Opportunity to improve lives of citizens

July 28, 2010 Dear editor:On August 10 Batesville voters will have the opportunity to approve construction of a Batesville community center and sports complex. Does this include a tax increase? Yes; a 1 cent temporary sales tax for construction and a permanent 1/4 cent sales tax for maintenance. This is trivial compared to our tax burden for poor health.

Now is precisely the time

July 28, 2010 I was born in Batesville and have lived here for most of my life. Like so many others, I grew up playing ball at Fitzhugh and North Complex. Now I have two sons that also play baseball and soccer at these facilities. I am also a board member for ICYAA and on the Parks and Rec Commission. Our facilities have served us well for a long time, but as a community, we are in need of an upgrade. Many have argued that now is not the time, but I would argue that now is precisely the time.

How to mooch off your parents

July 27, 2010 I can’t really blame them, if you want to know the truth.I speak of the latest down-economy trend: More 20-somethings are moving back home with Mom and Dad — and happily accepting financial assistance.So pronounced is the trend — some 41 percent of parents are giving their 20-somethings some 10 percent of their combined income — that Parade magazine published six tips on how to “help grown children without going broke.”Which prompts me to offer 20-somethings tips on how to take advantage of a good situation.

Get out and vote

July 27, 2010 Stop the Sports Complex ParadeIt is time that city officials end their parade of activities for a sports complex. It is going down in defeat. They need to move on to projects that are going to more directly benefit the future of Batesville like the North Little Rock natural-gas fueling station being proposed by Mayor Patrick Hays.

Support the complex

July 27, 2010 Dear editor:Please join me in supporting the proposed recreational complex. This new complex could move our community forward in so many ways. Economic growth, healthier lifestyles, and family activities could make such a positive impact on our community.

Keeping up with ‘Joneses’

July 26, 2010 I want to preface this letter by noting that I will not have the opportunity to vote in this election. I have called Batesville home for 33 years and I am very proud of the improvements that are being made to our fine city. That being said I want to bring some thoughts into this process for “Moving Batesville Forward.”

Response to writer

July 26, 2010 Dear editor:I want to correct something said in a recent Letter to the Editor (Thursday, July 22) by a concerned taxpayer. Most of the letter was complaining about the proposed tax increase for the new recreation complex and illegal aliens and her suggestions regarding both. The part I take exception to is her implication that the Humane Society is somehow funded by tax revenues. Then she makes some derogatory remarks about our operation — which got my dander up!