Upholding religious freedom

January 28, 2011 It’s not every day that a school board votes unanimously to ignore legal advice, defy Supreme Court precedent and invite litigation.But that’s exactly what happened earlier this month in Giles County, Va., when members of the board ordered school administrators to hang the Ten Commandments on the walls of the county’s five public schools.

Government workers are the new illegal aliens

January 27, 2011 Did you know the government can’t create jobs? Nearly two years ago on CNN, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said, “Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created jobs.” And then, “Trust me.”When Steele said those words, he was widely panned. It was dismissed on the right as a gaffe and debunked on the left as grossly inaccurate.It was laughable ... when Steele said it.

State of the Union drinking game

January 27, 2011 NEEDED TO PLAY:•  Four taxpayers of any sex: One rich, white banker- type wearing dark suit with loosened tie. Two ordinary folks wearing jeans; one in a blue or flannel work shirt, the other in a white shirt, sleeves rolled up. One poor, bedraggled person wearing clothes that look like they were retrieved from the bottom of a rodeo Dumpster behind the animal-performer stalls.• One living room with a TV tuned to the State of the Union Address.

Volunteers essential to community

January 27, 2011 When we think about the County Cooperative Extension Service we may conjure up several mental images. For those of us who remember the television program “Green Acres,” we may visualize county agent Hank Kimball. In reality nothing could be further from the truth.

‘Rethink action’

January 27, 2011 Dear editor:I would like to make some comments on the recent action taken by the Batesville School Board. The board voted to support the decision made by the recently hired superintendent, Mr. Willison, to fire Mr. Richard O’Neal.Mr. O’Neal was hired by the Batesville School District upon graduation from high school in 1980 as a custodian. There is an old proverb that says, “A man’s gift makes room for him.” Mr. O’Neal rose from the custodian position to being made coordinator of the physical plant, custodial and transportation departments in 1994.

The unusual horticulture project

January 26, 2011  Bart had a very special bird that stood in his room. It was carved from one piece of wood in a long arch that narrowed toward the top. It was made to look like a long necked heron. The bird was strange looking, but wasn’t as strange as Bart was talking to it. He would discuss with it his dating prospects, or more accurately, his lack of them. This wooden bird even had a name. He called it Prudence.

State agencies under scrutiny

January 26, 2011 LITTLE ROCK —  A few state agencies and commissions, as well as state-supported universities, operate with independence from legislative oversight because their powers are granted to them in the state Constitution.That may change after the 2011 session.If Senate Joint Resolution 2 is adopted, and if it is approved by Arkansas voters, it would make those commissions and institutions more accountable to the legislature.

Americans poorer than last year

January 26, 2011 Americans are getting poorer, and the media, in a desperate bid to prop up Barack Obama, are refusing to report the story. The destruction of wealth is the direct result of government policy, and with an almost complete media blackout, many are oblivious to the suffering.First, despite what you read in the newspapers and hear on TV, taxes are going up. The truth is: inflation is a tax. Inflation is a tax on anyone that transacts in US dollars. Do you use dollars? If you answer yes, then inflation is robbing you.

The state of things

January 25, 2011 President Obama will deliver his State of the Union message tonight. What might he say to inspire and move the nation forward?Tonight I want to offer my vision for America and a new American dream.(a) The new American dream should include a strong family, enduring values, excellence in education, dependable and affordable healthcare, secure employment and secure retirement, and a safe and prosperous homeland.