Old buildings, new name

July 27, 2009 It’s true. The only thing constant in life is change. While I try to be mindful and accepting of this fact in my personal life, I can’t help but be bothered when groups want to do away with something historical because it’s too old, doesn’t draw attention like it used to, or because room needs to be made for a parking lot or something more aesthetically pleasing. In this case, I am referring to Chicago’s Sears Tower. Excuse me, I mean Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Reflection: America’s freedom

July 24, 2009 OK, so Memorial Day and July 4th have gone by, it’s about six weeks until Constitution Day, the anniversary of the Bill of Rights doesn’t arrive until Dec. 15 ... and it’s the middle of summer.None of those annual calendar prompts are conveniently available to cause us to celebrate America’s basic freedoms … and it’s the middle of summer, for gosh sakes.

A bumper crop for Barack

July 24, 2009 Sentiment toward President Obama surely is shifting if bumper stickers have anything to do with it:How’s that hopey, changey thing working out for you?Bankrupt America? Yes, we can!I hope I have some change left in four years.Those are some of the top sellers at CafePress.com, an on-demand printer that allows people to customize and sell their own bumper stickers, T-shirts, mugs and other items. More than 200 million items are available at the site.

Down on the farm

July 23, 2009 What would children of today do without all their electronic gizmos? Well, here’s a few things country kids did for entertainment before television, cell phones, compact discs etc. came along; and in some cases, although not in my case, before electric service came to rural homes.

You get what you pay for

July 23, 2009 More than once we’ve been asked about the cheap shots other media outlets take at the Batesville Daily Guard. Until now we’ve let them all slide.It seems petty to respond to something that childish, but given the all-out attack maybe some things just need to be said.The Batesville Daily Guard has always believed that the most important aspect of publishing a daily newspaper is being the eyes and ears of the community. We want to keep our readers abreast of what is going on in our communities, both the good and not-so good news that affects us all.

Annoying TV hosts

July 22, 2009 I watch too much TV. Even in summer, which is supposed to be my vacation from prime time, I find myself switching on the boob tube looking for some new hot show. And if there’s nothing that qualifies, I inevitably settle for something “less than.” Which explains why I’m watching yet another season of “Big Brother.” With the exception of my can’t-miss “Survivor” and HGTV makeovers, I can stand most reality shows only to a certain extent and when I’ve had my fill, I’m ready to channel surf.

Judging the moment

July 22, 2009 It’s the moment when the usually calm mother screams at her kids, or the normally kind man losing his temper or the competent TV news anchor rolls her eyes after a trying segment.Yet still we judge.Whether it’s a celebrity or the average Joe or Jane, we take one slice of a person’s life and assume it’s the net sum of their total character.

Wanting to be a dog

July 21, 2009 Who doesn’t occasionally dream of being something they’re not?Ditto wanted to be a dog, or so he thought. He actually was a big, young tomcat living in a house with much older Queens (capital Q, thank you very much). Like all female cats, the Queens considered themselves royalty, far superior to mere toms. Young males, like Ditto, were barely allowed into their Royal Courts, and then only as jesters, since they sometimes proved to be amusing.

Landers gets religion

July 21, 2009 During a quick trip home to Batesville over the weekend, finding it necessary to make the 300 mile drive from Westside to over near Newark, where the entire city has apparently decided to relocate, me ‘n Mama took our customary vehicular stroll down Main Street on the way back — just to get a look. Imagine our surprise when we saw the gutted remains of the Landers Theater, and a sign there proclaiming it to be the location of a new church.