Commentary

Wed
08
Jun

What victim blaming looks like

Now more than ever, we could argue that our default mode when hearing the news is to be skeptical. Thanks to the internet, anyone with wi-fi has a platform to be published. So often, the race to break a story first trumps accuracy, and us readers are left to do the fact-checking on their own.

Which is why, when survivors make the brave decision to come forward with stories of surviving abuse they’re not always met with an overwhelming chorus of support.

That’s too crazy to be true.

He’d never do that- he doesn’t seem like the type.

She just wants her 15 minutes of fame.

Whether we Tweet it, type it or merely think it, these types of statements are a form of victim-blaming, also called victim-shaming. And they’re destructive. They re-traumatize and degrade survivors. They convince other survivors to stay silent, which in turn allows their perpetrators to get away without consequence.

Wed
08
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

NUMBER ONE

We have always wanted to be #1 and we have obtained that status, but we might not be proud of it. The ten states with the highest homicide rate per 100,000 are: Louisiana - 12.4; Missouri - 9.8; Nevada - 9.1; Maryland - 9.0; Arkansas - 8.6; Alaska - 8.4; Alabama - 8.3; Mississippi - 8.2; Illinois - 7.8; South Carolina - 7.8. So we have topped the list and are now number one. Let’s look at another list. That would be “What are the most dangerous states.” The number one on that list is Mississippi. Their score is 32.00. The second most dangerous state, though, is Louisiana. Louisiana has one of the highest unemployment rates, sitting a 8.3%. Keep those figures in mind when you get ready to go into the voting booth in the next couple of years.

BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE

Wed
08
Jun

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Can My In-laws Get Supplemental Security Income?

Dear Rusty: I am wondering what the income limit is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility. My in-laws are in their 70’s. both drawing Social Security, and each has a pension from jobs they retired from. I am wondering if they are eligible to collect SSI. They have income from all sources that is over $2100 per month, they are on Medicaid, but they have no savings and few assets. I have been told by a random family member that they are eligible for SSI, but with their income I have my doubts. All of my online hunt and peck research has made this as clear as mud. Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Signed: Helpful Daughter-in-Law

Wed
08
Jun

Notes from an Old Bible

“I the Lord do not change…” Malachi 3:6 God does not change. Who He is never changes. His attributes are the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. His character never changes, He never gets better or worse, He never gets tired, His plans never change, His promises never change. His nature never changes, so this means that He’s totally dependable! This should give us great joy because we know that His promise for life eternal will never change, and we can rest assured that what He has promised will come about. Not trouble, not hunger, not hardships, not danger or persecution will separate us from His love and promises. His attribute of immutability I think is one of the hardest for Christians to grasp. He does not experience an emotional life in the way we do. He knows everything there is to know, which does not take Him by surprise. He does not have changeable passions as we do.

Wed
01
Jun

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Must I Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits?

Dear Rusty: I do not recall the rules on my income tax obligation for Social Security benefits. Can you please explain these rules to me? Signed: Senior Taxpayer

Dear Senior Taxpayer: I’ll be happy to review the rules about income tax on Social Security benefits for you. If your combined income from all sources is low enough, your Social Security benefits aren’t subject to being taxed by the IRS. But some of your Social Security benefits will become taxable if your combined income from all sources exceeds certain thresholds, and the thresholds are dependent on your tax filing status (single or married).

Wed
01
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

IGNORING HIS DUTY

Jessie Waters asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott if President Biden had ever even called to talk to him about the border situation. We all know the president hasn’t been there and migrants are flooding into the United States like never before. His answer was simply “no.” They expect close to six million migrants entering the United States and three million of them will come into Texas. This problem being like it is, our President has never even consulted with the governor of the state about the border. In addition to this fact, he has not even visited the border. This is clearly dereliction of his duty and he is testing the American people to see if we really care. What’s sad is that this has become old news to the American people and the number protesting is dwindling. Biden’s border policy is simply dereliction of duty and an impeachable offense.

STRANGE, STRANGE SITUATION

Wed
01
Jun

Notes from an Old Bible

What are God’s attributes? What do they mean and why it matters!

When we talk about attributes of God, we are basically trying to answer questions like, who is God, what is God like, what kind of God is He? An attribute of God is something true about Him. I know our minds cannot fully comprehend who God is because we are limited as human beings. But God does make Himself known in a variety of ways and He reveals Himself and His ways in His Word and in His creation. This lets us wrap our minds around Him as Creator and God.

Wed
25
May

Notes from an Old Bible

God is worthy of your worship because God’s will brought all things into existence. God made the decision to create ALL things and to have ALL things exist. I believe that God is worthy of worship because He created you and me and He decided for us to exist. He is ruling, exerting His authority, He sustains the world and creation. If we are not interested in giving glory, honor, and thanks to the Lord who sits on the throne while on the earth, what makes you and I believe that we will be in heaven where this is all that happens day and night? If you and I are unwilling to choose worshiping God now, why do you think we will be in heaven where every created being worships Him?

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

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