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Wed
25
May

On the Bright Side

Last weekend, my older son, Reece, came home for the summer after finishing his freshman year at LSU.

And even though his room is full of musical equipment and dirty clothes, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Reece is our musician, so he is often delighting us with jazz music that he plays by ear on the piano.

And even though Reece will soon be busy with a local internship, I’m so glad that his music will fill the house often until mid-August.

My son Bryce just finished tenth grade, and will soon be busy with football practice in the mornings and working the rest of the day. He’s always trying to gain weight, so I’ll be at Kroger twice as often so that I’m prepared when he raids the refrigerator all summer!

And Juliana, who just finished sixth grade, is a competitive swimmer, so we will be at swim practice or swim meets every single day in June.

Wed
25
May

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Will My Husband’s Benefits Continue After He Dies?

Dear Rusty: My husband is 65 and I am 55. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. My question is, will I continue receiving his full social security check every month after his passing? Will the amount decrease? Signed: Tearful Wife

Wed
18
May

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for

THE ABORTION ISSUE The political left, whose criticism of those Supreme Court Justices who might

The political left, whose criticism of those Supreme Court Justices who might overturn Roe vs. Wade, are going all out with harassment by stalking the Justices’ homes in an attempt to intimidate them. Where did they come up with this type of ridiculous idea to do this form of harassment. Probably from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who stood on the Supreme Court steps in March of 2020 as the court considered a previous abortion case and stated, “I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” He literally screamed this speech. He was referring to justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Even worse, he was elected by voters from New York. Vote him out.

Wed
18
May

On the Bright Side

I’m the oldest of three sisters, all whose names start with “A”.

The middle sister, Ann, and I are about eighteen months apart, and then the youngest sister, Ashley, is about six years younger than us.

Despite having little in common in our teen and early adult years, the three of us are now best friends.

But the problem is, there’s an odd number of us. Three.

So that means we sometimes become jealous of each other’s time.

For example, one of our recent ridiculous repartees was about who calls whom after dropping off kids in the morning car line.

‘Well, I would call but the two of y’all are always chatting it up on the way home from car line and won’t answer my calls.’

‘Well, I don’t have a missed call from you.’

‘Okay. Sure.’

‘You’re being ridiculous. We talked for two hours yesterday.’

‘Yeah but you two chat for a long time after car line and no one calls me.’

‘Well, get a grip.’

‘Okay.’

Wed
18
May

LOOKING BACK

LOOKING BACK

25 years ago

May 7, 1997

The Battle of Pleasant Hill was featured in that week’s paper.

The Many Police Department was investigating a rash of burglaries that were happening within city limits.

The Sabine Parish Coroner’s office was preparing to ask the Police Jury for an increase in their budget.

Billy Pickett announced his candidacy for 11 th Judicial Judge.

Fisher Trade Days was ready to rock and roll that weekend.

The Sabine Raceway prepared for a special stock car race that weekend.

Local high school golf teams were allowed to play the brand new course at Cypress Bend.

The Many Tiger track team placed 5 th and 10 th in recent competitions. At their home meet, Douglas Rutherford had longest distance in shot put with a 44 foot, 12 inch throw. Lane Isgitt won the pole vault event with a nine foot, six inch jump.

May 14, 1997

Wed
11
May

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

MOTHERS DAY

We all love(d) our mothers. Those who knew me well, knew how close I was to my mother. My family came through some hard times after the depression and it was through the creativity and compassion pf my mother that we made it alright. We never really had any money following this catastrophe. My mother took up sewing and she got very good at making dresses curtains and various other apparatuses. My dad had to leave to do his trade.

I remember that it was a time that corduroy coats became very fashionable in high school. I saw some at school and man, I really wanted one. My mother got out the sewing machine (operated by foot) and she made me one. I commented after completion whether people would know it wasn’t “store bought.” She remedied that and took a new coat and took the label from that coat and sewed it on mine. Then I was fixed up.

Wed
11
May

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Can a Widower Get Full Survivor Benefits Early?

Dear Rusty: My wife passed from COVID-related heart disease in 2020, just short of her 65th birthday. I will be 66 in May 2023. Do I have any recourse for a part of her benefit? Online at ssa.gov it says I can retire 4 months early due to her passing. Is that true? I’m confused on these issues. Signed: Confused Widower

Dear Confused: Our condolences on the untimely loss of your wife. To answer your question, you are already eligible to collect a survivor benefit from your wife, but you may wish to consider a few points before deciding when to do that:

Wed
11
May

Naomi Judd, Suicide and life’s appointment

We’ve all heard of people who have taken their lives by suicide. We typically wonder why? We wonder what was so bad about their lives that they could not cope another day?

We were shocked by the sudden death of Naomi Judd. She was a country music star and legend. She and her daughter Wynonna had racked up 14 number one hits. They had five Grammy awards and twenty million plus album sales. A new tour was planned for this Fall and the day after her death an induction ceremony was scheduled for the Country Music Hall of Fame. She apparently had it all. She had a long term 30-year marriage, successful daughters and fame and fortune. What more could a human being want? Apparently, something was still wrong.

Depression and mental illness apparently can become a hole so deep and so dark that once someone is in it, they don’t feel they are emotionally able to survive or escape the darkness.

Wed
04
May

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for

STUDENT LOANS

The Biden Administration made steps this week in its student loan forgiveness plan. Taxpayers will pay again for the mistakes of Congress and the Obama Administration. Congress created income based repayment plans in 2007 to help borrowers manage mountains of debt they can’t repay. Democrats made the terms more generous when they nationalized the student loan market to pay for ObamaCare, reducing payments for new borrowers after June 2014 to 10% of their income and canceling debt after 20 years.

Many of these eight million or so borrowers now enrolled in these plans aren’t paying enough to reduce the balances and are not making enough to reduce the balance in twenty years. These loans have continued to accrue interest. Federal loan debt has more than doubled since 2010 even though the number of borrowers has increased by only some 25%. What about those who played by the rules and paid their loan back.

Wed
04
May

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty - I’m Working; Why Hasn’t My Social Security Benefit Increased?

Dear Rusty: I will be 72 in July. I started taking my Social Security at age 64 after a job loss and other items that came up. So, my plan to wait past 68 evaporated, but I have continued to work since that time at a considerably smaller amount. I have contacted Social Security about increasing my “entitlement” since my earnings of late are considerably more than my first few years of earnings. Using the formula of the highest earnings over the last 35 years divided by 420 my monthly increase would be about $500. I›ve contacted Social Security several times about this. Their standard reply is that they evaluate all accounts every October and if any adjustments are to be made, they will be made in March of the following year. Nothing has changed with regards to this as I›ve continued to work. Does the fact that I claimed my benefit at age 64 take me out of the equation? Signed: Working Still at 72

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