Guns carry responsibility

February 23, 2010 Last week, an elementary student at Westside brought a gun to school, making this the third weapons incident in the past few weeks in and around Jonesboro. The third! The schools have reacted quickly and appropriately, and for that the teachers and administrators should be commended.My concern is this: Where are these students getting the weapons to begin with?A student at Nettleton Middle School had a switchblade. Now, at one time I too had a pocketknife, as did nearly every kid at my high school, but not when we were in sixth grade.

Singing her praises

February 22, 2010 Let me introduce ...I was in the ninth grade when I found her CD in the Walmart music department.I didn’t know who she was, but I scanned the album’s barcode across the music player hanging above the rows of country music CDs, put on the headphones and gave it a listen.Her voice was old-fashioned, a lot like Patsy Cline and I became a fan of Mandy Barnett’s instantly.

A lesson on the tale of two teachers

February 19, 2010 Do you ever feel like you’re surrounded by negativity?Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has a bad attitude. You try your best, but it’s almost impossible to get them to act right and play nice.But what role do your own thoughts and emotions have in creating your environment?Consider the tale of two teachers.They’re both public high school teachers; one teaches biology, and the other teaches language arts (the fancy label for what we used to call English).

Martha’s Big Adventure: Life’s Terms

February 19, 2010 One of my favorite sayings is, “live life on life’s terms,” which means deal with things the way they are step by step in pursuit of the big dream. If you can’t pay your bills, get a job and become a star after hours. If you want to run a marathon, start by walking a mile on a consistent basis. If you want to own a home, start saving and make sure you can reasonably afford whatever you’re buying for the length of the loan.

Life, death in pioneer Batesville

February 18, 2010 “Surprised by Death,” Dr. George Lankford’s 2009 book based on the shooting death of young Nick Burton of Batesville in 1841, is a tremendously enjoyable read. To me, getting to know the details of the 1840s in this city, even centered around such a tragedy, brought pioneer Batesville to life as I had never before seen it or thought about it.

My life on the D list

February 17, 2010 •disappear •darling •dolph• darlis •don •dedicated •drinking •dating •dork •dad •don’t •dallas •deliveries •death •digiorno •drama •dash •diablolical •devout •drugs •depression •decade •dinner •determined •discovered •delete •dancing •divorce •do 

The domino effect

February 16, 2010 A bit of a rhetorical question today: When will the people in charge realize that when it comes to schools, bigger is not necessarily better?

Getting off track

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ strained budget and the amounts for lottery-funded scholarships were supposed to be the top agenda items as lawmakers gathered for the first-ever fiscal session.But it’s the side issues that are stealing the limelight.

Trapped in a gold barrel

February 15, 2010 My daughter is learning how to drive.But, as it turns out, I’m the one getting a lesson.I’m learning all kinds of new things, like how to stifle a scream. And that no matter how hard you push your foot into the floor, you can’t stop the car from the passenger side because there’s no brake buried in the floor mat.I’m also learning that a sudden intake of breath at every passing car does not inspire confidence in a new driver.