I’ve learned…

April 12, 2010 I”ve learned ....It’s true, you learn something new every day.So, when I received this message from a Facebook friend, I thought it would be worth sharing. “I’ve learned” is a “pearls of wisdom” list compiled and attributed to Andy Rooney, correspondent of CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Meanwhile, urban legend Web site, www.snopes.com, claims Rooney did not author the piece.No matter who it belongs to, however, I found it to be insightful and worth a read and I hope you do, too.

Adoption process challenged in court

April 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — State law that restricts who can become a foster parent or an adoptive parent is being challenged in a lawsuit filed in Pulaski County.The law prohibits unmarried couples from adopting children or from becoming foster parents. It became law after Arkansas voters approved Initiated Act 1 in 2008.

Trust in the GOP

April 9, 2010 When Republicans warn that a policy is a job-killer — Americans should listen. If any group of lawmakers and thinkers know about killing jobs it’s the Grand Old Party. In 2008, the final year of the Bush Administration, after two terms of careless deregulation implemented with bastardized pseudo-free market battle cries, the economy lost 2.6 million jobs. An annual job loss not equaled since 1945. When it comes to job extermination the GOP’s display case has a full assortment of trophies. So, of course Republicans are now the best authority on how not to kill jobs.

Trust in the GOP

April 9, 2010 When Republicans warn that a policy is a job-killer — Americans should listen. If any group of lawmakers and thinkers know about killing jobs it’s the Grand Old Party. In 2008, the final year of the Bush Administration, after two terms of careless deregulation implemented with bastardized pseudo-free market battle cries, the economy lost 2.6 million jobs. An annual job loss not equaled since 1945. When it comes to job extermination the GOP’s display case has a full assortment of trophies. So, of course Republicans are now the best authority on how not to kill jobs.

Church leaders must be held accountable

April 8, 2010 If the head of a major business covered up the sexual abuse of children by his employees by simply moving the guilty workers to another location, that CEO would be held criminally accountable. The same thing would happen if a superintendent of schools covered up the rape of innocent kids by reassigning the offending teachers to another school.

Fog is clearing but the controversy is not

April 8, 2010 Consequences have benefits. Consequences teach us laws of science, economics, and polite society. Consequences have taught us everything we know. Consequences are God’s reminders everything we do, think, or say matters.Most unintended consequences are predictable. Someone has too much to drink, and decides to race his car to his next destination. Democrats buy votes with trillions of dollars of entitlement programs.

Springtime in Washington

April 7, 2010 Ah, springtime has arrived in Washington, D.C.The National Cherry Blossom Festival is under way. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them given to America by the Japanese in 1912, are in full bloom.It reminds me why Americans are so wary of Washington.In the spring of 1999, you see, some culprits had been chopping down cherry trees.The National Park Service, in a state of high alert for days, finally identified the tree fellers: three beavers, who decided to construct a dam in the Tidal Basin.

Going with ‘Coca-Cola’ here

April 6, 2010 I’m calling this column “Coca-Cola.” Although I have little to say about Coke, it’s my hope that the giant soft drink company will send me a few bucks for the naming rights.

Passover the forgotten eggs

April 6, 2010 The Easter Bunny is getting a little sneaky in his old age, or forgetful, one of the two.Of course, this happens to us all, but this past weekend the Big B forgot how many eggs he hid at my folks’ house. Fortunately it was found before it could start to stink up the joint, and that made me think about how many eggs we’ve “lost” over the years, only to be  ed to them days later by their odor. My brother-in-law said when he was a kid and they found an egg in the couch or something a week later, they’d just eat it. And guess what? He and his siblings all lived!