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Don’t itemize your taxes but still want to streamline your H&R Block experience this tax season? You’re in luck. A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., …

Clark Robertson: Spring – Take 2

Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. That’s the way it goes with early spring planting. Warm weather can lure us into a false since of security, but if it works, it is worth the chance. We …

Dear Livingston Parish voters, This Saturday, we have an opportunity to invest in the future of our parish. A vote YES for the Livingston 1-cent sales tax is a vote YES for strong schools and …

Dear Editor, At the Live Oak town hall meeting, the following comment was made: “Teachers knew what they were getting paid when they took the job.” Teachers did know that. They knew …

Dear Editor, An acquaintance started his social media post, after casting an early vote on the upcoming election, with the following: “I did not vote against teachers today!” This reflects …

What a rollercoaster our weather has been. Azaleas blooming at the end of February and near freezing lows for the official start of spring. You never know what curve ball mother nature will throw our …

Dear editor, Inflation rates have soared over the past two years. The cost of food, gas, real estate, transportation, insurance, goods and services and everything else seems to keep going up. …

Dear editor, Here’s my ONE CENT.. My education is rooted in Livingston Parish Public Schools. Southside Elementary, Southside Jr. High and Denham Springs High school built me. My father …

At one time, Livingston Parish was synonymous with fresh strawberries. Family farms spread out and connected along the roads of eastern and southern portions of the parish. Strawberries were the …

The national debt is at $31 trillion and rising. The Congressional Budget Office has recently estimated that the Fiscal Year 2023 deficit could hit $1.4 trillion. The economy is still struggling with …

Clark Robertson: Ready, set, plant!

It looks like spring is here. Warm days and nights have everything turning green, either from new leaves or for the inch of pollen covering any and every object. Garden centers are overflowing …

The warnings keep coming that the force-fed energy transition to renewable fuels is destabilizing the U.S. electric grid, but is anyone in government paying attention? Another S.O.S. came Friday in …

Dear editor: As a voter in Livingston Parish, you will have an opportunity on March 25, 2023, to support education in a huge way. Our teachers, as well as bus drivers, cafeteria workers and …

Clark Robertson: Vine of Spring

Bright yellow strands hanging from the trees — I noticed these this past week while driving towards Springfield. This time of the year in south Louisiana, this could be Mardi Gras beads thrown a …

President Joe Biden and Congress should take a break from their ritualized wrangling over the debt ceiling and look closely at last week’s projections from the Congressional Budget Office. These …

The 118th Congress has barely begun. A wave of freshman representatives and senators are coming in with a mandate to help address a lagging economy, record inflation, and an increasingly volatile …

OPINION | Why Are Layoffs Contagious?

Late last year, the tech companies Stripe, Amazon, Facebook, Cisco, and Twitter laid off workers en masse. Come the new year, Google, Microsoft, Amazon (again), Salesforce, Dell, IBM, SAP, Zoom, and …

OPINION | College for some, not all

Over recent decades, parents, grandparents, and high school students have been subject to a barrage of messages suggesting that everyone should go to college. Higher education is the pathway to more …

The apple of your eye, peachy king, plum delightful – we’re finally “pearing” down our late winter pruning series. Last, but not least, these fruit trees, which happen to all be members of …

When millions of patients see a doctor every year, they expect access to the highest-quality treatments and diagnostic devices. The U.S. generally provides access to the cutting-edge of medicine, but …

The Pelican State has tremendous opportunity and potential. It’s got a diverse culture, renowned festivals, terrific people, and, of course, delicious food. Yet the burdensome and complicated …

The home fruit orchard — every gardener’s dream or worst nightmare. Many have planted a fruit tree or vine with anticipation of picking buckets of fruit for homemade pies, jellies, and jams, …

It would be a good sign for the nation’s health if Congress and the president treated the debt ceiling as anything but a ritualistic public-relations exercise. Unfortunately, that will not and …

The United States Postal Service (USPS) continues its uphill battle trying to convince consumers of its continued speed, reliability, and affordability. But now, first-class mail consumers are being …

No need to worry if the groundhog sees his shadow or not: For those of us in south Louisiana, now is the time to sharpen our shears and judiciously make those cuts. February is a flurry of …

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