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.

A rash discovery in Spa City

August 2, 2011 I have always considered myself pretty lucky in terms of allergies, or the lack of. Except for mosquito bites, I am not usually allergic to anything I run across. Whenever I go to the doctor or hospital and they ask if I’m allergic to anything, I figure I’ve saved them some time because I am not allergic to the usual suspects.But apparently I do have an allergy to something. I just don’t know what.

Batesville’s library to the past

August 1, 2011 Every time I walk inside the Independence County Library in Batesville I lose a few years.Outside the door I’m 27. Inside I’m 10. One great thing about working for the Batesville Daily Guard is having grown up in the area. Raised at Strawberry, Batesville was always the big city, the “gettin’ place,” “town.” Working the education and library beats combine two of my favorite things: school and reading, so I always feel at home when on assignments that involve either one. But going to the library takes it all back.

Burning down the house

August 1, 2011 They’d been smelling smoke for a long time. Every once in a while, he’d pull down his reading glasses and look at her over the top of the Wall Street Journal and say, “Do you smell something burning?” She’d sniff, briefly, and, as she worked there at the kitchen table on her PTA speech, she’d say “Yeah. I asked you about that last week and you were too busy polishing your guns to pay attention.” He’d pull his glasses back up and bury his nose again in the paper.