Commentary

After tossing the chalk into the air, I asked, “What made the chalk fall to the floor?” I answered my own question, saying, “You think it’s gravity, but it is the little green people. They live in the air and are cleaning their homes.” I then gave a 15-minute speech on the little green people. I had one in my pocket. Part of my speech was a brief dialogue with my invisible friend, one of the little green people.

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I read much of the time, and before Hurricane Ike destroyed a great deal of the Bolivar Peninsula, I had quite a personal collection of good books. Some might not seem like significant works to others, but to me, they were old and dear friends. I might not be able to tell you the exact page number of a certain quote or story, but I could come very close to opening many of my books and pointing to the left top or the bottom right of the page where the writing nested. I had used many of these books for quote sources or good illustrations in all of these years of writing.

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Once again, it is time for the “People’s Law School,” the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country. This is your chance to learn more about your legal rights, and have fun at the same time.

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Since Toyota launched the world’s first mass-produced gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle, the Prius, it has sold more than 3.5 million worldwide. And for 2016, Toyota is introducing the all-new fourth-generation Prius. This new version features a pleasing design, higher fuel economy ratings and comfortable interior.

Making the Grade

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In May 1965, Carolyn Ann Bellue and myself graduated from Northwestern State College (NSC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, which became Northwestern State University (NSU) in 1970.

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Q. Is it against any law to negotiate rental rates? Could it be considered discrimination if a landlord charges different rates for the same size apartment?

A. Discrimination is basically treating one person better or worse than another. It is discrimination to charge different people different rent for the same apartment. Discrimination, however, is not per se illegal. In fact, it is not uncommon for a seller to charge different prices to different customers. I am sure that many people who buy the same type of car pay very different prices.

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I wrote recently about some of the budgeting lessons I learned from my precious Mama Cole while I lived in her home from the time of my birth until my biological mother remarried and moved me to the Atlanta area of Georgia. Mama Cole did not believe in owing anyone and was adamant that if we could not pay cash for it, we could not have it.

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The Nissan Sentra compact sedan has achieved some impressive numbers over its more than 30 years and seven generations of production. In the United States alone, over 4 million Sentras have been sold. Sentra is also Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle, behind Altima and Rogue. And since the introduction of the latest generation design in fall 2012, Sentra has experienced growth in sales and market share, making it one of Nissan’s fastest growing nameplates.

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Albert Nolen

The gold that glittered … Many special agents volunteering for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas Go for the Gold fundraiser this year — complete with Goldfinger theme — did an outstanding job selling almost all of the 450 tickets available. Last Thursday evening, March 10, agents, guests and maybe even some spies descended upon the museum for the reverse drawing toward $10,000 in gold coins.

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Beautiful blooms … The Magnolia Garden Club will host a flower and horticulture show with the theme “Birds & Blooms” at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas from April 5-6. The show is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Admission is free. The show will be held in conjunction with the AMSET exhibit Birds in Art, artwork featuring birds in various media taken from a national juried competition at the Woodson Art Museum.

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