He’s just a president

September 16, 2010 Disillusionment implies at some point you were illusioned. You believed something that turned out not to be true.I watched a documentary where young people in the early ’90s thought their music was “alternative,” and then they were disillusioned when grunge became mainstream. “It’s like, what can you believe in anymore, man.”The point is: disillusionment means you’ve had a fall from grace but it was mostly your fault for believing a falsehood in the first place.

Hand-held church fans, etc.

September 16, 2010 10 MILES WEST OF CAVE CITY — I am actually not 10 miles west of Cave City as I write this. But, my mind is there, in a little country church where I sometimes went to Sunday school when I was 4 and 5 years old.The kids’ Sunday school class was in a back corner of the one-room church. We had little Sunday school cards with pictures of Jesus and lambs and other Bible scenes on them, along with a memory verse on the back of each.

I am my brother’s keeper

September 16, 2010 While national news reverberates with stories of real racially charged incidents, as well as baseless accusations of racism, my neighbors and I recently witnessed an amazing story that would disarm those wars if enough people took notice.

We can fix what ails us

September 15, 2010 Sure, the economy is a mess and the future isn’t looking so hot. But we’ve had big problems before — we’ve solved them before.Take polio.According to the book “SuperFreakonomics,” it would be hard to invent a more frightening illness. Polio struck children. Nobody knew how it was contracted. There was no prevention or cure. And it hit hard every summer.My Aunt Cece contracted polio in the summer of 1951, just as she was starting the eighth grade.

Impact felt by others

September 15, 2010 What happens if your best friend’s sister gets divorced? Or your officemate’s boyfriend quits smoking? Or your neighbor’s husband loses his job?Does it have any impact on you?The answer is probably yes. When someone who is one person removed from your inner circle experiences a decline or improvement in their wellbeing, it can have a direct impact on you.

Daytime TV a sad wasteland

September 15, 2010 While Lady Gaga’s insufferable “Let’s Dance” played, Ellen Degeneres made her way to the stage “dancing” in the semi-awkward style she has made famous. Not merely a quick intro bit before her show begins, this went on for multiple minutes and the audience screamed with delight.

Mistake noted

September 14, 2010 Recently I wrote a column about tolerance toward those of different beliefs whether it’s at Ground Zero in New York City or in our own hometowns. In the column I also made the statement that we didn’t deport Germans during WWII. Thanks to two readers, Art Jacobs in Tempe, AZ and Eberhard Fuhr in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, who were both interred in the 1940s I now realize I made a mistake.

College book report

September 14, 2010 Just as parents try to get over the shock of this year’s college tuition rates, the bills start piling up for peripherals – everything from desk lamps to laundry. So here’s a question regarding one of higher education’s most exorbitant non-tuition items: Why does a collegiate paperback such as “Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life” cost $133.95?

Sara Low Memorial 5K results

September 13, 2010 FemalesName    Hometown    Age    TimeLeah Thorvilson    Little Rock    31    20:26.60Ginny Lantz    Austin    33    22:15.73Logan Bishop    Batesville    16    22:16.39Mollie Matthews    Batesville    17    22:18.01Halle Rush    Batesville    15    22:22.32

Game-changer didn’t work

September 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — (AP) — If Blanche Lincoln was hoping for a game-changer in her uphill fight to save her political career, this wasn’t it.Twelve years ago, Lincoln won her Senate seat in a race where her Republican rival stumbled on the controversial subject of abortion. In her first debate against John Boozman, whose late brother was defeated by Lincoln in 1998, the two-term senator tried to inject the issue one more time.