Know-it-alls are usually wrong

November 2, 2010 Are you like Galileo?Or do you approach life more like a scared Roman?In 1663 Galileo Galilei was jailed as a heretic for having the audacity to suggest that the earth moved around the sun. The man whose groundbreaking work marked the dawn of modern astronomy was convicted of heresy because he had the gall to tell the people of Rome that the sun did not actually rise and set upon them.Am I the only one who sees the dark humor in a genius being jailed for telling people (literally) that they are not the center of the universe?

Expressing belief

November 1, 2010 Dear Editor:Recent events seem to indicate that expressing one’s opinion has become one of the quickest ways to lose one’s job.  If you believe (and publicly express the belief) that homosexual behavior is wrong, you are labeled as a bigot or as a hate monger by the supporters of that lifestyle.

Awareness raised

November 1, 2010 As a lesbian I live in a constant state of awareness. At any moment I may encounter an ugly remark, my property vandalized, my person assaulted. I live in this awareness because these things have happened to me, simply because I am a lesbian. I and most lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) live in this awareness because people like Clint McCance say horrible things that help perpetuate the homophobia and the perception that it is okay to hurt those who are LGBT. Those who are or would be bullies see this as a free pass to torment others.

Blaze fuels kindness

November 1, 2010 I spent many a day in the Edwards Commons building those six weeks during the summer of 2000 as a high school student in the Lyon College Upward Bound program.So, when a fire destroyed the building which served as the college’s dining hall and student union last week, it immediately took me back to that summer and all the times I went there for breakfast, lunch and dinner and spent time with friends I wouldn’t have met if not for the college experience program.

Intolerance goes both ways

October 29, 2010 “Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.”Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.That was apparent this week after a Midland School Board member hit the national spotlight after he posted comments about homosexuals on his Facebook page that caused a national uproar.

Venturing into politics

October 29, 2010 Despite running along a rigorous campaign trail and regardless of the countless hours they put in each day, Chad Causey and Sen. Blanche Lincoln refuse to forget the people of Independence County. Mr. Causey, former chief of staff to Congressman Marion Berry, and Sen. Lincoln have both managed to put in a tremendous amount of time right here in Batesville.  Chad Causey even recruited President Bill Clinton to join citizens of Batesville in a Democratic rally at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Ronald Regan was the tea party

October 28, 2010 Liberals and their Democratic Party allies are frightened out of their halfwits by the re-emergence of the dreaded tea party, which began in Boston Harbor in December 1773, when colonists dressed as Indians dumped shiploads of tea into the water, helping to set off what eventually became the American Revolution.

Pathway to citizenship

October 28, 2010 Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?That was the question put to Delaware U.S. Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons during their debate at the University of Delaware.Here’s a better question: why are Americans even considering the idea? I’m sure many feel the way President Obama feels. Our chief executive said earlier this year that it was impossible to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. I would respond that we’d be surprised what we can do once we put our minds to it.

Hunting for big game

October 27, 2010 Dear God:I’m so glad you are back in charge because for a while it appeared as if you were being replaced. While Arkansas has been known for producing some “pretty important” people, who knew until a few weeks ago that Emon Mahoney and his two cronies at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had such lofty plans.Looking back, all the signs of the times were there.

Fear of flying

October 27, 2010 Juan Williams lost his gig at National Public Radio for saying in complete candor that when he boards a plane and sees people in Muslim garb he gets “worried” and “nervous.”Well, it’s a good thing I never applied for work at NPR because I wouldn’t last a minute. When I board a plane and see a dangerously overweight person heading down the aisle toward the seat next to me I get nervous. When I see a woman with an unticketed infant who’s screaming before the five-hour flight even begins I get worried.