eat healthier foods — I don’t consider myself a health nut. I am by no means obsessed with my health. I eat what I...
05/30/2015
“Tomorrowland” is an uneven film. It gets off on the wrong foot, builds promisingly, has a terrific middle, but then stumbles and meanders its way toward an underwhelming conclusion. Let’s get the worst scene out of the way first. At the 1964 World’...
05/30/2015
Well, there goes May. How fast ti,e flies. I always heard it seem to go much faster when you’re old — I know now, it is true. I have never ever seen weather quite like this. I saw a funny picture in the paper of a church sign, which read, “If you’...
05/29/2015
Summer has officially begun in Ruston, bringing us sunshine and fun times. We are kicking off a summer of art with two new gallery exhibitions. Gary Zumwalt’s colorful landscape and wildlife photographs are on display at Parish Press through July 21...
05/29/2015
On Wednesday, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty. Nebraska’s landmark decision as a conservative state gives me hope that one day other conservative states will follow suit. And eventually, perhaps, the death penalty will...
05/28/2015
According to The Times-Picayune, the Louisiana Legislature and Gov. Bobby Jindal fully backed a sweeping package of anti-domestic violence bills last year. Fast-forward to this year and Louisiana could have become a trailblazer for laws aimed at...