Is the tea-party Islamophobic?

August 3, 2010 The current wave of anti-mosque protests around the country represents a new threat to the religious freedom of Muslims in America — a threat directed not at terrorists who act in the name of Islam, but at all Muslims and Islam itself.Incidents of discrimination and bias aimed at Muslim Americans have been rising since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But anti-Muslim rhetoric has taken an ominous turn in recent months as a growing number of political and community leaders — some with tea-party affiliations — have begun warning of a “Muslim takeover” of America.

Failing to show respect

August 2, 2010 Something must be wrong with the world when not every vehicle meeting an oncoming funeral procession pulls off the side of the road out of respect.Isn’t this something you’re not only supposed to do, but something you should do?It disheartened me Sunday afternoon when on the way to Jonesboro, I saw one or two vehicles disregard this and drive right past the procession, without slowing down either.

Beebe faces opposition

August 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe isn’t lacking in campaign cash or high approval numbers as he seeks a second term in office. What he’s lacking instead are the types of sweeping proposals that put the Democrat in the governor’s mansion four years ago.Then, Beebe was running on a platform that included proposals to cut two major taxes, expand pre-kindergarten programs and create an incentive fund to attract new businesses to the state.

Behind the leaked documents

July 30, 2010 The man behind the torrent of leaked documents wants to end the war in Afghanistan, and he doesn’t care how much damage he does to the troops on the ground in that hostile environment. Now hailed by anti-war liberals as some kind of a hero, Australian computer hacker Julian Assange is part of an international cabal dedicated to doing mischief that endangers U.S. national security.

Things to do today

July 30, 2010 Let Batesville Guard readers know that “Purity” is my best book so far, and that a PDF download can be ordered, really, really cheap at, using almost any debit or credit card, or PayPal.Work on formatting “Purity” for paperback printing, Ipad and Kindle.Call Pablo to mow the yard again, because I never got around to calling the lawn mower fixer guy.Check with June, next door, to see if she has Pablo’s number. I can’t find it.Buy some sticky notes, so I can leave them on June’s door when she’s not home.Call the lawn mower fixer guy.

A routine life

July 30, 2010 This week I was fine on Monday and really sick on Tuesday with a virus, which meant the doctors could only treat the symptoms and I’d have to wait it all out on my couch with a large box of tissues. That threw off an entire week that was already filled to the brim. I had to reschedule and ask for help and then let the rest go. Any kind of illness is always a great reminder of humility and powerlessness over anything.

Eggshell starting to crack

July 29, 2010 A huge mosaic made of tile covers the floor of the ancient Palazz Barberini at Palestrina, Italy, depicting a scene of the Nile River in one of its annual flood stages when boats of all sizes could move about areas that were usually under cultivation.Remember, this tile mosaic was put into place when the building was constructed 2,200 years ago, in the first century B.C.

Vote for prosperity

July 29, 2010 Jobs are key to moving our economy back toward prosperity for everyone.Between now and November’s election savvy voters will seek information about jobs, the economy, new and rising taxes, growing deficits and debt, and ideas about how to lead our nation back to prosperity.Savvy voters will look for leaders who propose solutions, not politicians who look backward with nothing more than name-calling, blame-gaming ineptitude and poor judgment.

Community center at Fitzhugh, ball fields on Gap Road

July 29, 2010 Dear editor:I would like to address many recent letters to the editor opposing the tax for a sports complex and community center.First, I want to clarify and emphasize that the community center would be located at the current site of the little league fields and tennis courts at Fitzhugh Park, providing a central location for all city and county residents to use the new pool, aquatic center and recreation facilities. The ball fields will be moved to one location on Gap Road.