On showing execution photos, videos

August 5, 2011 The images would be the ultimate in “reality” programming: A TV broadcast or online streaming video of an actual execution.Would you watch? Would you want news organizations — or anyone with a computer, for that matter — to broadcast or stream it on a live or delayed basis?On July 22, Georgia prison officials complied with a request from Andrew Grant DeYoung’s attorneys for a video of Young’s death by lethal injection for killing three people in 1993.

Rolling back mists of time

August 4, 2011 No one in our immediate family even suspected a picture of George Washington Dees existed — until a couple of weeks ago, when some copies of Dees family pictures arrived in the mail. Among them were a couple of photos of him and his son, George Albert Dees.We knew little about either man, even though George Albert Dees was my wife Wanda’s maternal grandfather and George Washington Dees, her great-grandfather. From southeast Missouri, these men were, of course, our son Luke’s great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

Excited about being in Batesville

August 4, 2011 Batesville is a wonderful, peaceful, fun place.I’ve been on staff here at the Daily Guard only a week and I’ve already learned that my adopted hometown is, like my actual hometown of Searcy, a beautiful, special town.Let’s start with the way I begin each morning, crossing the foggy, sleepy White River. The heavy mist creeps out of the river’s banks into the town as if it’s part of the populace, ready to start the day. Crossing the river is sort of like being transported into a new world where the people are friendly, upbeat and yes, I’ll say it, good looking.

Politics in the form of a reality show

August 4, 2011 The difference between a documentary and a reality show is staging. A documentary tells a story about real life. The subjects are normally not paid, aren’t actors and the story is non-fiction. It’s a quiet, illuminating and thoughtful genre (read: boring).

Wary of RFID chip

August 3, 2011 Dear editor:On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the Senate Healthcare Bill HR 3200 was passed and signed into law the following Tuesday. There are a legion of horrible and just plain evil aspects to this bill, and I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of them by now. I don’t want to discount them, but what cannot be missed here is this new law now opens a prophetic door on a magnitude not seen since the reformation of Israel.

Coach Pitch Baseball first practice

August 3, 2011 My 5-year-old son looked hopeful as he handed me a paper he had brought home from school. “Dad, can I play baseball?”It was a form to sign up for the summer youth league. I looked at the categories and saw that, by his age, he would be in the youngest group. I knew my son, who was born with challenges walking, could use the physical activity.

Reasons to be thankful

August 3, 2011 This month has brought sadness to many of my friends and family. Pat and Harold Ray Jeffery along with Dean and Betty Sanders lost their young grandson, and my good friend Mel Guinnip also said goodbye to her son. And there are plenty of others who are having a hard time finding happiness among the sadness. Life is about sharing the good times and the bad so I want these families to know how important a role they have played in my life. My prayer for each and every one of you is that the blessings will at some point override the pain. I also want to take a moment to remember Mr.

Civil War soldiers eye state’s resources

August 2, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was feeling the consequences of the federal blockade, which was preventing resources from being shipped into the Confederate states from abroad. To combat the lack of much-needed raw materials and resources that Arkansas needed to survive, Arkansawyers were not about to throw in the towel; Arkansas was rich in natural resources that could be harvested.

A little bit of nostalgia goes a long way

August 2, 2011 “It smells like county fair time out there!”What my friend said was true. Despite the stifling heat and debilitating humidity, the aroma wafting and wavering from the newly-spread cedar shavings just outside our office was enough to make you want to run out and bid way too much on a calf who was way too small. Or, dig out Gramma’s old recipes in hopes of winning that coveted blue rosette for the best zucchini bread in the county.

Is the post office driving us to email?

August 2, 2011 A man reaches a point in his life when he realizes what he really wants. All I really want is my mail.I opened a post office box a few years ago. I have all my business correspondence sent there.Last September, I moved temporarily to Washington, D.C., to work on a six-month project. I returned to the Pittsburgh area every six weeks and retrieved my mail from the P.O. box.Last spring, I knew the six-month bill would be coming due soon, so I went to the post office to pay it in advance.“You can’t pay until the bill is due,” said the woman at the counter.