Celebrating Mother Teresa

August 26, 2010 Today, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata [Calcutta]. Mother Teresa, a devout Catholic, abandoned everything to  follow Jesus  into the slums and serve him amongst the poorest of the poor. She lived her life at a very deep  spiritual level and was admired by millions throughout the world.

Definition is different

August 26, 2010 Dear Editor:In reference to Tom Purcell’s editorial that appeared in the 8/25/10 edition of the Batesville Guard, I must admit that I disagree with his conclusion that if you follow the legal argument presented in the California Proposition 8 case that one would agree that “a state has no legal basis for banning same-sex marriage.” The argument that a ban on same-sex marriage is a violation of the U.S. Constitution ‘s equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment does not hold water for me.

Same-sex marriage

August 25, 2010 I hope they know what they’re getting themselves into.I speak of same-sex couples who are hoping to marry. Longtime conservative litigator Ted Olson says it is just a matter of time before they’ll be free to do so.Olson argued successfully against California’s Proposition 8 — a ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by voters — which banned same-sex marriage.

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.