Buddy deserved better than this

September 22, 2011 Dear editor:Those who knew him called him Buddy. He had lived on the streets of Batesville for, some say, a year and a half. In June we began to look for him every night, bringing him food and ice water. We wished he could tell us why he so feared people. He would likely say he was the victim of abuse and believed he was better off on his own.Most nights he seemed to appreciate the food, treats and water. Some nights he just wanted to be left alone ... sleeping in one of his “safe” places only he knew. He liked dogs but couldn’t bring himself to trust people.

Writer remembers Bob and Delores Hope

September 21, 2011 As I saw the news Monday on my Twitter account about the passing of Dolores Hope at age 102, I was reminded of the wonderful legacy that she helped to give America during her 70-year marriage to the amazing Bob Hope.As a child, whenever I could catch Bob Hope or Bing Crosby on the air, I would never miss it. Whether it was their individual Christmas specials or re-runs of their individual and joint movies, I was truly a devoted follower, anxiously waiting to be entertained by these icons.

Technology now replaces real conversation

September 21, 2011 I had been grading papers all day, and I was exhausted. As the work day ended and I left my office, it felt good to step out into the fresh air. I decided to take a longer route to the parking lot to see if I could clear the cobwebs from my head.As I turned the last corner, about 100 yards from where I was parked, I joined a couple of young men who were coming from the lower part of campus. Their clothes were rough and their appearance unkempt. They looked tired.I smiled at them. “Good evening, gentlemen.”

Ghost tour

September 21, 2011 I belong to a woman’s rights group called NUTS, which stands for Neutering Usually The Solution. I hate all men. Men don’t find out about my goals until it is too late. I sell counterfeit Visas. I deal in Turkish tobacco.Who am I?My stage name is Cleopatra Sadat, and I was just one of the many who attended The Ghosts of Casablanca dinner theater last week at the Pythian Castle in Springfield,  Mo.In an effort to spice up my life and get out of the tri-county area, I conned my friends (what few I have) into a “let’s do something different” weekend.

No Congress election-year platitudes

September 20, 2011 OK, so we’re broke. Not “have to stretch to next payday” broke. Really broke. Our accounts are overdrawn, the credit cards are maxed out; and if that’s China on the phone, tell them we just stepped out. Yes, again.We’re in an economic hole so deep we’re bumping elbows with blind moles. Can feel the heat from the core of the earth on the soles of our feet. Need a co-signer to play pinball. We’re so broke, Greece won’t play backgammon with us anymore.

Take that cell phone out of your bra

September 20, 2011 For many young women today, tucking cell phones in the bra has become a cool, hip way to have simple access to these essential devices. They can jog, drive, shop or sit in darkened movie theatres, quickly responding to tingled vibrations at their breast. Most of us have no idea that cell phones are small two-way microwave radios that should not be kept directly on the body.

Corky’s, not just BBQ

September 19, 2011 Last week, if you read my column, I complained about the service I recently received from a grocery store clerk.Weeks before, however, I experienced great service during a trip to Memphis that I felt deserving of attention, going to show that not only do I pay attention to the bad, but the good, too.Luke and I found ourselves drawn to Corky’s Ribs & BBQ on a busy Friday night in east Memphis at 5259 Poplar Ave.

Gallery of ghouls at GOP debates

September 19, 2011 Vampire movies and television programs may be all the rage right now, but not one of them has anything on a good old-fashioned audience of Republican debate watchers.

Constitution Day

September 16, 2011 The national observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was emotional, overwhelming and likely to overshadow most other observances for a long time.But just a few days later, on 9/17, comes another opportunity to commemorate, celebrate and join with our fellow citizens in remembrance and understanding.

Old Independence Regional Museum: Preserving the history of 12 counties

September 16, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about museums in the Ozark Gateway Region.With the Ozark Gateway Region dating back to the 1700s, it’s not surprising it is also home to a number of outstanding museums that keep that history alive with exhibits, guest speakers workshops, and educational programs. We hope you will visit these museums.Old Independence