Value of words

September 23, 2010 Why should I have to tell you that I love you? I’m married to you, aren’t I? Why should I have to compliment you for doing your job? I pay you every week.It’s the “I shouldn’t have to tell you, you should just know” phenomenon, and it isn’t just confined to elderly, curmudgeon men.Words are hard for many people. They find it difficult to express feelings of love, affection or admiration, and getting a compliment out of them is like trying to squeeze water from a stone.

Just mad in general

September 22, 2010 Man, oh man, I’m mad. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. Take what? I don’t know. And that makes me mad. Angry. Riled up. Cranky. Irate. Livid. Bellicose. Splenetic. Which has something to do with the spleen. Think it involves leakage. Whatever it is, it can’t be good and I got it.

Wary of the technology aware

September 22, 2010 My new cell phone calls people on its own.I know this because people I don’t know call me back, asking why I phoned.I tell them I didn’t phone them — my phone did. Which makes them sore.Unlike the first cell phone I had — it was big and heavy and all I could use it for was to phone other people, which I never did because it cost $400 a minute to do that — my new phone is a “smart phone.”It is called the HTC Incredible and it is based on Google’s new Android technology — a pretty creepy technology when you think about it.

100 years ago

September 21, 2010 Growing up, I suppose I was an unusual child, since I always loved hearing my grandparents’ stories from days gone by. My granddad Evans, especially, had lots of good stories.He loved to talk and whenever he went to Walmart with my grandmother, he’d leave her to do the shopping while he sat on a bench and chatted with anyone and everyone who was waiting, too. He didn’t discriminate when it came to his audience, either. No matter a person’s, level of income, race, political views or whatever, he had a story to tell.

Record numbers

September 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas colleges and universities are reporting strong growth in enrollment this semester, and the availability of lottery scholarships gets most of the credit.The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has a record number of students this fall with 21,406. Enrollment was up 7.8 percent over last year. The College of Engineering and the College of Education and Health Professions had the largest percentage increases and the university’s J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences had the largest numerical increase.

Save the Circle G

September 20, 2010 I could picture the picnic tables of barbecue food where family and friends gathered in the spring of 1967. After all, I’ve watched the footage countless times.I tried to imagine what the field must have looked like with all the house trailers, El Caminos and horses Elvis Presley purchased for the same family and friends who also lived on the property.

Upset with judge

September 17, 2010 Dear editor:Something has bothered me for years, desecration of our flag, but an item in the news September 6th is the last straw.“U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf overturned Nebraska’s ban on flag mutilation, clearing the way for Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church protesters to continue trampling on the U.S. flag when they protest at military funerals.”

Care needed

September 17, 2010 Dear editor:I am writing to you today in regards to the lack of community concern or knowledge in regards to children being ripped from their homes and needing to be placed into the foster care system.I am a former Division of Children and Family Services worker and have personally seen the lack of foster homes in our communities. I have had to remove children from their families for various reasons just to come back to the office and find that there are no local foster homes to place the children.

Message to unlikely voters

September 17, 2010 When Barack Obama was a state legislator in Illinois he occasionally used the tactic of voting “present” on certain bills because the measures, as written, were flawed and the goal was to get them improved before passage. It worked as a legislative maneuver but was misrepresented years later by political opponents who claimed it was a sign of wishy-washiness.