Arkansas destinations

March 9, 2010 Gary and I recently spent a weekend in Eureka Springs, taking a little break from our lives here in Batesville. We found a cute little B&B that was offering a romantic getaway package and enjoyed two days of peace and quiet. We slept in, took long leisurely walks, took in the sights, window shopped and did things on our own schedule. It was a nice change of pace.

Staff increases for children

March 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK —  State government is tightening its belt in almost every area, and during the current fiscal year has had to reduce its budget by $206 million.However, during the fiscal session that formally concluded last week the legislature was able to maintain staffing increases in a vital program — the protection of abused and neglected children.

Fan featured in calendar

March 8, 2010 The term “pin-up girl” has been around since World War II when soldiers would “pin up” photos of the models featured in their armed forces newspapers and those featured in magazines of the day.Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page could be considered some of the first; however many “pin ups” never became anything more than just a pretty face.

Playing parlimentary games

March 5, 2010 Well, the not-so-surprising news of the week out of Washington is that President Obama is now calling on Congress to schedule a straight vote on the Democrats’ health care reform measure.  The new twist is that Democrats now recognize that their flawed plan, which has been met with stiff resistance from congressional Republicans and the American people, can only be passed on a pure party-line vote. So after a one-day, photo-op summit, President Obama has decided the time for negotiation has passed.

O Canada, Eh?

March 5, 2010 Dear Canada. Way to go, you hosers. Did yourself proud and put on one heck of an Olympics. Congratulations for providing an incredible 17 days of thrills and spills on the ice and snow and in the slush and fog. That was a winter games for the ages, except for that excruciatingly obvious lack of winter thing. As it turns out, Washington, D.C. might have been a better host city, but who knew? Although, a quick call to Al Gore might have been worth the international toll-call charges.

Civil War battle was fought at Lunenburg

March 4, 2010 The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society has applied for matching funds from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial to be used to erect a historical plaque telling about Lunenburg’s involvement in the Civil War.About that involvement — thereby hangs a tale. And not only a tale, for an unfortunate man was also hanged, although the folks who put the rope around his neck were only trying to scare him into confessing for a misdeed. No one knows whether the man was guilty or not.But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Freedom and faux populism

March 4, 2010 The trick to great rhetoric is to pick a word or phrase everyone likes and no one can possibly be against. Then take that expression and be completely for it daring anyone to challenge you.