Looking into the future

June 28, 2011 When is Hollywood going to get futuristic movies right?Aug. 29, 1997 came and went with no Judgement Day. Thankfully Skynet didn’t blow up the world, and we humans are not in hiding, fighting Terminators.2009: Still no time travel as depicted in “Freejack.” Actually, Emilio Estevez has been noticeably absent as of late, so I wonder, instead of his Formula One car crashing in 1991, was there some other disaster in which his body was “freejacked” and stolen? Will we see him 20 years from now, running some tycoon’s company?

Memphis in Mtn. View

June 27, 2011 When I think of Mountain View I think of folk, bluegrass and musicians picking and grinning on the square. I’ve always enjoyed visits to the tourist spot, especially to the many antique shops around the area. The fact that it is birthplace of actor Dick Powell is a neat factoid. (I just wish someone felt the same, enough to want to fix up the house he grew up in.)Nevertheless, Mountain View is quite the little spot and like many towns in Arkansas it makes for a nice place to visit every now and then.As was the case for Luke and me this past weekend.

Ledge update

June 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The state has taken over two major school districts that had been in fiscal distress —and the Helena-West Helena School District.In each case the state found continuing financial irregularities that justified the removal of the superintendents and the dissolving of local school boards.It is the second time Helena-West Helena has been taken over by the state. The first time was in 2005.  The state returned it to local control in 2008.

And now for the rest of the story…..

June 24, 2011 Over the past few days the obituary policy of the Batesville Daily Guard has come under fire. With so many rumors, lies and innuendoes circulating, we want to set the record straight.Our newspaper offers both free and paid death notices. Information in the free obituaries consists of: • Name, city of residence, date of death• The following survivors: Spouse, children, parents, grandparents and siblings (step and half relatives, etc., are included)• Preceded in death• Occupation or last place of work before retirement

Memories not gone

June 23, 2011 Dear Editor: About 10:15 p.m. the day after Father’s Day, I received a phone call that left me feeling that a part of me and a part of my family was burning to cinders six hours away in Batesville, Arkansas. My mother called to tell me that my aunt and uncle’s pharmacy, Hon’s Sav-On Drug, was burning. Just 45 minutes after a 911 call, it was already almost completely destroyed.

Time to escape with a good book

June 23, 2011 It’s finally summer and blazing hot in most of the country. Time to escape into a good book by the pool or on our front porch. All of us who are getting ready to head to a beach house with all the relatives really need something to stick our noses into so we can look busy and not answer the questions about jobs, kids or extra pounds. If it’s actually entertaining us while we melt from the heat, so much the better.

Country living

June 22, 2011 I’m wary about the idea, but you never know.President Obama has issued an executive order to “promote economic prosperity in rural America” — just as I am about to move back to my country home just outside Pittsburgh, which I have rented out for more than a decade.As it goes, rural America has been struggling for some time. With innovations in farming technology, fewer people are needed to grow and harvest crops. Small towns are shrinking all over.

Announcement clears path for Entery; equalization payments to end in 2014

June 22, 2011 It’s been more than a long time coming, but after a comprehensive review, Entergy Arkansas Inc. now has a clear path for the future.That clear path became evident on April 25 when Entergy Corporation announced that all of its utility companies — including Entergy Arkansas — will seek to join the Midwest Independent System Operaåtor group (MISO).

3rd Arkansas Infantry

June 21, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, military units were organizing more frequently throughout the state. Among those that would be heading off to Virginia soon were the men that would fill the ranks of the infamous 3rd Arkansas Regiment.

Is there such a thing as a credible rape victim?

June 21, 2011 In the last few weeks I’ve learned a number of valuable lessons. Among them:1) Apparently if you are poor or powerless, you should not expect to be taken seriously if you accuse someone who is not poor or powerless of sexually assaulting you.2) If you are intoxicated — at all — you should not expect the judicial system to take you seriously if you accuse someone of sexually assaulting you.3) If you are worried that you are in a vulnerable state — intoxicated or otherwise — and therefore worried that you could find yourself in danger, don’t call the police.