Awareness raised

November 1, 2010 As a lesbian I live in a constant state of awareness. At any moment I may encounter an ugly remark, my property vandalized, my person assaulted. I live in this awareness because these things have happened to me, simply because I am a lesbian. I and most lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) live in this awareness because people like Clint McCance say horrible things that help perpetuate the homophobia and the perception that it is okay to hurt those who are LGBT. Those who are or would be bullies see this as a free pass to torment others.

Blaze fuels kindness

November 1, 2010 I spent many a day in the Edwards Commons building those six weeks during the summer of 2000 as a high school student in the Lyon College Upward Bound program.So, when a fire destroyed the building which served as the college’s dining hall and student union last week, it immediately took me back to that summer and all the times I went there for breakfast, lunch and dinner and spent time with friends I wouldn’t have met if not for the college experience program.

Intolerance goes both ways

October 29, 2010 “Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.”Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.That was apparent this week after a Midland School Board member hit the national spotlight after he posted comments about homosexuals on his Facebook page that caused a national uproar.

Venturing into politics

October 29, 2010 Despite running along a rigorous campaign trail and regardless of the countless hours they put in each day, Chad Causey and Sen. Blanche Lincoln refuse to forget the people of Independence County. Mr. Causey, former chief of staff to Congressman Marion Berry, and Sen. Lincoln have both managed to put in a tremendous amount of time right here in Batesville.  Chad Causey even recruited President Bill Clinton to join citizens of Batesville in a Democratic rally at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Ronald Regan was the tea party

October 28, 2010 Liberals and their Democratic Party allies are frightened out of their halfwits by the re-emergence of the dreaded tea party, which began in Boston Harbor in December 1773, when colonists dressed as Indians dumped shiploads of tea into the water, helping to set off what eventually became the American Revolution.

Pathway to citizenship

October 28, 2010 Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?That was the question put to Delaware U.S. Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons during their debate at the University of Delaware.Here’s a better question: why are Americans even considering the idea? I’m sure many feel the way President Obama feels. Our chief executive said earlier this year that it was impossible to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. I would respond that we’d be surprised what we can do once we put our minds to it.

Hunting for big game

October 27, 2010 Dear God:I’m so glad you are back in charge because for a while it appeared as if you were being replaced. While Arkansas has been known for producing some “pretty important” people, who knew until a few weeks ago that Emon Mahoney and his two cronies at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had such lofty plans.Looking back, all the signs of the times were there.

Fear of flying

October 27, 2010 Juan Williams lost his gig at National Public Radio for saying in complete candor that when he boards a plane and sees people in Muslim garb he gets “worried” and “nervous.”Well, it’s a good thing I never applied for work at NPR because I wouldn’t last a minute. When I board a plane and see a dangerously overweight person heading down the aisle toward the seat next to me I get nervous. When I see a woman with an unticketed infant who’s screaming before the five-hour flight even begins I get worried.

Happy Halloween

October 27, 2010 It can be difficult to celebrate Halloween in an urban setting unless you’re into getting dressed up and heading out to the parties. I didn’t really like that route in my 20s and now that I’m 51 it’s even less appealing. Someone has even posted a link on Facebook for sexy Ninja Turtle costumes for adults and there are sexy miner costumers for sale. Snooki and the Situation are the hottest sellers this year.That’s a funny joke for less than 30 seconds and then there’s an entire evening to get through.

Forgive us our debts

October 26, 2010 If you need any more proof that “trickle down economics” doesn’t work for the little guy, just look back a little ways to the bailouts of the banks and auto industries. How’d that work our for you? I mean, if you weren’t a bank or an auto company. Tried to borrow any money lately?