Koran burning planned for 9/11

September 2, 2010 In case you missed some of the lowlights of the 20th century, one charismatic pastor from Florida is trying to bring them back. Yes, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville is planning a Koran burning for the ninth anniversary of 9/11. His church, the ironically named Dove World Outreach Center, plans to show its contempt for the Islamic holy book, a tome the pastor admits he’s never read, by using it as fuel for a bonfire.

100-year gap in education

September 2, 2010 Award-winning author Tony Horwitz seeks to fill in a 100-year gap in his public education in his 2008, 445-page book “A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.”In elementary school, he writes, he was taught about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock in 1620.And of course, he was taught about Christopher Columbus in 1492.But what, he wondered, happened during the 100-plus years between those two dates? Did nothing happen in North and South America during that span of time?

Under the Hill adventures

September 1, 2010 We had just stopped to sip a cold one and spend a few minutes away from the heat and found the bar empty except for a couple of regulars. It was just supposed to be one beer and we’d be outta there. After all, there were places to go and sights to see and daylight was burning.

Update on animals

August 31, 2010 Dear editor:Thank you so very much for putting the pictures and write-up about our abuse calls in the paper. Shortly after the write up, several people took the time to just stop by the shelter and thank us for what we do. It was very touching!

Loopy letters

August 31, 2010 Is the end of cursive writing at hand? If so, does it mean the end of civilization as we know it?Lately I’ve heard more than one person talk with dismay about the pending death of cursive writing. Isn’t a shame, what will people do without it, etc.? The conversations among the older generations are pretty much the same.

One born every minute

August 31, 2010 It could have been worse.Some years ago, I had just spent the last of my savings to have a British convertible restored.I was a master then at buying high and selling low. Nonetheless, desperate for cash, I was eager to sell.I figured I could get $4,900 for the car, but I was also a master at poor timing: Only a fool would sell a convertible just before winter.My newspaper ads generated no calls. My for-sale sign in the window generated only one lead.

One born every minute

August 31, 2010 It could have been worse.Some years ago, I had just spent the last of my savings to have a British convertible restored.I was a master then at buying high and selling low. Nonetheless, desperate for cash, I was eager to sell.I figured I could get $4,900 for the car, but I was also a master at poor timing: Only a fool would sell a convertible just before winter.My newspaper ads generated no calls. My for-sale sign in the window generated only one lead.

More money for schools

August 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — A legislative subcommittee recommended spending an additional 2.5 percent on public schools next fiscal year to ensure that education is adequately funded as required by the state Constitution.That  would mean $69 million in increased funding for schools from kindergarten through grade 12 in the 2011-12 school year.

A 75-cent dream

August 30, 2010 Like most unmarried gals, I dream of what my wedding day will be like, what my colors will be and what my dress will be. (If you’re a regular reader of my column, you know I’m a big dreamer.)There’s just one little catch. I don’t want just any dress. I want it to be cheap.Let me rephrase that. I want it to cost cheap, be in good condition and be a 1950s-style dress. Whether it’s true vintage or a reproduction doesn’t matter. I just don’t want to pay an arm and a leg.