Commentary

Wed
27
May

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – What will my Wife’s Survivor Benefit Be?

Dear Rusty: I am a 68-year-old retired male and had planned on waiting to collect Social Security benefits beginning at age 70. My wife is currently 53 years old. When I die, would my wife’s spousal benefit at her full retirement age be equal to what I would be receiving at age 70 or be reduced? Also, if I were to die before 70 and before collecting social security, what would be my wife’s survivor benefit at her full retirement age? Signed: Older Husband

Dear Older Husband: Your wife’s survivor benefit as your widow will depend upon two things – the amount you were receiving (or were eligible to receive) at your death, and the age at which she claims her survivor benefit as your widow.

 

 

Wed
27
May

Patchwork

Well, I am at it again.

I am riding my recumbent bicycle. What netter way to get some exercise during this Covid-19 disaster??

Several years ago, I was up to five miles a day. Hubby dear added the bike and a big screen television to my library, which he sneakily turned into an exercise room. He figured I could kill two birds with one stone---ride my big and watch my favorite show, NCIS with Leroy Jethrow Gibbs (Mark Harmon). He thinks I’m exercising, when I am actually chasing Gibbs on my bike!!

 

 

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Wed
13
May

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

The battle of the swamp is getting worse and worse. With the cornavirus dilemma it has strengthened the Democrats quest and determination to dethrone Trump from power. The Democrats main source of power at this time is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She is able to finagle and enhance her power through the issues of this virus. Congress’s absence makes it easier for her to do back room deals and she has taken advantage of this. She has consolidated the power of institution in her person the way she wants to do it with no one there to speak up. Mrs. Pelosi has made herself the sole voice of a negotiator for the House as it passes massive funding and regulatory bills. As Congress sits at home, they don’t hear about legislative compromises and break-throughs between the Chairman and ranking members.

Wed
13
May

Patchwork

We’re all in this together! Newspaper ads, commercials and day-to-day conversation tell us that we are struggling during this pandemic. Honestly, I never thought I would have to live through these dark days in America’s history. My grandmother went through the Great Depression…and now this Grammie is surviving the Pandemic of 2019 and beyond.

Those of us who have lived a relatively long like, remember significant happenings that have marked time in our memories. To some, it was the bombing of Pearl Harbor and World War II; to others it was President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and to still others it was 9-11. Looking back, it seems like we measure the years in big events that have affected our lives.

Stop for a moment and think what we have learned from these huge happenings in our lives.

 

 

Wed
29
Apr

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

COVID-19 AND BLACK RESIDENTS

Wed
29
Apr

Patchwork

How do you know when you’ve been quarantined too long??

--Staying up too late and watching too many westerns!! I think I have a crush on Matt Dillion!

--Cleaning out a recipe box or organizing pictures.

--Looking forward to doing the laundry.

 

 

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Wed
18
Mar

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Most Americans actually realize that Donald Trump is not responsible for this virus. Coronavirus came out of nowhere and we know it must run its course. Of course, the media representing the left will exploit this situation and do what the media generally does and blame Trump. So we should just keep calm and patient and things will work out. Many predict this virus will end when the weather get a little warmer. Let’s keep our heads and we will work out of this mess.

THE POOR AND POLITICS

Wed
18
Mar

Patchwork

My new closet, which is 10’ x 12’, is complete and I have spent the last week moving in. What a job!!

However, I’ve already decided that I have too much stuff. (I never would have thought I’d admit that!)

While hanging up and coordinating clothes (all the jeans together, slacks all the way to long gowns and on to tops) I took the time to toss a few items I haven’t worn in a long time.

 

 

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Wed
11
Mar

Letters to the Editor

Louisiana’s LNG industry continues to bring significant benefits to both the global energy market and to the state’s economy. Earlier this week Cameron LNG announced that its second liquefied natural gas production unit is now operational at its Hackberry, Louisiana facility. With a third train yet to be completed, the ongoing expansion of their natural gas export capacity represents a major victory for American energy independence and economic prosperity.

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Wed
11
Mar

Patchwork

My grandchildren would be surprised that I had a life as a teenager before I was their Grammie.

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