Ask Rusty – Taxing Social Security Benefits

Dear Rusty:  My wife started collecting Social Security at her full retirement age of 66. I am 60 and still working, and I think it is unfair that we must add her Social Security earnings to mine when we file…
Mommy Moments

Thinking back, my life before kids seem so foreign! I feel like I’m not even living in the same life. At the end of October, I will have been a mother for four years, but I feel as though my…
Hat Tips

Hello, As I write this, hurricane Irma is winding down. Still pounding northern Florida and up into Georgia, but it appears the worst is over. By Dean Meyer I understand most of the areas shut down operations when the wind…
Dribble From The Pen: Crackling Thorns

Ecc. 7:6 “For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools. This also is vanity.” By Reverend Ray Drunkenmiller “Appetite may be satisfied, but what of conscience, and reason, and the higher aspirations…
The Rest of the Story

Forum News reporter Andrew Hazzard says, “Recent changes to North Dakota state law have put more of a burden on local jails to house inmates.” By Pat Merriman As predicted, the state’s legislative and executive branches’ experiment with “reforming” the…
Business Tricks: Sales Away!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this: a young kid wants to become an independent brand partner for a large company such as Mary Kay, Herbalife or ItWorks. By Bryan Katz Great for them, if they can…
Rewriting History Won’t Change It

  In the present toxic political environment, it may be safer to write about abortion and guns than the statues of Confederate war heroes. However, every student of American history ought to be distressed by proposals to rewrite our past.…
Mommy Moments

  Let’s talk about toys! Honestly, kids will play with anything and everything. If empty boxes are the only things you have on hand, they will be just fine. Why do we accumulate so much? Let me explain how it…
Hat Tips

Hello, The Dakotas are a good place to live. Oh, we may have a drought. We may have to fight ice and snow for a few months of the year. The wind may blow from the northwest for days at…
Rest of the Story

Last week I presented Dr. Jean Twenge’s startling study about smartphones and their adverse effect on teenagers’ relationship with their families. But, she also predicts other serious problems if just a one hour per day addiction to the devices occurs.…
Dribble From The Pen: Zeal for God

Rom. 12:10-13 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the…
Mommy Moments

When you are longing to be a mother, you have this beautiful idea of how motherhood will look. For some, this is reality, but for me, it was fantasy. Between the sleep deprivation, hormones, and loneliness, half the time I…
Hat Tips

Hello, When I served in the legislature, I had a friend that used idioms to often explain things. Now for those of you who don’t know what an idiom is, don’t feel bad. I had to ask Shirley. By Dean…
Dribble From The Pen: Languishing in Remorse

I Sam. 12:20 “Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” By Reverend Ray “It is not…
The Rest Of The Story

I’m going to have to cut this story into 2 parts but, it’s an important piece of information so bear with me. A new study is confirming what most of us have long-suspected. Psychologist Jean M. Twenge has been tracking…
For What It’s Worth

I remember the first business I tried to start. Little, naive 9 year-old me. I’d walk around the neighborhood toting a green wagon, with a bucket, a few sponges and soap. For just $3, you could have a shiny car…
Mommy Moments

Whether you witnessed the eclipse or not, I’m sure you heard about it. People were scalping solar glasses for exorbitant prices the day before the event, and the community, the internet, and social media were buzzing with excitement. Some may…
Hat Tips

Hello, By the time you read this, the eclipse will have passed. Hopefully you did not stare at the sun for two and a half hours so you can still read. They are issuing warnings to not stare directly into…
Dribble From The Pen: God Sent Delusion

II Thess. 2:11,12 “For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in…
The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story, editorial, by Pat J. Merriman: A new interpretation has entered the public debate and, I’m not real clear. “Moral equivalence” has been tossed around by the libs a lot these past two weeks. As I…