Families wait on decison

September 10, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas families with a member who suffers from developmental disabilities are closely watching a trial taking place in a courtroom in Little Rock.State government is on trial, defending the operations of the Conway Human Development Center against a lawsuit brought by federal officials of the United States Department of Justice.

Remembering 9/11

September 10, 2010 It won’t generate headlines or make “breaking news” on cable networks but on Sept. 11 tens of thousands of Americans will fan out into their communities to run food drives, repair schools, refurbish neighborhoods and perform many other acts of service to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.All of these volunteer efforts are part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance proclaimed annually by the president, as authorized by Congress in 2009 at the urging of 9/11 families and first responders.

Spending the money

September 9, 2010 Having plunged the nation into a deep financial crisis with his wild and unrestrained spending of money we do not have — on things the nation does not need — President Obama is now proposing to spend even more, claiming that this time it will work.On Monday, he called on his pet Democratic-controlled Congress to turn on the money spigot once more, insisting that this time it will stimulate an economy in the doldrums and create jobs in a time of rising unemployment.

Calamine has colorful history

September 9, 2010 The community of Calamine in Sharp County was a booming place during pioneer times, and not just because of the silicate mineral for which it is named.In fact, the discovery of calamine, an important ingredient in zinc ore, was not made until 1856. The exact details of the discovery apparently were never recorded.

Osama may be winning

September 8, 2010 “What’s the matter, pal? You look down in the dumps.”“I can’t help it. I’ve been wondering lately — could Osama bin Laden be winning?”“Winning? Are you nuts! After he and his conspirators attacked us on 9/11, he had to flee to a cave.”“I may not be a policy expert or historian, but hear me out. Right after al-Qaida attacked, we were united. We invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban harbored terrorists.”“We rolled right through the place, too!”

Fables and tall tales part of politics

September 8, 2010 My middle son came to me with an outlandish story. One of exquisite grandeur and conquering prowess that propelled him into the role of a hero.He was so dramatic and excited as he spun his tale of heroic deeds. Finally, he came to the end and with his head cocked to the side and his toe moving make believe dirt across the floor he says to me, “Daddy, I’m just kidding.”

Fall turkey hunters take heed

September 8, 2010 If you love to hunt turkeys in the fall, I wouldn’t get my gun and camo ready, just yet if I were you. As you surely recall, the fall turkey season was canceled last year at the last minute. Meetings were held for the purpose of gathering “public input” about hunting around the state on Aug. 24.

Peter, Paul theory

September 7, 2010 Dear editor:Why so excited? Robbing Peter to pay Paul, I’m still trying to figure out why I’m supposed to be so thrilled about the call center coming to Batesville.

Respect for flag

September 7, 2010  I remember talking to some students in a grade school about the respect that should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. I asked a student why we should show respect for the flag? His answer, “There have been many soldiers die fighting for our country.”

Bugged by OCD

September 7, 2010 Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I did indeed grow up on a farm. Take my aversion to the common housefly. I can’t stand for one to be inside my house, landing on our countertops, furniture, walls, etc. I make myself crazy waiting for it to land so I can swat it. And after Gary or I have killed it, I have to get out the Lysol anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down every available surface the fly might have touched (even if I didn’t see it). If there are dishes left to dry in the sink, I’ve been known to rewash them, too.