Let our fear be more accurate

August 25, 2010 Right after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a dry cleaner’s storefront was vandalized and set ablaze in Modesto, Calif. The reason? The business was named “French Cleaners.”

Tootsie Rolls take the heat

August 24, 2010 “In this corneeeerrrr, weighing in at approximately 1 and a half ouncessssss, Tootsieeee .... ROLLLLLLLL!!!“And in this corner, the Wing Shack’s scorching, blistering, Wiiiings on Fiiiiirrrrrre!”Gary and I learned an important lesson this weekend: If you eat something too hot for your palate, chase it with a couple Tootsie Rolls.

Not about the stuff

August 24, 2010 What is lack of organization costing you? According to The Wall Street Journal, the average worker wastes about an hour a day looking for missing information in messy desks and files. That’s 20 hours a month, or six working weeks a year lost to disorganization.  Said another way, if you got more organized, you could take a month off work every year and still get in an extra two weeks of productivity.

Mosquerade at Ground Zero

August 23, 2010 There is only one halfway-decent reason why a mosque should be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. Maybe you’ve heard of it: that’s the one that lets pretty much anybody say pretty much anything they want, and yes, that includes worshipping whatever goofy deity they choose. Mohammed. Thor. The Prince of Peace. King of Pop. John Coltrane. LeBron James. Baba Ganoush. Twiggy. Cher.

Krystal’s ‘Precious Miracle’

August 23, 2010 “Hey lady! Hey lady!” she hollered, almost protesting, as she and the older man at her side approached the counter of the Montgomery, Ala. Krystal’s.Expecting to see a belligerent customer impatient for her food at the restaurant commonly known for its bite-size hamburgers, I was taken aback when I turned around to find a young girl, about 12, instead.“Hi, welcome to Krystal’s,” the clerk said, smiling.“What‘s your dog‘s name?” the young girl continued.“I don’t have a dog,” the clerk replied.“Do you have any animals?” the girl asked.

‘Equality’ conundrum

August 20, 2010 You know about the brouhaha, right? Seven million Californians voted to uphold the ages-old view that marriage is between one man and one woman and enshrined it into their state’s constitution. With one judicial stroke, a federal judge nullified their will. It’s becoming a common theme.

Defending First Amendment rights not the same as endorsing message

August 20, 2010 Whether or not a Muslim community center and mosque in New York City is built near the former World Trade Center site remains to be seen.And whether or not a Kansas-based church can continue its anti-homosexual protests near military funerals remains to be determined — quite likely in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal grant links rural areas

August 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Thanks to what is being called the largest federal grant ever received by an institution in Arkansas, numerous communities, hospitals and colleges will get connected with broadband access in the next few years.The grant of $102 million was awarded to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It will pay for high speed, interactive links between the teaching hospital in Little Rock and all 75 counties in Arkansas, as well as links among local agencies.

What’s wrong with a few chickens running around?

August 19, 2010 Dear editor:Personal Opinion:Honestly, I agree with Ms. Mary Farmer; what do a few chickens hurt running around Hardee’s. I think it’s kind of unique to see a mom and her baby chicks running around the parking lot. You know Memphis Peabody is/was famous for their ducks.This town needs to quit being so stuffy about the small stuff, like if windows in a store downtown meet the standards of the Historical Society; give the woman a bit of credit for knowing what looked right. I am proud of the looks of our town.

Who is Barack Obama?

August 19, 2010 President Obama couldn’t bring himself to observe the National Day of Prayer or spend time with the Boy Scouts of America, but God forbid, he couldn’t miss the Muslim Iftar Ramadan dinner, or pass up a chance to praise an Islamic center a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero.He later backed down — a bit.