New EPA regs harmful to ‘the folks’

January 6, 2012 An 11th-hour ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to delay an Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 saved the day for Americans who are doing their best to make ends meet in this struggling economy and cannot afford higher electricity bills.

The glamorous life

January 6, 2012 I drove down to Little Rock on Thursday to cover the Supreme Court hearing of Independence County vs. the city of Clarksville. I got all dressed up. My first big court case and boy, was I excited! If only my friends could see me now. They would be so jealous! I have this great and exciting career that takes me to so many places. I love going to Little Rock normally. It’s like taking a little vacation for the day. I like all the stores and restaurants there to choose from. But no time to shop and eat — I was working.

Here we go again The art of redundancy

January 6, 2012 Forgive me if I have said this before, but, “Happy New Year.” It may be the epitome of redundancy but I have given this greeting for 60 years and I mean it as sincerely this year as I have all the years preceding.The first few years of my life, I had no teeth and so all I could say was “Goo-goo, daa-daa.” It meant the same thing. This year I have all of my teeth but I am not certain how many more years.The way we start life is the way we usually end life, with no teeth and drooling all the time with a silly grin on our face.

‘Today’ celebrates 60 years

January 5, 2012 Now here’s a wakeup call: On Jan. 14, NBC’s “Today” program turns 60 years old.For the past year the producers have been leading up to the milestone by soliciting viewers’ favorite memories of the show, whether it be the mutual respect of Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw, a stunning admission by one of society’s movers and shakers or Barbara Walters bribing LBJ to lift Hugh Downs by his ears for reporters. (No, wait: false memory.)

A relative disaster

January 5, 2012 The church bulletin carried a notice for a genealogy class that was going to be offered in our local community. A friend of mine joked that I ought to take it to help me find out why I’m so nutty.“Maybe you will learn that you have had squirrels in your family tree.”“Very funny,” I replied.

Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

January 5, 2012 On Dec. 16, 1944, the men of Lt. Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled from the pit of hell.

City leaders’ disdain for the people

January 4, 2012 Editor’s note: All letters to the editor on the city’s upcoming sales tax election are welcome, but they must be received by Feb. 21, or they will not be printed.The Guard reserves the right to not publish any letters it deems repetitive, and to cut the debate off sooner than Feb. 21. As always, letters must be limited to 500 words or less, and include a daytime phone number for verification purposes.Letters may be mailed to: Editor, Batesville Daily Guard, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503 or faxed to (870) 793-9268. 

Things to be thankful for in December

January 4, 2012 And so it begins.2012 is now under way and I can’t wait to see what this year holds. For the first time in my life, I was able to keep my resolution all year long when it came to finding things to be thankful for. This year, I am heading off in another direction and plan to call it my DD year, which stands for Debt/Diet. My plan is focus more on my financial future and I plan on taking some baby steps that hopefully will make me more aware of how I spend money. The other will be aimed at just feeling better overall, both physically and mentally. Here is December:

Porcini parade

January 4, 2012 Across the street are three young men carrying cloth sacks, walking slowly through the woods in hunched-over style — a posture known in south Florida as the Sanibel Stoop, because Sanibel Island’s gorgeous shells lure many beachcombers. But here in central California the bounty is a tasty brown mushroom, so you might say this is the Porcini Parade.

Magazine ‘raises the bar’

January 3, 2012 Here at the Batesville Daily Guard we are kicking off the new year by Raising the Bar.Because we had such good response from our first magazine publication, we are now working on a second that is scheduled for publication Jan. 31.This magazine will differ slightly from our last one, and will be geared toward a more magazine style.Our storyline will focus on some of our area attorneys who have some great stories to tell from how law became a chosen profession, to highly publicized cases and even how they have been instrumental in seeing laws changed.