Commentary

Wed
05
Oct

Letter to Editor: Why I love Sabine Parish

Joy and I spent several years looking for a place to retire. We looked all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana before we decided to buy our home on the lake in Sabine Parish. We moved here in 2017 and have been full time residents for the last five years.

We moved from a good neighborhood in Flower Mound, Texas which is just north of DFW airport in the DFW metroplex. Since I’ve been here I’ve noticed a few differences, here are some: In Dallas my next door neighbor had her pool pump stolen in broad daylight. In Sabine Parish my next door neighbor doesn’t even close his garage door.

In Dallas I spent a lot of time in traffic jams. In Sabine Parish the traffic jam is when ten cars wait at the four way stop in hwy 6.

In Dallas my property tax was about $4000 a year. In Sabine parish its about ¼ of that.

In Dallas I didn’t know most of my neighbors. In Sabine Parish I’ve had dinner with most of my neighbors.

Wed
28
Sep

Anger at police jury continues

How I single handedly terrified the Sabine Parish Police Jury so badly that they had to institute a gag rule

Ok so it wasn’t EXACTLY single handedly, some others said the same or similar things in comments at several Police Jury meetings. But anyway… A few months back the road I drive down (Pilcher Road) was partially milled by the road crew. They left and after nothing happened for three weeks I phoned the Road Supervisor and was told there was no money to blacktop the road and there might not be money for a year or more, possibly several years.

When I asked why they would do something like that without a plan to finish the work I was told, “Well that’s just the way we do things around here.”

Wed
28
Sep

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

DON’T BE FOOLED

Politics nationally is in the air right now, big time, and more than ever. Don’t let yourself get fooled. The Democrats are trying to convince voters that abortion and Donald Trump are the main election issues. That’s why Biden kept throwing MAGA politics so much in his recent speech. President Biden will be the man in charge until 2024. They want to excite you over the recent decision on abortion, but all that will happen from the recent Supreme Court decision is that it will go to the states and they will decide. In the 2020 campaign the Democrats did a good job of making it a referendum on Donald Trump and Covid-19, but now we have seen a far-left agenda at it again..

Wed
21
Sep

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Surviving Spouse Benefits Explained Dear Rusty: If I file at age 63 what percentage does my wife receive if I die? Does this percentage change if I wait to file closer to my full retirement age? And what does my wife receive if I die before I file for my benefits? Signed: Planning Ahead Dear Planning: When you file for your own Social Security benefit will affect the survivor benefit your wife is entitled to as your widow. If you claim at age 63, her benefit as your widow will be based on your age 63 amount. If you wait longer to claim your own Social Security, your own benefit will be higher and so will your wife’s entitlement as your survivor. In other words, your wife’s benefit as your widow will be based on the amount you are receiving when you die, and the longer you wait to claim your own Social Security, the higher your wife’s survivor entitlement will be.

Wed
21
Sep

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

CLOUD ON ACT 246

Rep. Edmond Jordan was the author of Act 246 from this year’s regular session. He stated “In my opinion, it could be interpreted by some to create new opportunities for slavery and involuntary servitude as it is drafted. I would prefer to come back next year with a clean version would not be subject to that interpretation.” Jordan, who is a Democrat, said he reviewed the proposed ballot language and felt that, after consideration, he would come back later and straighten it up. The proposed ballot said: “Do you support an amendment to prohibit the use of involuntary servitude except as it applies to the otherwise lawful administration of criminal justice?” The current language in the Constitution allows for an exception only for a “punishment for crime.” Even the author is not for it.

INVESTIGATIONS FORTHCOMING

Wed
21
Sep

The Sabine Prevention Alliance’s Second Community Forum Deemed a Success

The SPA hosted the second Community Forum, held at the 1st United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, September 10, from 9:00am until 12:00pm. The Forum was attended by the Town of Many Mayor, City Hall Staff and SRO officer, Faith-Partners from Trinity Baptist Church, School District and Ebarb School PALS Representatives, School Resource Officers, Sheriff’s Office representatives, Parents and Youth. The Forum was facilitated by Drew Brooks, CEO of Faith-Partners Inc. and Consultant for the Sabine Prevention Alliance for the past three years.

Wed
14
Sep

This Veterans Day, let’s honor service with service

Every year around this time, our nation reflects on the heroism and sacrifices of our veterans. We honor all those who served and recognize the many men and women who were wounded, made ill or injured in service to this country. Neighbors go out of their way to say thank you to those who wore the uniform. Families recall the brave actions of relatives, passing their stories down from generation to generation.

Lesser told are the stories of those veterans who never stopped serving—the ones who returned home and dedicated themselves to their communities despite the consequences of service or the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life. Marine Corps veteran Randy Schmidt is one such veteran.

Schmidt lost his vision after sustaining injuries in two separate events in Vietnam. First, he was shot in the head by an enemy bullet that pierced his helmet, grazing Schmidt’s head and knocking him out.

Wed
14
Sep

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for  Louisiana Citizens

LOOK AT THE RECORD

As we pointed out many times in the past, we must look at the platform of the candidate or the party they represent, and not just look at the candidate. Almost two years ago we ran an article showing you what we predicted from the new administration. Please take a minute and review what has happened, with the exception of #5 regarding abortions. The Supreme Court took care of that. As we have stated before, Donald Trump is a little too much some times with his personality. But you must look at their party and platform.

#1. The illegal immigration problem will go away because they are just going to let them all in.

#2. The Democrats always profess to tax the rich and corporations, so get ready for tax increases big time. (This happened.)

Wed
07
Sep

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for  Louisiana Citizens

Strong efforts to recall New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is in the works. They must gather 53,000 signatures by February 22nd, 2023, and that should be a gigantic task. Louisiana makes the recall process very difficult. 20% of registered voters in Orleans Parish must sign a petition. The threshold was one-third of registered voters until 2018 when Rep Paul Hollis convinced lawmakers to make the recall law more user friendly. Now the benchmark has been lowered to 20%.

RACISM

Wed
07
Sep

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Is It Always Best to Wait Until Age 70 to Claim Social Security? Dear Rusty: I’m 66 years old and still (self) employed as a home builder. I have not taken Social Security benefits yet, and don’t need to at this time. If relevant, my business struggled when I first started it five years ago, but did well last year, and I’ll have my highest earning year in my life this year and possibly next year as well. My question is, and it may be dumb, is it always best to delay Social Security until age 70 if there is no current financial need for it? Also, are benefits calculated by total dollars earned over a lifetime, or is some kind of average or mean computation used? I’ve enjoyed excellent health throughout my life, and I have longevity in my family. I’m single if that’s relevant. Signed: Planning Ahead Dear Planning Ahead: There is never a dumb question about Social Security because it’s a highly complex program.

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