Commentary

Wed
21
Apr

On the Bright Side

My daughter Juliana turned eleven recently.

On the way home from a fun day of manicures, lunch at Gibbons (her request), and two scoops of Gold Medal Ribbon at Baskin-Robbins, she asked me, “Mama, tell me about your eleventh birthday!”

My mind took me back to November 1987. I was in sixth grade at the old Johnson Elementary in Mansfield.

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Wed
14
Apr

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

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BIG MESS AT THE BORDER

The problem at the border was fixed during the Trump presidency after a few bumps early on, but since Joe Biden has taken over, the problems have reoccurred and it is much, much worse. As an example: it was reported that the family unit holding cells smelled with urine and vomit. Up to eighty individuals are crowded into 24’ x30’ cells and there aren’t enough mattresses for everyone. Sheets of plastic divide the rooms and the smell is overwhelming.

Health & Humane Services confirmed a few weeks ago that they are holding approximately 14,500 children and to date that number if increasing. Convention centers in several cities are now being opened up as housing for the children. Most recently it is in San Diego. Most of the unaccompanied minors come from the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Wed
14
Apr

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Can I Still Suspend My Social Security Benefits?

Dear Rusty: Is it still possible to suspend Social Security benefits for a time? And, if so, how often? Signed: Curious Senior

Dear Curious Senior: If you have already reached your full retirement age and are receiving Social Security benefits which you claimed earlier, you can voluntarily suspend your benefits to earn Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs) and get a higher benefit amount when your payments are resumed. While your benefit payments are suspended, you will earn an additional .67% for each full month of suspension (8% per full year of suspension). If you wish to do so, you can suspend until you are 70 years old, after which you will no longer receive Delayed Retirement Credits, and your benefit will have reached maximum.

Wed
14
Apr

On the Bright Side

Our family is grieving.

Last week, our beloved two-year-old miniature schnauzer, Charli, passed away. She escaped through our backyard gate that was inadvertently left open and immediately took off running toward the highway. She was hit by a car.

I have written many times about my two schnauzers, Kaiser and Charli, and how much they are a part of our family and our hearts.

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Wed
07
Apr
Wed
07
Apr

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

It is Child Abuse Awareness Month, this month has been set aside to help people be aware of things that are happening in their own neighborhoods, maybe next door, or anywhere there are children. The Child Advocacy Centers are all around Louisiana. There are 15 in the state. Child Advocacy Centers are a place where a child can come, feel safe, and tell their story of past or present abuse they have gone through. The state of Louisiana has served 5,285 children in 2020, 58% of the abuse is sexual abuse. 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. These are some facts we all need to be aware of. As we all come together this month, be aware of where our children are and have that conversation about safe touches to help them understand that NO means NO and no one is allowed to do anything to them without their consent.

Wed
07
Apr

On the Bright Side

A couple of weekends ago when my husband and two sons were out of town, my daughter Juliana and I decided to spend the night with my parents in Mansfield.

We also brought our two miniature schnauzers, Kaiser and Charli, with us. They dearly love to run in the country and “chase the donkeys.”

After supper on Saturday night, we began watching the news because severe weather was on the way, including a strong possibility of tornadoes.

“Let’s take a walk before the weather hits,” Dad said. “I want to show you my new storage building.”

The schnauzers came with us as we went in and out of Dad’s multiple storage buildings, about 150 yards away.

When we returned to the house, Juliana said, “Kaiser is underneath the coffee table chewing on something green! What is that?”

Dad panicked because he recognized the green block as Tomcat Mouse Killer that he had put out in one of the older buildings.

 

 

 

Wed
31
Mar

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

PRESIDENT BIDEN WON’T ENFORCE LAW

Based on the way the Democrat Congress tried to investigate or impeach former President Donald Trump it seems like that should be in order with President Biden. He has made it clear he would not enforce the law to his immigration enforcement people. Quickly after Biden was elected he put a stop to all the progress that had been made and now we have a real mess. When he was swore in to be president his oath said he would defend our laws and he has basically ordered ICE to stand down and not deport undocumented foreign nationals. As was stated by one commentary, this is like Mr. Biden telling the IRS to cease accepting tax returns or the CIA to stop accumulating information on China. This is dereliction of duty.

Wed
31
Mar

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty — Will Inheritance Money Affect My Social Security?

Dear Rusty: I will turn 66 this year and am considering claiming my Social Security. I have already applied for Medicare. My parents passed on several years ago, and the estate will probably settle this year. I would like to know if my inheritance money will have any effect on my social security benefits. If so, how? Signed: Wondering Heir

Dear Wondering: No, your inheritance money from your parents’ estate will not affect your gross Social Security benefit in any way. Your monthly SS benefit is based solely on your lifetime earnings record from working, and income from other sources is not counted when computing your Social Security benefit amount. But if you claim your benefits and have your Medicare Part B premium deducted from your Social Security payment, it’s possible your inheritance could affect your Medicare Part B premium amount, thus lowering your net Social Security payment.

 

 

Wed
31
Mar

On the Bright Side

One of my favorite T-shirts simply has the word “Tetelestai” on the front.

This was the last thing Jesus said in John 19:30 before he died on the cross.

“Tetelestai” means “It Is Finished” in Greek.

It’s extremely important to know that Jesus spoke in the perfect tense when He said “It is finished.” Speaking in the perfect tense is very rare in the New Testament and there is no English equivalent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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