Responsibility of the press

June 26, 2009 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Our Founding Fathers inextricably linked freedom of the press with freedoms of exercising religion, speaking publically, assembling peaceably and petitioning the government “for a redress of grievances.” In a sense, all these freedoms are sacred rights.

17-pound bass rumor

June 25, 2009 A story about a 17-pound largemouth bass in Crown Lake at Horseshoe Bend is just a fish tale, said Keith Stephens, spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.After being asked about it, Stephens took 24 hours to check out the story before confirming it is only a rumor.What allegedly happened was this: Some Game and Fish personnel, electroshocking fish for a population study on Crown Lake, turned up a largemouth bass that weighed 17 pounds and some-odd ounces.

Talking with thumbs

June 24, 2009 Last month my 16-year-old sent and received 8,307 texts. Yes, you read that number correctly — 8,307 text messages in one billing cycle.Of course, she says that number is misleading. “They count the sent messages, too, and a bunch of those were probably group texts.”So the real number she sent last month is probably only a scant 3,500 or so.

’80s ladies return

June 24, 2009 Big hair. Aqua Net. Shoulder pads. According to those in the know, the fall 2009 trends are all of the above. Just think, it will be “Dynasty” all over again. Throw in some leather, MC Hammer pants and voila ... the ’80s return. While not everything was to my liking during that era, a lot of things were. And, award-winning singer/songwriter K.T. Oslin, who may best be known for her “’80s Ladies” hit, had us all singing about the different stages of our lives.

A tribute to my Dad

June 23, 2009 I grew up in a very traditional 60’s household. My dad was a hard working machinist in a local factory. Until my sister and I were older, Mom either stayed at home or worked part-time in retail. She did all the housework and cooking. Dad liked to come home after work, have a few beers and watch TV. Mom was the disciplinarian in the family. There was none of this “you just wait until your father comes home” stuff. If a kid needed a smacking, she was perfectly capable of fulfilling that duty.

Found items

June 23, 2009 We’ve all found something. You know, books, receipts, notes, cards, sketches and pencil drawings, poems and limericks, etc. I didn’t mean the meaning of life or anything. I’m talking about those little non-descript items found on a shelf at the grocery store, stuck in a gym locker, on the school bus or a park bench, left behind at the doctor’s office or inside a library book, a coat pocket or even abandoned houses about to be torn down.

Coal plant faces battles

June 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Opponents of a $1.6 billion coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas have multiple fronts on which they’re battling the facility, and limited time to keep waging that fight.With appeals pending before the state Court of Appeals and state regulators, environmental groups are attempting to show that Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s proposed John W. Turk plant — and the pollution they say it’ll bring — hasn’t been given a close enough look before winning approval.