Castro, Obama and the Rule of Law

July 13, 2010 This week we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with a refugee from Cuba. Our dinner conversation was starkly different than most.This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early 1960s. His family was more fortunate than most as they were able to bring a suitcase and $100 when they fled Castro’s newly formed revolutionary paradise.

Safety of duck rides still debatable

July 13, 2010 Well, I guess I’ll never be able to convince my dad it’s safe to ride the ducks. After the sinking of a Ride the Ducks boat last week in Philadelphia, Dad will probably never step foot on one again.

King James version

July 12, 2010 MIAMI – In his first satellite interview with a female network correspondent from an evening newscast not employed by a cable company, basketball superstar LeBron James today disclosed why he chose to play next season for the Miami Heat.“At the Cleveland airport I saw a headline that said RECORD HEAT,” James told Katie Couric. “I assumed they were talking about me, and it was some kind of sign.”

Dreams become dollars

July 12, 2010 Miles Kimball had a dollar and a dream.OK, in reality, he had some borrowed cash, but he still had the dream when he wanted to market a Christmas card in which the design spelled out the name “Johnson.” With a Minneapolis, Minn. phone book and some borrowed cash, Kimball printed and mailed a card personalized “Johnson” to every household with that name in the Twin Cities, according to www.mileskimball.com.

Cannot erase the news

July 9, 2010 Sometimes the meaning of the 45 words of the First Amendment seems to escape even those trained in the law.In Pennsylvania last week, two judges in Centre County — home to Penn State University — signed off on what generally are standard instructions to police and other agencies to expunge certain official records of five people involved in criminal investigations.But the orders, thanks to the defense attorney for the five, also required that two area newspapers erase archived news reports about the defendants, who faced charges ranging from assault to drug possession.

Reader response to immigration

July 9, 2010 Dear editor:After reading the letter from Rita Burr about petitions circulating about illegal aliens, I felt I really needed to respond to some of her comments.1. Regarding food stamps — Illegal aliens cannot get food stamps. But children born to illegal aliens in this country (anchor babies) most certainly can get food stamps. The vast majority of them apply for food stamps and receive them on these children. Just go to Walmart and observe the checkout lines. And by the way, you apply for these at the Department of Human Services, not the Department of Human Resources.

Letters to the Editor: Another Tax

July 9, 2010 Another TaxDear editor:Oh, look, Batesville — it’s another tax to add on to the already ridiculous amount of sales tax that we pay here in our beautiful little town.

Recurring dreams

July 8, 2010 Recurring dreams plague my life. I have a couple of dreams, from my childhood, that have recurred often throughout my lifetime.One is a flying dream in which I fritter and frolic through the air in any direction I desire. Incredible beauty I scope on the scape from these lofty heights. I so totally hope that the next age bears some relative semblance to the elegance and grace of which I glide in these dreams.

Goodbye, piece of history

July 8, 2010 Remember the TV commercial where a bunch of cowpokes are sitting around a campfire eating when one of them, apparently unsatisfied with the salsa, asked where that salsa was made.One cowboy turned the bottle over to read the label and replied, “New York City.”“New York City!?!” the others exclaimed, finding it absurd that anyone in New York City would even try to make Western salsa.That’s also the reaction local resident Kathy Schutz had to Roy Rogers’ and Dale Evans’ personal memorabilia being sold at auction in “New York City!?!”

Standing tall above the rest

July 7, 2010 If you read the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, you may have seen the story last week about Bass Pro Shops and the city signing a 55-year lease agreement to transform The Pyramid into a “retail, entertainment and tourism destination.”