Commentary

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

Wed
27
Apr

On the Bright Side

Ray Comfort street evangelizes around Huntington Beach, California.

“Do you think you’re a good person?” Ray often begins by inquiring in his kind, Australian accent.

Almost always, the person being interviewed answers, “Yes, I think I’m a good person.”

“How many lies do you think you’ve told?” Ray gently asks.

“Uhhh, probably too many to count.”

“What do you call someone who lies?” Ray asks.

“A liar.”

“So what are you?”

“A liar.”

“Have you ever stolen something, irrespective of its value?”

“Yeah, I have.”

“What does that make you?”

“A thief.” “No,” Ray responds, “a lying thief.”

“No,” Ray responds, “a lying thief.”

Then Ray asks if the person has ever taken God’s name in vain and if the person has ever “looked with lust,” to which basically every person replies “yes” in both cases.

Wed
27
Apr

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

BIDEN - BORDER CRISIS

Wed
27
Apr

Notes from an Old Bible

“And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” Matthew 27

Earthquakes are frequent in the Middle East. So, why should we pay attention to the sudden shaking at Calvary? Because of the timing and the fact that the eyewitnesses “were frightened”. His death was such a dramatic event that even the earth reacted to it. Not just in Jerusalem but the whole world. It’s amazing that although Israel rejected Him and the Roman authority crucified Him, creation always recognized Him. Waves obeyed Him, the water was turned into wine, fishes and bread multiplied at His touch, wind ceased at His command. So, it should be no surprise that the earth shook and trembled at the death of its Creator.

Wed
27
Apr

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – About Payroll Tax and Income Tax on Social Security

Dear Rusty: Is it possible for you to go over how the Federal withholding tax is computed on Social Security benefits? Signed: Curious Taxpayer.

Dear Curious: I’m not sure if you’re asking about how FICA (or self-employment) tax on your earnings from work is determined, or if you’re asking about how much income tax to have withheld from your Social Security benefit, so I’ll address both:

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