This note is not intended to be legal, political or theological. It is simply an attempt to clear some misconceptions that were mentioned in a recent letter to the editor concerning the Affordable Care Act of 2010. I am concerned that some will be frightened by the allegations mentioned in the letter which are simply not true. One should have the religious belief of their choice. However, when making decisions on the issues of their health care, it should be based on accurate information.
The other day, you published a letter from someone declaring that in 36 months, according to “Obamacare” we would all be running around with RFID chips implanted in our bodies carrying all kinds of personal information. This tweaked my interest because I wouldn’t put anything like this past the present office holder. I suspected somebody was writing to see his name in print, so, I wrote to our Congressman, Senator Boozeman, and received this reply:
Dear Mr. Jones:
Should Justitia remove her blindfold?
Named after the Roman goddess, we know her better as Lady Justice: guardian of our courts. The scales she holds remind us to weigh evidence with care; her sword indicates that punishment must fit the crime. And her blindfold connotes … well, what?
It’s generally accepted that the blindfold represents impartiality. Our system of justice, in theory at least, treats everyone equally and each situation fairly.
I am so glad this past week is behind us. The week of the White River Water Carnival is always hectic — so much so that the Guard staff is usually dragging into work on the Monday morning afterwards — but this year was especially so since my dad and stepmom had flown out to California, leaving two of my dad’s kids (me being one, of course, since I live just next door) splitting the duties of collecting mail, feeding animals, watering flowers, etc. You know the drill. As it happened, my and Gary’s day fell on trash day, so we got an extra duty in there … oh, well.
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Kyler Keeney, a ninth grader at Southside Junior High, recorded a top-5 finish in one division of the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch here last week.
Competing in the 85cc class for drivers in ages 9-14, Kenney placed fourth after finishing third, fourth and sixth in a series of races in the division. Hunter Hankle won the division.
Of the 290 to reach the final awards stand, he was the only driver from Arkansas, according to his father, Elton Keeney.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Razorback is among 50 players nationwide named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award.
Receiver Joe Adams is on the list released Monday by the Louisville Sports Commission.
The commission sponsors the award given to the player chosen as the most versatile college football player in the nation.
Hornung is a Louisville native who played running back, quarterback, defensive back and handled kicking duties at Notre Dame and won the 1956 Heisman Trophy and is now a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s youth football program, for kids in grades 4 through 6, will provide free physicals on Friday from 4-6 p.m. in conference room B at White River Medical Center, according to Brad Berry.
Medical Forms will be provided and all players must have a physical before practice starts.
Call (870) 613-1949 for more information.
LACROSSE — The Concord Pirates and Calico Rock Lady Pirates high school golf teams continued their winning ways here at Cooper’s Hawk.
Led by Cameron Reesor, Concord won the 4-team boys match with a 238. Reesor shot a 6-over-par 78. Ryan Cornelison and Luke Cornett each shot an 80.
Led by medalist Brad Lamb, the Melbourne Bearkatz finished second with a 254. Lamb carded a 76. Dylan Smith and Tyler Webb added 89s.
The Bergman Panthers finished another 40 strokes back. The Cave City Cavemen placed last, another four strokes back. Grant Walling led Cave City with a 91.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District’s first day of classes is Monday.
School enrollment last year was 535. Graduates totaled 37 with 60 percent college attendance.
High school principal is Donna Clark. Elementary principal is Lela McChesney.
District treasurer is Linda Allgood.
School board officers are Bryson Wood, president; Debbie Frazier, vice president; Brandon Bowren, secretary; and Robert Beel, Connie Blevins, James Grider and Bobby Rhew, members. The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the board room.
WACO, Texas — More than 2,500 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s academic honor list for the 2011 spring semester.
To be named, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
Among those include Grant Ross McChesney of Batesville who earned an arts and sciences degree.
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Sarah Haughenbury of Clinton has been named to the Cornell College Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester, earning high honors, according to a news release.
Cornell named 364 students, or about 30 percent of its enrollment, to the Dean’s List for the spring semester.
A grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale is required for this designation.
Area graduates include:
Batesville — Jennifer Sinele, B.A.S.; Newark — Julie Johnson, B.A.S.; Sulphur Rock — Candace Scribner, B.A.S.; Ash Flat — Tina Goodman, B.A.S.