Insane laws

April 27, 2010 Our city recently passed a helmet law requiring all cyclers — yes, even children on quiet streets — to wear helmets. I’m not sure whether the law applies to exercise bikes. We need to outlaw pants worn below the buttocks. History teaches we cannot legislate morality. First, morals are positive, doing what’s right, not not doing what’s wrong. Laws inherently aim at stopping bad behavior, i.e. “thou shalt not….” Thou shalt not ride thy bicycle without wearing approved headgear, otherwise thou might become a criminal.

Compilation highlights music legacy of Elvis

April 26, 2010 When it comes to the music of Elvis Presley, I’ve heard it all. I don’t say this to sound uppity or nor do I claim to be a fan who knows it all, but after almost 20 years of loving Elvis, I have heard just about every song that’s been released, and that’s close to 700 or more. So, nowadays, when newly released CDs featuring Elvis hit store shelves, rarely do I look twice. The cover may be different, but the songs are still the same and ones I already have. It’s the marketing scheme of music companies.

Addressing criticism

April 26, 2010 Dear editor: To the citizens of Senate District 10: Recently there has been some personal reference to my vote in the 2009 session of the Arkansas Senate concerning Act 631. It has been rather critical of my stance on the matter of control of water resources in our wonderful state of Arkansas. I write this response for the sole purpose of providing full information that has not been mentioned publicly. I owe no apology because I am comfortable with my decision.

Setting the record straight

April 26, 2010 Dear editor: Re: First licensed liquor manufacturer in north Arkansas I take exception with Mr. Ed Ward as to Ward being first to receive a license to manufacture “moonshine” in Arkansas. My grandfather, James A. Luster, son of David Watson Luster, was first in north Arkansas to acquire such a license. James A. Luster manufactured his liquor in or near Bethesda, Arkansas.

Prescription no excuse

April 23, 2010 “Were you high on drugs?” shouted a reporter as Kayla Gerdes, an 18-year-old accused of killing a 69-year-old retired doctor by driving a van into her Long Island house, walked into court.“No,” she sobbed, “It was prescription drugs! It was all an accident! Please stop!”Clear in the accused teen’s verbal defense of herself is that her actions are excusable because she was taking prescription  not street — drugs. Of course, nobody knows if the oxycodone that police say Gerdes was taking was actually prescribed for her or if she was taking it illicitly.

Increase in bird activity elicits questions

April 23, 2010 Birds are noticeably more active in warmer weather. Many species of birds take on breeding plumage in the spring much brighter than their drab fall and winter look, although the timing of the process is variable among species. Goldfinch males will soon become bright yellow. Some people have wondered if feathers change color or if new more brightly colored feathers replace the drab winter ones. The short answer is that the color of a feather is set until the feather is lost.

Writer responds

April 22, 2010 To the Editor: In response to “South gets Shame Game”

South gets shame game

April 21, 2010 Dear editor:The rest of the country continues to shame the South. Last week Gov. McDonnell of Virginia apologized for celebrating his Southern heritage without mentioning slavery. For the past two generations, the South in school texts is synonymous with cruelty and ignorance. Over the years the facts that the South always supported slave citizenship and slaves were freed in the South before the North have been forgotten. The South has never and was never proud of its “peculiar institution,” but that’s not what the war was about.

Respect needed

April 21, 2010 Dear editor:I have lived in Batesville most of my life. All through my life any time my parents or other family members were driving somewhere and they saw a funeral procession, they always pulled to the side of the road, turned the radio off if on, and sat quietly and respectfully until the funeral procession passed us by.When I became of age and began driving, even my friends if I was with them, to this day still, still follow and show the same act of courtesy and respect for a funeral procession.