Some of these may sound familiar

November 7, 2011 Dear editor:The German people were said to be carefree and happy in the ’20s, enjoying the freedom of a republican form of government and a booming economy. The Golden Twenties, it was called. Then came the pain of the Great Depression, and with it, Hitler’s opportunity. What followed was the nightmare of Hitler’s National Socialist Movement, or Nazism. Here is a list of some of its characteristics and policies. Some may sound disturbingly familiar.• Heavy regulation on private business• Demonization of wealthy business owners

Hank takes ‘last ride’ in Arkansas

November 7, 2011 Rarely have I went to the theater two weekends in a row to see the same movie.No. 1, it’s expensive.No. 2, Little Rock isn’t the same as a trip to Batesville, distance-wise.

Evening entertainment in the Ozark Gateway

November 4, 2011 Although the Ozark Gateway is best known as a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, and biking, it also offers a variety of family-friendly evening activities including comedy, theater, and music. The Simply Southern Playhouse Music Theater, located at 201 E. Main St. in Batesville’s historic downtown, showcases country, bluegrass and gospel music as part of the regular 2nd Friday Downtown community event.

Sixth-grader wins round for student religious expression

November 4, 2011 If you wonder why many Christian parents view public schools as hostile to their faith, talk to Michael Ayers, father of a sixth-grader in the Pocono Mountain School District in northeastern Pennsylvania.Last December, his little girl wanted to hand out invitations to schoolmates inviting them to a church Christmas party. Because kids were routinely allowed to distribute fliers inviting students to birthday parties, dances and other activities, K.A. (as she is described in court filings) assumed she could pass hers out, too.

Oprah — How I miss you

November 4, 2011 I was sick last week and had to miss work. I had to drag myself out, however, to take my daughter to school that morning. I drove in my pajamas and didn’t even bother to brush my hair. Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? I rarely get sick, but I caught a cold that felt like the flu. The only bright spot in an otherwise miserable day would have been the opportunity to watch the Oprah Winfrey show that I rarely get to watch due to my working hours.

Citizens from surrounding states flooded Arkansas

November 3, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, immigrants were flooding into Arkansas. These immigrants did not hail from a foreign country as one would assume, but from the states of Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, as well as Missouri.Historically, Arkansawyers have traditionally accepted immigrants with open arms, but this is the exception.In an 1861 newspaper this week 150 years ago, a stigma was attached to these “immigrants”.  Though these exiled citizens “claim to be exiles and driven from their homes.”

Cain in political sinkhole

November 3, 2011 I started my journey to Fredericksburg, Va. after a bowl of exquisite spicy crab soup at Courtney’s Seafood Restaurant here in Ridge, on the southernmost tip of Maryland’s western shore. Then I ran into a problem: Route 234 was closed due to a sinkhole. So I took the detour but discovered it was also blocked off due to a traffic matter. So after two hours I returned to the hotel where I had been the night before.And so it goes for American politics.

Finding reasons to be thankful in October

November 3, 2011 I love October with the last of moments of summer still giving us warm days and fall slipping in with cooler nights. The drive home is always beautiful as the leaves turn from green to gold reminding me that God is the ultimate artist. This time of year is also a quiet reminder of our bountiful harvest as we look toward Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. And, as usual, I found plenty to be thankful for.

We don’t know nothing

November 2, 2011 Easier than duck fat in muffin tins to figure out why Americans are so darn freaked out and polarized these days. It’s because we’re afraid. Afraid we’ve lost our way. Afraid of not being No. 1. Afraid of what may be in store. Of all that we don’t know. Because, face it, there’s so much we don’t know. We don’t even know how much we don’t know.

Flying is OK; it’s airports I can’t stand

November 2, 2011 Recently, I needed to make a trip to visit some relatives. These days, the way the economy and gas prices are it turns out to be cheaper to fly. Even though, airlines no longer serve the delicious food of which they became famous.Several aspects about airplanes that give me cause for alarm. The person who designed the modern-day airplane must have used one of the dwarfs for a model. I’m thinking, Grumpy. The seats, for example, are not built for the average posterior. I know I need to go on a diet but my airplane seat does not have to remind me of that auspicious fact.