Tax is ‘unfair’

July 20, 2010 Dear editor:As one of the residents that lives outside the city limits of Batesville, I would like to address some of my concerns of this new sales tax proposal.

‘Bionic’ cat gets new feet

July 19, 2010 Oscar’s got a brand new pair of feet.A British house cat is being called the bionic cat since being fitted with prosthetic feet in November, and he’s made a full recovery, according to doctors.Ya’ gotta love a story about a defenseless animal who gets some much needed help, especially one whose hind paws were severed by a combine harvester. However, doctors say the procedure, performed in England, could serve as a model for humans.

Car squabble hurts Dem unity

July 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The dustup among Arkansas’ top Democrats over the personal use of their state-issued vehicles doesn’t threaten the party’s control over constitutional offices. But it certainly doesn’t help a party trying to show unity in a tough election year.


July 16, 2010 To the Editor:I will make this short and to the point. I have seen the program on the new proposed recreational complex and am totally in favor of this facility for Batesville.I have lived in Arkansas and in Evening Shade for over forty years.In answer to those who wrote opposing the proposed complex, I have been paying your TAXES in Batesville and will continue to pay taxes every time I shop in Batesville.This TAX will be paid by everybody that visits Batesville and EATS or SHOPS in Batesville.


July 16, 2010 Dear editor:I have watched and listened to the debates and the attempts to sell us the new recreational complex with a great amount of interest. Mainly my interest is because this thing will cost me money. So far what I have learned is the fact that they want me to go to the car lot, be given a long-term note I have to pay and they will show me what kind of car, the color and options, and where it is later.

Court sides with student

July 16, 2010 After a yearlong legal battle, Adriel Arocha has finally won the right to attend public school wearing his hair in traditional braids — a practice his family believes is essential for expressing their faith as members of the Liban Apache tribe.Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a Texas school district violated the then-kindergartner’s religious-freedom rights in 2008 when it refused to exempt him from the district’s dress code requiring boys to wear short hair.

Job is finished

July 15, 2010 Dear editor:As a person who has driven Harrison Street daily to go to work at the Community School in Quail Valley, I would like to express my thoughts on the work of White River Materials, Atlas Asphalt and the Arkansas Highway Department.The workers, who have been out in all kinds of weather, were always polite as they guided people through the positioned barricades.I know it’s been a long two years for all, but sure has been worth it for our good ride now!“So Long” to the workers, the big machinery, the barrels and the cones!Thank you.Elaine Sweet

Draft idea

July 15, 2010 Dear editor:What if we had a Congressional draft? Not a military draft, but a draft like the NBA or NFL. Districts that suck, like crummy sports teams, get first pick. The draft supposedly brings equity to the teams. Here in the first district we could use a little equity. After the last 20 years, we deserve the King James of Congress to represent us.Looking at the data from the last full session of Congress, the Heartland Institute on Poverty found the first district of Arkansas has the highest child poverty rate in the state.

Land bridge from Scandinavia?

July 15, 2010 In November of 1963 the crew of a fishing boat near the southern coast of Iceland saw a billowing black cloud about 200 feet tall bursting from the cold ocean water.The captain radioed a report and within three hours scientists, journalists and sightseers began arriving.By the time the crowd started gathering, the plume of black was 12,000 feet high and about every half-minute explosions at its base sent ash, dust and chunks of superheated rock flying 500 feet or so into the air.

Not right, left issue

July 14, 2010 Americans hate taxes. It’s not a right or left issue. It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s not an old or young issue. It’s strangely not even a rich or poor issue. It’s an American issue. It’s our biggest peeve. We all agree on some level: Our country is great, but we feel very cranky about forking over our money to the government.This is an odd character trait in Americans. For example, we happily pay for cable even though television is free — we clearly have no problem signing up for more bills.