Good old neighbors

June 30, 2011 I drove through my old neighborhood a few weeks ago.It is like many suburban neighborhoods that sprouted up in the 1960s. Many of the people who moved there grew up in the city. All of them wanted big yards in which their kids could play. Many wanted to be near St. Germaine Catholic Church and its elementary school.We moved into our new house in 1964, when I was 2. It was a basic, square house — brick on the bottom, white siding on the top — designed for raising children.

The conspiracy of silence

June 29, 2011 When it comes to illegal immigration, President Obama’s policy is clear: If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.Rather than having a meaningful national discussion about how over-immigration costs American workers jobs, crowds schools, and strains local and state budgets, the White House offers nebulous, unsupported banalities like we are a nation of immigrants or immigration is the lifeblood of our economy.

Leading from behind

June 29, 2011 Just before my early morning run this morning, a young boy, 3-foot-nothing, wearing shorts and a helmet whizzed past me on his scooter, and then abruptly stopped and backed up — when he saw me stuff a 20 pound terrier into my backpack. As I threw the precious cargo over my shoulders, the little boy pushed his scooter into forward motion and offered his blatantly honest assessment (as kids often do) of the situation: “That’s weird.”

Dubbed as the other boyfriend

June 28, 2011 I was a senior in high school and was friends with a young lady named Lisa. I wouldn’t say we dated; we just enjoyed spending time together. Lisa appreciated the fact that I had access to a car and could drive us to school activities, and I enjoyed her fun-loving personality and her friendship.But Lisa was a very popular girl, and quite often, when I would arrive at her home to pick her up, I would find plans had changed and she had a date. That was really no problem. I was good friends with her family, so I would stay for a visit while she headed out for the night.

Looking into the future

June 28, 2011 When is Hollywood going to get futuristic movies right?Aug. 29, 1997 came and went with no Judgement Day. Thankfully Skynet didn’t blow up the world, and we humans are not in hiding, fighting Terminators.2009: Still no time travel as depicted in “Freejack.” Actually, Emilio Estevez has been noticeably absent as of late, so I wonder, instead of his Formula One car crashing in 1991, was there some other disaster in which his body was “freejacked” and stolen? Will we see him 20 years from now, running some tycoon’s company?

Memphis in Mtn. View

June 27, 2011 When I think of Mountain View I think of folk, bluegrass and musicians picking and grinning on the square. I’ve always enjoyed visits to the tourist spot, especially to the many antique shops around the area. The fact that it is birthplace of actor Dick Powell is a neat factoid. (I just wish someone felt the same, enough to want to fix up the house he grew up in.)Nevertheless, Mountain View is quite the little spot and like many towns in Arkansas it makes for a nice place to visit every now and then.As was the case for Luke and me this past weekend.

Ledge update

June 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The state has taken over two major school districts that had been in fiscal distress —and the Helena-West Helena School District.In each case the state found continuing financial irregularities that justified the removal of the superintendents and the dissolving of local school boards.It is the second time Helena-West Helena has been taken over by the state. The first time was in 2005.  The state returned it to local control in 2008.

And now for the rest of the story…..

June 24, 2011 Over the past few days the obituary policy of the Batesville Daily Guard has come under fire. With so many rumors, lies and innuendoes circulating, we want to set the record straight.Our newspaper offers both free and paid death notices. Information in the free obituaries consists of: • Name, city of residence, date of death• The following survivors: Spouse, children, parents, grandparents and siblings (step and half relatives, etc., are included)• Preceded in death• Occupation or last place of work before retirement

Memories not gone

June 23, 2011 Dear Editor: About 10:15 p.m. the day after Father’s Day, I received a phone call that left me feeling that a part of me and a part of my family was burning to cinders six hours away in Batesville, Arkansas. My mother called to tell me that my aunt and uncle’s pharmacy, Hon’s Sav-On Drug, was burning. Just 45 minutes after a 911 call, it was already almost completely destroyed.

Time to escape with a good book

June 23, 2011 It’s finally summer and blazing hot in most of the country. Time to escape into a good book by the pool or on our front porch. All of us who are getting ready to head to a beach house with all the relatives really need something to stick our noses into so we can look busy and not answer the questions about jobs, kids or extra pounds. If it’s actually entertaining us while we melt from the heat, so much the better.