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Clark Robertson: Trees please

Our trees have been suffering. The weather the past few years has not been kind to them. Hurricane Ida’s damage is still affecting some which appeared to survive. Unfortunately, last summer’s …

Last month, U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance, R-OH, told former White House aide Steve Bannon that some lawmakers want to reduce Social Security benefits so that the federal government can send more money to …

According to a recent Gallup poll, 53 percent of Americans are satisfied with Social Security, expecting to collect every penny currently promised by the system in benefits. This response provides a …

As we close out our 60th Year of Messengers Christmas Land, The Messenger Family wanted to send out a special thanks to all who have made this year extra special for the people of Livingston …

Clark Robertson: Winter Gardening Activities

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays coming to an end, we can take a few days to relax and enjoy the slower, cozy days, right? You may not be thinking about gardening at this time of the year. …

For the past few years, parents, researchers, and the news media have paid closer attention to the relationship between teenagers’ phone use and their mental health. Researchers such as Jonathan …

2023 was a year of extremes in eating: We went out to buzzy restaurants with the flamboyant ambience of nightclubs — or we sat at home, scrounging up two olives and a tortilla chip for a girl …

Clark Robertson: Seasons of Change

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Seasons shape the day-to-day activities of home gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and …

Reports of the conduct at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) read like a screenplay for “Animal House,” the 1980s John Belushi movie about campus debauchery at the fictional Faber …

Among the direst casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic is Americans’ trust in public health authorities. According to a Pew Research poll, prior to the pandemic more than three-quarters of adults …

How does your landscape look? We’ve had a couple of light freezes and a few days of frost where I live. Landscape beds are taking on that half dead/dormant appearance as tender annuals and …

If someone were to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake and doesn’t return a similar amount, is the lender entitled to the cake? The lender would be viewed as excessively greedy to acquire so much …

Despite massive subsidies and upcoming state bans on the sales of new gasoline-powered cars, the electric vehicle industry is on the verge of collapse, demonstrating yet again that government is …

Every year we search for the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends. Some people spend months searching for just the right gift. Others procrastinate to the last minute. For the past several …

If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were a stock, a lot of people in the political world would have begun “short selling” it months ago. While many on the Republican side of the political world …

Dear Editor, There are many accounts of addicts who wish to wait until after the holidays to seek treatment. Prior to entering rehab, they would like to spend time with their families and avoid …

In December 2018, Google searches for the term “porch pirate” reached a peak. The phrase describes a particular kind of thief unique to modern living: someone who takes packages ordered online …

Clark Robertson: Seasonal surprises

What’s in bloom? Often, we don’t think about plants flowering in late November. Everything in nature seems to be going to sleep for winter. Sure, we plant fall bedding plants to add color to our …

OPINION | Let’s give thanks for America

The first Thanksgivings in America were about celebrating survival. Spanish and French explorers set aside days to give thanks to the Almighty for protecting them in a strange and hostile land. The …

Clark Robertson: Giving Thanks by Giving Back

The mission statement of the Livingston Master Gardener’s Association (LMGA) is to help educate the public about horticulture through proven, research-based educational programs. Exciting things …

What does a lawsuit in San Francisco have to do with jobs in Louisiana? Unfortunately, it could mean everything to the hardworking women and men of our state — and it’s yet another example of …

The U.S. Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google has wrapped up, leaving the parties to await Judge Amit Mehta’s bench-trial decision in the matter. But based on the …

The recent move by the Federal Communications Commission to begin the process of reinstating Title II rules on internet providers is just the latest instance of the Biden administration saying one …

The camellia has long been a prized addition to southern gardens. There are even gardens across the South devoted to the flowering evergreen shrubs. Camellias flower when very few plants are blooming …

While America struggles to buy groceries, President Joe Biden has a green slush fund worth billions of dollars, and he’s not afraid to use it. Recent revelations uncovered that the CEO and …

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